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  • Dr. Eric Carlsen

The Lifetime Benefits of Chiropractic

woman sitting on medical table with chiropractor checking back alignment

Chiropractic Treatments are Good for the Whole Family

Chiropractic care benefits everyone in the family, without the risks and expense of medications.

  • Pregnant women can receive treatments that help them to have a healthier pregnancy and birth experience by improving spinal alignment to compensate for changes in the body.

  • Chiropractic therapies for babies and children safely improve their physical and mental development.

  • And as family members age, care that maintains good alignment, mobility and strength becomes even more valuable for well-being and independence through the senior years.

Making the commitment to provide your family with noninvasive, safe wellness care is a valuable investment in your family’s good health for years to come.

We have heard the complaints made by some – “once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going” is one – yet the same argument isn’t made about the dentist or optometrist or other specialists.

One of the biggest risk factors of having low back pain is a history of back pain. Considering that 90 percent of the population will at one point experience low back pain, this leaves the overwhelming majority of us at higher risk of experiencing it again.

So what are our options when we first experience back pain or any pain? Some will head to their primary care physician or orthopedic who will prescribe muscle relaxers and pain medication. This will dull our pain until the body eventually heals and the pain ultimately subsides. Some will get prescriptions for physical therapy as well, which will help the patient stabilize and strengthen the back for a number of visits. The patient will feel better and think they are cured and return to their regular day-to-day activities, usually no longer continuing the rehab exercises.

Since a history of low back pain is a leading indicator of future low back pain, most patients will have recurring discomfort. The underlying issues of the spine have not been addressed and corrected, the stabilizing rehabilitative exercises have stopped and it will be only a matter of time before the back pain returns.

Some patients will go to the chiropractor when they initially feel low back pain for the first time. They will be treated and the spine will be addressed, the pain will disappear and they will be given stabilizing exercises for the low back.

At this point, patients face a fork in the road, either they no longer receive treatment because the symptoms are gone or they participate in maintenance care and periodically make sure the spine is functioning at its highest capacity.

Excerpts from The Examiner News, Dr. Elan Michael.


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