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When Should I See A Chiropractor?

Seeing a chiropractor doesn’t always mean you have to be experiencing pain-- visiting a chiropractor could bring you overall wellness.

A lot of people already have a preconceived notion about when is the right time to see a chiropractor. It’s assumed you need to be experiencing some sort of back or neck pain before you get yourself in the doctor’s office, but it’s actually encouraged for people to see a chiropractor for overall wellness.

If you’re interested in seeing a chiropractor, in this article we’re going to be going over what a chiropractor does and the signs that may be your body telling you to go see a chiropractor.

What A Chiropractor Does

You may feel hesitant signing up for a chiropractor appointment if you’re not entirely sure how they may help you-- so we’re here to help you feel more confident in knowing what exactly it is they do.

Seeing a chiropractor could bring you the relief you didn't know you needed-- chiropractors help you fulfill your wellness goals while solving any issues that may be causing you pain.

When you make an appointment to see a chiropractor typically your first appointment is going to be the time where the doctor finds out about you-- if you have any pain, what your diet and history with injuries is. They’ll most importantly take a look at your spine’s positioning and muscle reflexes.

The chiropractor will not prescribe any sort of pain medication as they believe in the body’s ability to heal itself with those techniques that involve realignment of the spine. Their primary healing methods involve spinal manipulation, which is simply when they use their hands or instruments to apply force to specific joints within the spine to move it in a certain direction.

Some other treatments that you may find a chiropractor do are:

  • Relaxation
  • Stimulation
  • Hot and cold treatment
  • Exercise
  • Diet and weight loss counseling

The pain and discomfort you may be experiencing can be a result of an alignment issue-- pain can be caused all over the body by these misalignments, so if you have any questions about ways to alleviate your pain talk to a chiropractor to see if they may be a solution for you.

Signs You Should See A Chiropractor

There are obvious signs to go see a chiropractor, while there are also some not so obvious signs-- maybe a chiropractor is what you’ve been looking for to solve that pain.

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A chiropractor will help tackle many aspects you may be struggling with in your everyday life to help encourage healthy practices that will benefit you for years to come.


Millions of Americans face chronic pain. It can be all consuming and keep you from enjoying your everyday life. Typical issues that bring people into a chiropractor for help are issues relating to the neck, lower back, or shoulders-- it doesn’t stop there though.

Neck, Back, or Knee Pain

If you suffer from neck, back, or knee pain that comes from an unexplained cause it may benefit you to see a chiropractor. We hurt ourselves all the time, whether it’s from running into things or turning in the wrong way, pain can be caused by a myriad of issues. If it persists don’t take any chances, and talk to your doctor about seeing a chiropractor.

Headaches

If you suffer from headaches, you may benefit from making a visit to the chiropractor. Headaches can be caused by a multitude of things like dehydration, malnutrition, oxygen deprivation, or misalignment in the neck or spine. If you’re experiencing headaches due to a misalignment the chiropractor can help relieve those headaches by improving blood flow-- this increases the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain.

The chiropractor also has the ability to recommend diet or exercise programs that may be beneficial to your headaches if you are experiencing issues from dehydration or malnutrition.

Joint or Muscle Pain

General joint or muscle pain is a common affliction that brings people into the chiropractor. Many people reach for the pain reliever, but this can be ineffective because you could be suffering from a musculoskeletal alignment. A chiropractor will work to make sure your body is functioning in a proper way by aligning your spine to ensure there is proper blood flow and nerve conductivity to the joints and muscles.

Sitting for Long Periods of Time

If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor. Sitting for a duration of time likely leads to bad posture. Poor posture will put unwanted pressure on the upper back, neck, and shoulders. This allows for that pressure to build on the discs and bones within your upper body to shift and cause problems like a slipped or herniated disc. If you find yourself facing this kind of pain, a chiropractor will make sure your spine is aligned correctly and give you suggestions for how to properly stand, sit, and sleep in order to avoid furthering posture issues.

Pay attention to all aspects of your body as you think about seeing a chiropractor, what you may think is something insignificant can be an indication of problem issues within your body!

The Soles of Your Shoes Are Wearing Out Differently

When you take a look at the soles of your shoes and notice that there is a difference in how the imprint of your feet look this is a tell-tale sign that your body is out of alignment and needs some readjusting. This ultimately means that your spine is out of alignment-- you are putting different pressure on different parts of your body which ultimately can lead to pain or complications in the future.

Range of Motion Issues

If you’ve done some stretching recently and have come to realize that your ability to move around is different from what it used to be, this is a sign that a visit to a chiropractor could be beneficial to you. Range of motion is important because it keeps your everyday life satisfactory while preventing future chronic issues.

If You’re an Active Person

Being an active person- whether that’s working out or playing a sport, your body is exposed to wear and tear more often than the average person. The added stress and pressure that your body undergoes during these activities can affect the spine and cause a misalignment. If proper care isn’t taken then the body, over time, can be more likely to experience things such as pinched nerves, slipped discs, or other alignment issues. If you love being active in your life, be sure to see a chiropractor to avoid any future injuries and keep your body up to speed with your lifestyle.

If you find yourself nodding along to any of these symptoms, that’s your sign to see a chiropractor. Not only are they going to help you try and fix those chronic pain issues you’ve been experiencing, but they’re also going to be knowledgeable about the best practices for your life moving forward.

The chiropractor will help you feel comfortable and confident in your body again, allowing you to experience a pain free life that prioritizes your health and safety.

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