When you’re in need of some chiropractic help, it can seem like you don’t have a moment’s rest. Spinal conditions and back pain can weasel their way into each and every part of your day, sucking the joy out of things that might otherwise be lovely. They can destroy your ability to sleep, making each waking hour a struggle against endless tiredness.
This being said, not enough people know how to go about getting help. For some, back pain has arisen gradually over the course of years, so it doesn’t feel like an injury as much as a normal sensation. For others, back pain has been something that several practitioners have tried to alleviate but had no success with. Migraines (which can be connected to the spine) are sometimes considered spontaneous events that cannot be reduced or eliminated by those who suffer from them. The following will explore a few things you might want to keep in mind if you’re looking for chiropractic care. The focus will be on the Portland area, but many of these tips apply to other locations as well.
What Is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care involves tending to the health and maintenance of a person’s spinal column, including discs, nerves, and bones that are related to the spine. The process uses both science and skill to maneuver and adjust misaligned joints, which can help relieve pain and discomfort without the use of medications or surgery. The work focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, including bones, nerves, tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and tends to focus on the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatments might involve relaxation, stretching, stimulation, usage of hot and cold, as well as changes in diet and exercise with the spine in mind.
Understand Chiropractic Licensing
Just like in many other fields, chiropractors in Oregon are required to meet legal standards in order to practice. They must have sought out licensing from the state of Oregon after having studied (typically, it’s a four-year degree undertaken after three years of undergraduate study), received approval from the state, and passed the chiropractic Oregon exams. Practitioners will have a certificate on display or available upon request. If they don’t have this or refuse to produce it, that’s a huge sign that you shouldn’t be considering a particular practice.
It’s also worth noting that you need to look at the date on the license. Just like personal licenses, chiropractic licenses need to be renewed in Oregon on a regular basis. Online refresher courses are available as well, meaning world events like the pandemic are not an excuse for a chiropractor to have an out-of-date license.
Understand That There Are Many Struggles Treated By Chiropractors
Sometimes, the issue is not being sure what kind of help you need to seek out can be the reason you’re not finding solutions to your struggles. Most people know that a chiropractor can help with neck and back pain, but there are many struggles connected to the spine. Headaches, sciatica, symptoms of stress, carpal tunnel pain, digestive issues, high blood pressure, the impacts of pediatric scoliosis, and allergies can all be treated by chiropractors.
Further, women who are looking to prepare for pregnancy, giving birth, or recovery after giving birth can really benefit from chiropractic assistance. Given that drugs are not part of chiropractic care, the treatment can be safely undergone by women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or may become pregnant. Pregnancy involves rapid bodily changes, including lots of additional weight in the lower body. This can impact the spine and cause back pain for some women. There are also a handful of specific changes that are particularly troublesome, including a protruding abdomen, pelvic changes, increased back curve, and postural adaptions. It is particularly important to address pelvic misalignment because this can contribute to whether or not the baby is in a comfortable and safe position both throughout the pregnancy but also during delivery. Chiropractic care can potentially help pregnant individuals control symptoms of nausea, spend less time in labor and delivery, reduce the risk of needing a cesarean delivery and maintain a healthier pregnancy overall.
Understand That Chiropractic Care Can Be Preventative
Even if you have no specific struggles or conditions, you might still be seeking out chiropractic care. If you have a job or regularly do work that is hard on your spine or find your posture is quite off even though it doesn’t cause you any pain, you might want to seek out chiropractic care. A check-up and realignment of the spine can help you prevent issues in the future.
If you are seeking chiropractic assistance for a particular condition or struggle, you might want to first look for a chiropractor in your area who specializes in the particular struggle you’re dealing with. Sometimes chiropractors devote themselves to particular elements of chiropractic in particular. There is a variety of adjusting methods, and not all chiropractors use all of them. There might be a specific method that works especially well with your situation.
Ask For A Medical Recommendation
If you have no idea where to start looking, you can always speak to a doctor about your situation and the sort of help you’re looking for. In many cases, doctors have a list of specialists that they can recommend you see. They might also have the added information of having sent patients to a particular chiropractor in the past and heard back about the alleviation of symptoms of root causes. This means they’re often in a unique position to recommend a professional, having heard from several people how their experience was with that professional.
In addition to standard chiropractic care, some practices provide extra services that can work well in tandem with chiropractic treatment. This could include things like nutritional counseling, acupuncture, massage therapy, ultrasound therapy, spinal decompression, and others. Depending on your situation, some of these extra therapies might be ideal.
The above information should help you determine whether or not you’re looking for a chiropractor and some factors you might want to keep in mind when selecting one. If you’re still uncertain about the course of action you need to take, reach out to a local medical professional for their advice. Every person is different, and this means that the right treatment for each person might also be different.