If you're like most people, then you only think about seeing a Palo Alto chiropractor after you've been seriously injured. Perhaps you slipped on an icy front porch, was involved in a traffic accident, or just moved wrong and now your back hurts. Perhaps you woke up with a stiff and achy neck, with no reasonable explanation as to why, and it just doesn't seem to go away. Maybe your medical doctor couldn't find a way to help you. Either way, it's a fact that you probably thought of getting chiropractic care only because you were injured and have nowhere else to turn.
Another fact you probably don't realize, is that chiropractic care can be utilized as preventative care. You don't need to be in pain to begin treatment. In fact, the best time to visit your Palo Alto chiropractor is when you're aren't feeling any pain at all; this way, the chiropractor can help keep your body in alignment in order to possibly prevent many types of injuries. Your chiropractor can help you to do two things: prevent certain common injuries in the future and help you recover from injuries now. If you are unsure whether a chiropractor can help you, here are five reasons you should absolutely see a chiropractor.
#1- You Have Chronic Pain in Joints/Muscles
At the first hint of pain, many of us head straight for the medicine cabinet first. When aspirin and Tylenol can't cut it, we head to the doctor for something that can. If the doctor can't find anything definitive wrong to explain the pain, he may not even continue your pain medication prescription and may abandon looking for ways to "fix" you. If you have suffered an injury the doctor can pinpoint, such as a bulging disc, you may end up having to take pain medication for an extending period of time, which can be harmful to your body and sometimes even fatal.
More than likely, the pain in your joints and muscles are due to issues in your musculoskeletal alignment. Your body is a machine with moving parts much like a car. After prolonged wear and tear, an accident, or just pushing it too hard, the car is going to need to be realigned or you're going to be in for a bumpy ride. It's the same with your body; sometimes you need realigned. The same way keeping up maintenance on your car can prolong needing a realignment, keeping up preventive chiropractic on your body may prolong back injuries and may even prevent them entirely. A chiropractor is trained to keep your body functioning as it’s supposed to.
#2- You Sit For Long Periods/Performing Repetitive Tasks
When you sit at a desk for long periods of time, you end up hunched over the keyboard or phone, maintaining poor posture, and increasing pressure on your neck, shoulders, and upper back. All of this can ultimately cause discs and bones to shift out of place, just enough to make a difference and cause pain and other problems. A chiropractor in Palo Alto can ensure that your spinal column stays perfectly aligned, keeping you from possible running into these kinds of problems later.
In addition, performing repetitive tasks can take a toll on your body, even if the act doesn't seem very evasive. Whether it's standing at a cash register all day on hard floors, twisting, turning, and lifting, (which is a very dangerous combination for your back) or sitting in a chair typing all day, the repetitive movements can lead to overuse, subsequently resulting in injury.
#3- You Have Sharp Pains Which Shoot Down Your Leg
When you experience sharp pain which feels like it's shooting down your leg, weakness, or tingling, it may be an indication that you have a pinched nerve or slipped disc. Before resorting to surgery, get a chiropractor's opinion. After all, if the issue can be fixed with chiropractic instead of surgery, it will be much safer, not to mention you won't have to undergo surgery. Additionally, if the doctor or physical therapist hasn't been able to relieve your pain, a chiropractor may be your answer. If a traditional treatment hasn't been successful, maybe chiropractic will be. A chiropractor can release pressure by performing spinal adjustments and realigning your spine, keeping the nerve from being impacted and taking away your pain.
#4- You Suffer From Frequent Headaches/Migraines Both With Tension in Neck/Shoulders
Frequent headaches can not only be debilitating, but also a pain, pun intended. They get real old, real fast. Unfortunately, headaches can have many causes, but luckily, most of them can be neutralized by aligning the upper back and neck. If you have frequent headaches and your doctor hasn't been able to offer you relief, turning to a chiropractor may be the best thing for you. A chiropractic adjustment and keeping your body in alignment will most definitely lower the frequency of headaches if not eliminate them altogether.
Similarly, migraine sufferers may have a significant reduction in both frequency and intensity with the help of a chiropractor. Furthermore, chiropractic therapy can also alleviate pain, soreness, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
#5- You Are an Active Person
Yes, you read that right. Even though active people tend to be healthier, your body takes a beating when you're active. Staying active also improves your physical, mental, and cardiovascular health, but it may also be taking a toll as well. Any type of sport, exercise, or outdoor play can subject you to a vast array of injuries in addition to strain, pressure, and jarring, all of which can lead to the misalignment of your spine. When your spine is misaligned, your body is all out of wack. After years of being active, your body becomes more prone to injuries such as pinched nerves and slipped discs. However, regular visits to the chiropractor can prevent these things from happening, keeping your spine in healthy alignment.
Chiropractic in Palo Alto
Chiropractors aren't just for those in pain. More importantly, they're for those who wish to avoid pain altogether or at least prolong it. Chiropractic care can keep you healthier, preventing problems in your future. Even if you're not in pain right now, actually, especially if you're not in pain right now, check in with your chiropractor and make sure everything is aligned and well. After all, it was Benjamin Franklin who said it best, "a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
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