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Chiropractics for Baby Boomers
Chiropractics is considered a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct spinal mis-alignments. Spinal mis-alignments can affect all areas of one’s health by cutting off the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing that portion of your body from responding optimally. These adjustments restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally.
Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain; neck pain; pain in the joints of the arms or legs; and headaches.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive treatments of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.
Generally Chiropractic Doctors, DC have four years of an undergraduate pre-medical degree before attending four to five years at a college of chiropractics.
Oh, by the way, that ‘snap, crackle and pop’ sound that you hear when your chiropractor is making the adjustments is just the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released.
My Personal Experiences with Chiropractics
My first chiropractic experience was quite a painful ordeal. Not that the adjustment was painful, so much as it was an unexplained neck ‘injury’ that was a little harder to adjust. Also, I was living about eighty miles outside of a major city where I could access a chiropractor. So, it was a very painful hour-long trip on windy roads into the city to see the chiropractor and because I was so sore and tense, he wasn’t able to manipulate my head/neck into place so I was going to have to return the following day for a second treatment. I think I was given some muscle relaxants to take before the trip into town for the second treatment because that seemed to do the trick and I didn’t see a chiropractor for probably close to twenty years after that.
My subsequent chiropractic treatments have all been back and/or hip-related. Sometimes I see my chiropractor several times over the course of a month or two; other times I don’t see him for a couple of years.
And, I really need to get in and see him this coming week as I’ve been dealing with a very painful hip that just won’t go back into place on its own.
It’s been my observation that Chiropractics has changed quite a bit in the last forty years since my first chiropractic appointment.
Back then one had to get undressed and put on a gown before the procedure, then take off the gown and get dressed at the end of the procedure.
Now, I don’t have to take all this time getting undressed and re-dressed. I am just shown to the treatment room and have my bones put back in place.
It seems to me that this is a great time-saver, not only for the client, but also for the chiropractor.
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