When it is appropriate to go to the chiropractor? Your first answer may be if you’re dealing with back or neck pain, but did you know that discomfort isn’t the only sign to look out for? In fact, there are plenty of situations that merit a visit to the chiropractor that may not start with neck pain. Keep reading to learn when you should give this professional a call.
You Have Limited Range of Motion
Reaching down to tie your shoes shouldn’t be uncomfortable. You shouldn’t find it difficult to turn your head to either side. If you have pain, going to the chiropractor is an easy choice, but what if your neck is just stiff? You need to schedule an appointment! Could you cope without turning your head? Probably, but having a limited range of motion can not only look a little funny to others but also hinder your quality of life. It’s not worth “toughing it out” when a simple, effective treatment is readily available.
You Sit Down at Work
Unfortunately, many jobs these days entail sitting at a desk and looking at a computer screen for long periods of time. As a result, you can easily develop poor posture in how you hold your head and how your spine is aligned. Repeat this posture day after day, and you can create the perfect setup for neck and other kinds of problems.
So, if you have a sedentary job, visiting the chiropractor every now and then can help keep these symptoms at bay or at least minimize them.
You Have Frequent Headaches
Neck and back pain aren’t the only symptoms you need to worry about. Sometimes, headaches can be caused by the muscles holding it up—in the neck. More specifically, tension headaches often occur after a person has pulled their head forward looking down for a long time, usually at a screen.
At first, you may think taking pain medication may be enough to manage this problem, but because the root cause is still there, headaches will keep coming back. Through regularly realigning the spine and taking pressure off these nerves, you can find real, lasting relief.
You Have Been in an Accident
If you can walk away from a car accident, you may think you don’t need to see a chiropractor. However, some pain takes time to kick in. In fact, your neck may be fine immediately afterward, but later, you could deal with the effects of whiplash. If you’ve been in an auto accident, even if you don’t feel neck pain yet, you should make an appointment with a chiropractor to get ahead of any potential discomfort.
You don’t have to wait to visit a chiropractor. Going in regularly can help you live a healthier, happier life with less discomfort, and looking out for these signs can help you avoid pain in the future!
About the Author
With Dr. Zinovy Chukhman, patients can receive a level of care not found at many chiropractic offices. He is certified in all four parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners certification and uses many treatment protocols. In fact, he is proficient in flexion-distraction, Gonstead, Thompson, and Graston techniques, just to name a few. If you would like to schedule an appointment with him at his practice, AlignRight Chiropractic, you can contact the office online or call 972-907-2800.