In today’s busy world it is easy to see how back pain is the leading cause of missed days at work and the number one disability in America. Although many people who suffer from back pain often hear about the benefits of seeing a chiropractor for pain relief, there are many other things that a chiropractor can help treat. Additionally, a chiropractor can offer holistic, natural, and homeopathic treatments that aren’t otherwise available. So, here are 8 things that can be treated by a chiropractor.
During 2019, in the United States alone there were around 3.75 million babies born, with estimates ranging anywhere between 25-90% of pregnant women experiencing pregnancy related pain—that’s a whole lot of pregnant mommies out there who could certainly use a chiropractor! Not only can a chiropractor help with all sorts of pregnancy pain, but they can help control symptoms of nausea as well as shorten labor and delivery times. Pregnancy can also cause changes in the alignment of the lower back and pelvic region, so working with a chiropractor before, during, and after pregnancy is always a great idea.
- Stress and Anxiety
Another symptom of living in a fast-paced world is stress and anxiety. It is estimated that almost one in five adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind. This does also not include the amount of people who experience stress, which is often something that occurs from day to day. When the spine is not in proper alignment, the nervous system is not able to properly communicate with other parts of the body, which may lead to increased symptoms of stress and anxiety. Aside from offering a spinal alignment, many chiropractors are equipped to offer additional treatment options to better manage stress and anxiety.
- Knee Pain
When someone thinks of a chiropractor, it would be no surprise if something like backpain came to mind. However, chiropractors can treat a whole range of conditions including knee pain. Conditions like osteoarthritis lead to the breakdown of cartilage that helps protects joints like the knees. Most often, treatment from a chiropractor can help alleviate the pain associated with conditions like osteoarthritis. Some chiropractors offer knee adjustments while others offer physical exercises that can help strengthen the knee and reduce the pain associated.
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects around 4 million people in the United States every year alone. It is a complex condition that causes widespread pain that can migrate throughout different parts of the body, along with may other symptoms. Since fibromyalgia is such a complex condition, it often requires a combination of treatments. Working with a chiropractor can help identify the causes of inflammation and reduce the symptoms experienced with fibromyalgia. They can also help improve overall communication with the nervous system in the body. When it comes to fibromyalgia, a chiropractor can offer several different treatments, including massage therapy and electrical stimulation.
- Carpal Tunnel
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located between the forearm and the palm. It is made up of bones and connective tissue. The median nerve that runs through this passage can become pinched or compressed—often after repeated, repetitive motion. This can lead to symptoms such as pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling. A chiropractor like Thrive Chiropractic can help diagnose and treat symptoms associated with carpal tunnel, or conditions that mimic carpal tunnel. Chiropractors can offer treatments like realignments or muscle therapy and manipulation techniques to help alleviate the symptoms associated with conditions like carpal tunnel.
Unfortunately, there are many different types of headaches that people can experience. Roughly 45 million Americans complain of headaches every year, while around 4% of the population complain about headaches for more than 15 days every month. It is safe to say that most people know what a headache feels like, yet not many people know that chiropractors can also help treat and manage pain associated with many different types of headaches. The main goal of Chiropractors like those at Thrive Chiropractic is to identify the underlying cause of the headache, and then treat it from there. Even poor posture can lead to chronic headaches!
Sciatica is another complex condition that often arises from many different causes. Sciatica is commonly occuring in the United States, with around 3 million cases reported each year. Symptoms of sciatica include pain that starts in the lower back and travels down the thigh, sometimes running all the way down to the toes. This can be caused by many different things, such as a misaligned vertebra, herniated or bulging discs, and reasons related to childbirth. Seeking treatment from a chiropractor can help correct the underlying condition as well as manage and alleviate pain.
Some of us may remember being checked for scoliosis in gym class, but not many may have experienced what comes along with having the condition. Scoliosis refers to the abnormal curvature of the spine, which over time can affect vital organs like the lungs, the heart, and digestive track. Scoliosis is another very common condition that is estimated to have 3 million new cases reported per year in the United States. It is also associated with symptoms such as back pain, leg pain, arthritis, and balance issues. Working with a chiropractor can help to correct scoliosis through many different treatment options.
These are just a few of the reasons why a trip to the chiropractor may be just the thing you need. Not only does Thrive Chiropractic offer treatment to the Treasure Valley area for a wide variety of ailments and conditions, not just those listed here, but they also offer services such as yoga classes and massage therapy. Stop in any time at our Boise location on Orchard St, browse or website online, or give us a call. We are always accepting new patients and we would love to help with whatever pain you may be experiencing.