The use of chiropractic treatment has increased considerably over the past 30 years, offering a valuable alternative to surgery for many people with musculoskeletal complaints.
Chiropractic treatment operates on the principal that by dealing with musculoskeletal complaints we can improve the health of the entire person. Their focus is thus typically based on the network of nerves, bones and muscles in and around the spine, as damage or problems in this area can have implications that radiate through the whole body.
The most commonly treated areas in chiropractic practice include:
- Joint pain (hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles)
For millions of people, this form of treatment, though still considered outside mainstream medicine by many doctors, has provided a degree of relief from pain that more invasive treatments, such as surgery and drugs, simply can't offer.
In addition to the many patients who swear by it, this form of treatment is also finding growing support from research - indeed, in some cases, it is the most effective way to treat spinal injuries.
In addition, as any practitioner will tell you, it is also very safe - it is drug-free, and non-invasive, and thus far safer than standard forms of medical treatment such as surgery and drugs, which can have significant side effects.
The practice itself is deceptively simple - the therapist uses their hands to realign the joints of the body, particularly the spine. In most cases this reduces pain and increases joint function.
Of course, a therapy such as this doesn't work in isolation. You also have to play your part, so your therapist will thus often suggest stretches and exercises you can use to keep your joints healthy and in alignment once they have been successfully realigned.