This is the story of an incredible journey, a journey to health and wellness because of chiropractic care. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s start at the beginning. I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle, hiking, roller blade hockey, aerobics and many other fulfilling activities that brought both fun and enjoyment to our close-knit family. It’s hard not to take advantage of the active outdoor lifestyle here in Colorado Springs and my favorite neighboring eclectic town of Manitou Springs. The Manitou incline was also something I enjoyed. Nearly ten years ago that fun and fulfilling life style came to a grinding halt due to low back pain. At first, the pain would come and go. Then it began intensifying and becoming chronic. Finally, realizing this was not going away I began to seek medical attention. Standing, for even just a few minutes, became impossible. It felt as if a band would begin constricting in my midsection and the pain and pressure would just continually increase forcing me to sit down for relief. It didn’t even matter if there was an appropriate place to sit or not. This was so different from my earlier life and I had no idea what was happening to my body. I went to the doctor. No answers. Then I was sent to a gynecologist; still no answers. I was referred to a urologist. Each visit the test (some of them quite embarrassing) would show some minor thing wrong, but nothing that would be indicative of the severe pain I was experiencing. It became very frustrating. Finally, my primary care doctor said to me there is nothing the medical field can do for you; I would suggest you either try chiropractic or acupuncture.
During this time two friends had been relentlessly asking me to try their chiropractor in Colorado Springs. One even offered to pay for me to go. I had tried acupuncture in the past, and just felt that this wasn’t for me. Between the fact that I didn’t relish the idea of needles and the insistence of my friends; I went to a Colorado Springs Chiropractor that she referred to me. He took initial x-rays and then gently adjusted my hips and mid back with what he was referring to as manual spinal decompression. One leg was longer than the other and my hips were twisted and with my pelvis tilted forward slightly. When I walked out of that office I had my first moments of being pain free in several weeks. It didn’t last long, but it gave me hope that we were finally moving in a positive direction. All those “little” things each doctor had found wrong, as well as nerves that were pinched, were in distress since my body had just gotten completely out of alignment.
For about 4 weeks I went to this Colorado Springs Chiropractor three times a week. Then I began going fewer times. At this period, I go every 4 to 6 weeks just to make sure I stay in the proper alignment. I could resume an active life-style and my quality of well-being was exponentially improved! Going into chiropractic care was something that I was basically forced to do, but I am so very glad that I did! Like me, many people are skeptical about chiropractic care and even those who are not skeptical are not sure where to begin. This article will help you sort through the fiction and facts about chiropractic care. First, I’ll explain some common reasons people seek treatment in the first place.
Understanding Chiropractic Care
To start, it would be wise to understand the medical field in general. For example, if you suffer, from headaches an aspirin might be recommended. That would treat the symptom of pain, but does not treat the cause of the headache. You do not have a headache because you have an aspirin deficiency. There are a variety of factors that could cause a headache, tension, stress, reaction to food, improperly aligned spine, fatigue, and several other factors could be the culprit. Chiropractic’s main purpose is to adjust the body back into optimal alignment, giving the body the opportunity to heal itself. This enables one to avoid drugs that generally have negative side effects. Either an accident or injury, the best-case scenario is to take the preventative approach and keep your spine in optimal alignment.
Chiropractor to Improve Posture
Did you realize that chiropractic care can improve your posture? The position of the body while standing, sitting or lying down is called posture. Good posture is also known as neutral spine, and has many health benefits including the prevention of injury. Chiropractic can help improve and maintain posture. It also helps prevent muscle strain, overuse and chronic pain. And finally, it will decrease abnormal joint wear.
Chiropractor for TMJ
Temporomandibular joint disorders usually known as TMJ are among the many problems that a chiropractor may be able to help with. For some reason many people have issues over time with the connecting point between the jaw and the skull. It will become painful or swollen and even begin to click or lock up. Those who suffer with TMJ tend to have more frequent headaches, jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and even neck pain. Chiropractors help with TMJ by alleviating tension and misalignments in the spine thus reducing pressure on various nerves. With continued treatment, those suffering with TMJ are often able to find relief.
A very important time for a woman to receive chiropractic care would be during pregnancy. From conception on, a woman’s body goes through a series of changes. Back, pelvic and even postural changes can cause discomfort and pain. Each spine consists of 24 independent vertebrae that allow your body to twist, move, and bend. It also protects the central nervous system. Subluxations of the spine, happen when two or more vertebrae are restricted and slow down the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions, when pregnant, are caused by the changes taking place in your body as it prepares to support you and the little one on the way. Prenatal chiropractor treatments can be a welcome relief during this trying time on one’s body.
Chiropractor for Neck Pain
One’s central nervous system is connected throughout our entire system, permitting organs to work properly and respond to stimuli. The nervous system begins at from the top of our bodies traveling all the way to our toes. If something is out-of-place in the neck area, pain may be experienced in the arm or even another area of the body. When a nerve is crushed into an unusual position, you will suffer from a pinched nerve. A Pinched nerve in back can be quite frequent and triggered by incorrect posture, heavy lifting, or just stretching out awkwardly as you reach or bend. Chiropractic can help restore the proper alignment, freeing those nerves to function properly.
Chiropractor vs. Physical Therapy
You may wonder which is better for your ailment- chiropractic or physical therapy? They each use two different methods to treat joint and muscular pain with the same ultimate purpose which is to return movement and decrease the pain of compressed nerves and muscle tension. This can potentially help the patient avoid drugs and/or surgery.
In all locations, I assume, and with my personal experience with the Chiropractors in Colorado Springs Co, a trained chiropractor will manipulate your spine and surrounding muscles. Physical therapy entails a trained physical therapist crafting a program of exercises and assisting you into certain positions. They also use massage to relieve pain, restore strength and increase mobility. Of course, the effectiveness of these treatments would depend on the way you were injured, and your faithfulness to do exercises or follow instructions given by the practitioner.
Many times, people suffer with back pain because of having a slipped, or subluxed disc. This results in the spinal column nerves becoming pinched. The chiropractor will manipulate the misaligned area with force and speed. Tension is immediately released. You may even hear a popping noise as gas is freed from the pressure-filled joint. It is possible to experience a reduction in pain and more movement, on the first chiropractic visit. Releasing tension can also reduce the compression of blood vessels. This will ultimately improve the flow of blood to the area which has been injured.
Physical therapy concentrates on gradual recovery and maintaining the results. The effects are generally not felt as quickly as those of a chiropractic session, however you may discover techniques to do on your own making the recovery more complete.
Although they have the same end game, one of the benefits of chiropractic is the results are faster. If you find a chiropractor Colorado Springs that will develop at home exercises, lifestyle changes, and behavior modifications; possibly coupled with a massage therapist; you can enjoy the best of both treatment options within chiropractic.
Here are some signs that you should visit a chiropractor.
- Chronic pain in muscles or joints
- You do a lot of repetitive tasks
- Frequent headaches or Migraines
- Sharp pains that shoot down your legs
- You lead an active lifestyle
Once you have decided that you wish to pursue chiropractic treatment, the obvious first dilemma would be how to find the best chiropractor. It may seem intimidating at first, but don’t let it overwhelm you.
Of course, the ideal scenario is that you know someone personally that has visited the chiropractor and feels that they have done a good job for them. There is nothing as reassuring as a personal referral. With many businesses, including chiropractors in Colorado Springs, you can get people’s opinions through reviews. Using reviews is a helpful method. In this day and age, information is also at our fingertips with online reviews. Of course you read my personal review at the beginning of this testimony. While I was doing my research, here’s some of the reviews I received from patients who used the same Colorado Springs Chiropractic treatment I have been seeing and continue to use to stay aligned.
Chiropractor Reviews Near Me
“Last year I was in a car accident and the impact of that whiplash left me with chronic neck pain. I had never seen or even thought about going to a chiropractor for help. After my primary care told me there was an auto accident chiropractor near me that could help, I was willing to try anything. It’s been 6 months since my first appointment and I am happy to report that I can now sleep through the night without waking up from neck pain, the numbness in my right hand has gone away and my quality of life is almost where it was at before this accident.”
“My neighbor recommended a local Manitou chiropractic because she had a lot of success when she was treated with manual spinal decompression for some upper back pain she was having. While my situation was a little different, sciatica treatment, I made an appointment and knew even after just the first consult that I was in good hands. I had relief after the first session and can now perform my normal daily activities and active weekend lifestyle without pain and fatigue.”
Now that you have narrowed your search down to a potential new chiropractor, I will list some questions that will be helpful.
Questions to Ask when Searching for a Reputable Chiropractor in Manitou or Colorado Springs
First, you need to determine his/her treatment philosophy by asking, drumroll… “what is your treatment philosophy?” It is important to see a doctor that is realistic in what chiropractic can and cannot accomplish, so you want a doctor who bases his philosophy on “evidence”. An “evidence based” chiropractor will incorporate manual spinal manipulation, soft tissue treatment, as well as behavior modification and exercises for rehabilitation.
Next, you will want to ask about his/her post-graduate training. As with any field, new discoveries, new techniques and procedures are constantly being discovered. You know your chiropractor is fully equipped to help you, if he/she is keeping up with literature, gaining new certifications and even post-graduate degrees.
You also want a reputable chiropractor who not only gives you a diagnoses and treatment plan, but helps you decide what activities or lifestyle choices contributed to your particular ailment. This knowledge will enable you to modify behavior and aid in prevention.
When your chiropractor gives you a diagnosis, it is good to find out how many patients he/she has personally treated and the outcome of those treatments.
A first exam should include x-rays. X-rays will help to rule out fractures or other potentially serious problems. It will also help your doctor determine your joint and disc health, giving a better time frame for an estimated recovery. I personally would not be treated by a chiropractor that did not do x-rays on the initial exam. You’ve heard the idiom, “flying blind”? That is exactly what would be happening without x-rays to guide the chiropractic care.
It is a good idea to find out if the doctor will give you his/her recommendations in writing. This lets you go home and review your options before deciding. It will give you an idea of the cost and length of time anticipated for treatment.
Another way to make sure that you get quality care is to ask for references, three or four patients and one or two other chiropractors, totaling five references. Make sure you contact the references or be guided to view a reviews section as it will be worth the few minutes of time to make sure you are getting a quality care.
One of the first questions in our mind will be the cost factor. Don’t be embarrassed to discuss this upfront with your chiropractor. Find out if the doctor takes insurance. Find out what is covered by checking with your insurance company. Find out about payment plans or no insurance discounts.
It is extremely annoying to wait long periods of time in a waiting room. Check up front with your doctor and find out the average wait-time for appointments.
Find out if there is a free consultation. It is not unreasonable to want to visit the office and see if the doctor and staff are right for you. This gives the patient a chance to evaluate the treatment methods and get questions answered. A free consultation would help you to decide what would be best for you.
Another thing to find out is if any weekend hours are available and what the procedure would be for emergencies.
Check List for Finding Chiropractors In Colorado Springs Co
- Personal Referral
- Google Reviews
- Treatment Philosophy? Evidence based.
- Post Graduate Training or Certifications?
- Treatment Plan. Lifestyle Changes needed?
- How many patients successfully treated with your diagnoses?
- Recommendation in writing
- Insurance? Payment plans?
- Waiting Room wait time average
- Free Consultation?
- Weekend Hours?
Each member in the family both young and old can reap the dividends of chiropractic care. Adding chiropractic care to your healthcare routine can offer you significant improvement to your quality of life. Many parents understand that each synthetic drug has a corresponding negative side effect. Unfortunately, the side-effect is more harmful than the initial problem. Just listen carefully to drug commercials and the possible side effects listed at the end to see what I mean. Chiropractic is an alternative method, without negative side effects, to combat pain and to even prevent it in the first place. But, you needn’t take my word, just make the call and see for yourself!
If you live in Colorado and near one of the following cities, give them a call today as your first step toward recovering your health and quality of life.
Chiropractor Colorado Springs
Local office Number: 719-357-4018
- Chronic pain in upper back, lower back or neck pain
- Frequent headaches or even migraines
- Sharp pain that shoot down your legs and/or numbness in appendages
- You lead an active lifestyle
- Daily and strenuous tasks
Local office Number: 719-357-4018
- Curious about manual spinal decompression as a treatment option
- Spine alignment
- Sciatica treatment
- Prenatal chiropractor