Chiropractors are specially trained in treating nerve-related health problems associated with spinal misalignments. The central part of the nervous system is housed within the cranial cavity and the spinal column where major nerve trunks may be affected or irritated by a misaligned spinal vertebra. Once the problem is located, chiropractors know how to adjust the misaligned vertebra back toward the normal position, thereby permitting restoration of the normal nerve supply and function. Once the nerve supply improves towards normal, the body can then go to work to heal itself more effectively.
To Get Pain Relief - Get to the Source
Pain, more than any other symptom, brings people to chiropractic doctors. Indeed pain is the chief complaint of at least 80% of first time chiropractic patients. The pain may be a headache, backache, shoulder ache, or an ache or pain involving any of the body's nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, or joints, as well as pain originating from internal disorders.
Unfortunately, many people before seeing a chiropractor have been taking pain killers prescribed for years but had yet to gain relief from their symptoms.
Billions of Pain Pills
In bringing these facts up, we are not suggesting one should live in a world where pain medication is unavailable for intractable pain or incurable disease. The point is most pain medications consumed in this country are not for intractable pain. For simple headaches Americans swallow some 20 billion aspirin each and every year, to say nothing of the millions of bottles of other over-the-counter and prescription pain remedies. Yet, in many victims, the headaches return over and over with increasing frequency and intensity and prolonged duration. Nor should we forget the millions of persons who regularly take "temporary pain relievers" for chronic backache, sinusitis, bursitis, arthritis, and other common ailments and discomforts.
Pain Pills Ignore Cause
Most people see little harm in such temporary relief measures, but consider this: pain killers do not reach or treat the underlying cause of the pain. Such medication only covers up the pain and may allow a minor problem to become a major health issue, or acute problem to become chronic and permanent. Virtually every chronic problem at one time was an acute problem which did not get proper care.
Chiropractors constantly remind patients who repeatedly resort to pain medication for chronic problems that any relief obtained from medication does nothing for the underlying cause of the symptoms, and may allow the problem to become worse.
Chiropractic Pain Control
Fortunately, much of chiropractic's reputation stands firmly on its potency for relieving pain even though the chiropractor's chief goal is finding and eliminating the underlying cause of the pain. Pain tells us something is wrong, but chiropractic doctors know from experience that merely shutting off the pain without finding and correcting the cause of the pain may destroy health.
Treating Cause Brings Relief
Relief obtained at the hands of a chiropractic doctor means the cause was treated at its source. That's the beauty of natural, safe, effective chiropractic care.