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When To See a Chiropractor: 5 Tell-Tale Signs


You've surely heard a thing or two about the great things that chiropractic treatment can do for your health. Still, you might not be sure yet whether you need it or not. So if you’ve been wondering when to see a chiropractor, we're here to help! 


Check out these 5 signs that indicate it's time to make an appointment with a chiropractic specialist. All of them are common issues people face that can be significantly improved with the help of chiropractic care.


Here's why! 


1. You Experience Back And Neck Pain Frequently


Experiencing a back pain episode after lifting something heavy is quite normal. But once the pain passes, it should not come back. 


When you're experiencing chronic back pain, it's a good indication that it’s time to see a chiropractor. After a few sessions, you'll feel much better — and all without painkillers.


“Should I see a chiropractor in conjunction with my medical treatment” is a question we receive often.


The efficacy of chiropractic treatment for back pain is backed by medical studies and accepted by medical doctors. In fact, many orthopedic specialists prefer to team up with chiropractors to help their patients get the best results possible.

 

In complex scenarios, the issue causing the back pain might need medical intervention such as surgery. But in most common cases, pain relief will be experienced after a few spinal manipulations.


2. You Experience Muscle Or Joint Pain Frequently


Frequent muscle and joint pain are commonly associated with problems related to how the vertebrae in your backbone are aligned. The more you ignore them and postpone getting treatment, the worse the pain gets. 


Here's where chiropractic comes in! 


The main goal of chiropractic is to realign the vertebrae in a physiological position to eliminate the issues caused by the misalignment. When the vertebrae are in an abnormal position, they press on the nerves and blood vessels in the area, which, in turn, trigger body-wide symptoms. 


Getting the vertebrae back into their correct position will reduce compression, helping the symptoms go away. So if you're feeling pain in your muscles and joints when moving the slightest, and regularly, you need to see a chiropractor.


3. You Have Poor Posture


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Lack of exercise, poor work ergonomics, and improper sleep positions contribute to an improper posture. 


“Should I see a chiropractor?” You betcha!


Why? What's the worst thing that can happen? 


No, it's not you slouching. It’s pain in the back, neck, muscles, and joints. Did you know that you can even experience headaches because of your bad posture?


And while having an active lifestyle, improving work ergonomics, and following good sleep habits are all very important, seeing a chiropractor will also be worth it. 


Aside from realigning your spine, when you see a chiropractor, you get valuable advice on the correct physical exercise to do and key elements for good ergonomics and sleep hygiene.


4. You Have Poor Posture


Many people believe that having a lower range of mobility and flexibility as you get older is normal. However, lack of mobility is less related to your age — and more related to your lifestyle. 


As mentioned above, not exercising enough, spending hours working in positions that are bad for your back, and sleeping on the wrong type of mattress will impact your posture and how your vertebrae are aligned.


The compression this causes on your nerves and blood vessels contributes to limiting your range of mobility and flexibility. 


If this sounds familiar, you could benefit from a chiropractic visit. Chiropractors offer a holistic approach to treatment ⁠— so it's not all about chiropractic adjustments. It’s also about improving your lifestyle in the best possible way. 


Your chiropractor will help you improve your back and your day-to-day habits for a healthier present and future.


5. You Experience Frequent Headaches And Migraines


The cause of your frequent headaches and migraines can be also related to your lifestyle. 


Dehydration, an unbalanced diet, not spending enough time outdoors, and not airing your home enough contribute to the cause of your headaches. 


A misaligned spine is another major cause of headaches and migraines because it affects the blood flow to the brain.

 

A chiropractor will take a holistic approach to treating your headaches. Chiropractic alignments can help reduce compression on blood vessels and increase blood flow to your brain. Your chiropractor will also provide valuable advice about drinking enough water and what to do to improve your diet and lifestyle to keep headaches away for good.


If you want to learn more about when to see a chiropractor and how our chiropractic services can help improve your health, contact our Los Gatos chiropractic office!


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