No matter your age or athletic ability, chiropractic health care will help keep you fit and active. The basic premise of chiropractic focuses on restoring normal alignment to the joints of the spine and the extremities. When vertebra or other bones in a joint are misaligned a decrease in mobility occurs which promotes joint dysfunction and degeneration.
If you are an athlete it is not uncommon to place excessive demands on the body to improve performance. Chiropractic manipulation will insure proper mobility and reduce injuries. As we age exercise becomes even more important to maintain strength, flexibility, healthy weight and normal blood pressure. Keeping the spine aligned and healthy will insure that adults can stay active well into their senior years.
Chiropractic philosophy is also based on the idea of removing restrictions from the body so that it can work optimally, without the need of risky drugs or surgery. Countless studies have found that people who see a chiropractor are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms and they also are less likely to have surgery for back or neck pain. Chiropractic always sees these options as last resorts rather than the first option. In fact, in a 2013 study in Spine, researchers reported that only 1.5% of chiropractic patients ended up having surgery, while 42.7% of patients who saw an orthopedic specialist had surgery!
Another study published in 2014 in the prestigious medical journal Spine reported that for patients seeking help for musculoskeletal pain, risk of injury caused by treatment was, “76% lower among subjects with a chiropractic office visit as compared to those who saw a primary care physician.” Chiropractic is based on non-invasive adjustments that promote your own body’s innate ability to heal, so it’s not surprising that it’s safer than medical treatment.
Chiropractic care is both safe and effective for back pain or injury, but even more importantly it is an essential part of health and wellness throughout your lifetime. For more information about fitness, health and chiropractic care call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA. 253-927-0660
Chiropractic Patients Use Fewer Drugs
Rhee Y, Taitel MS, Walker DR, Lau DT. Narcotic drug use among patients with lower back pain in employer health plans: a retrospective analysis of risk factors and health care services. Clinical Therapy 2007;29 Suppl:2603-12.
Chiropractic Patients Have Less Surgery
Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-64.