Many people find difficulty balancing all the stresses — mental and physical — from their work, exercise, and life in general. This built-up stress can often contribute to or even cause back pain.
Believe it or not, visiting a chiropractor can help reset this work-life balance.
Below are some examples of situations in which people benefited tremendously from chiropractic work.
People involved in gymnastics often visit chiropractors. Julie is a star gymnast. She’s won several major competitions and her coach believes she has a shot to make the U.S. Olympic team if she can avoid injuries. Unfortunately, she suffered an injury while making use of one of those home balance beams, and though the injury was mild, it has plagued her for months and is ruining her focus.
As you can see, it’s pretty common:
Sandra suffers from migraines. She has a prescription for a triptan drug, but the drug is costly and her insurance regulates how many she gets per month. To tide her over, her doctor has also given her a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever, but this leaves her feeling groggy and out-of-sorts.
Lisa has fibromyalgia. She’s constantly tired and in pain, and her symptoms come and go randomly. Her doctor dismisses her complaints and tells her that there’s nothing he can do to help, so he gives her an anti-depressant.
Joe was in a car accident and suffered from whiplash. He took a variety of pain killers, both over-the-counter and prescription, but he never got consistent relief. Now, in addition to the original pain from whiplash, he has rebound headaches when he tries to stop using the meds.
Will had back pain. At 60 years of age, he wrote it off as a matter of course. He tried heating pads, NSAIDs, and a variety of stretches and massages to ease the pain, but little seemed to help. He resigned himself to dealing with the symptoms rather than healing his back.
All these people had one thing in common: they all could be helped by utilizing upper cervical health care. Instead of merely treating the symptoms of the various health problems, upper cervical chiropractic gently corrects the source of the problem. Upper cervical doctors concentrate solely on the craniocervical junction. Keeping the head properly aligned with the spine is at the heart of their work: when the brain can communicate freely with the rest of the body, the body is able to function at its best.
A misalignment of the spine can lead to a host of health problems: pain may directly occur from the misalignment, such as back or hip pain, or it may come secondarily as a neurological problem. Upper cervical chiropractic care gets to the source of the problem, realigning and correcting the entire spine by merely realigning the cervix.
Now, we don’t tout upper cervical chiropractic as a cure-all or a miracle. What we do say is that it allows the body’s innate healing processes to function. He goes on to say that “Prevalent is not normal.” Simply because back pain is common, migraines are on the rise, joint pain comes with age, does not mean those things are all normal. Allowing your body to work as it was intended allows it to heal itself, no drugs required.
While all people can benefit from upper cervical chiropractic (even those who are perfectly healthy), it can be a pricey endeavor. A first-time patient can be looking at more than 50 visits the first year, multiple visits in the first weeks, tapering off towards the end. Once a patient reaches the point of maintenance, they can drop down to once every two weeks or even once a month.
This care may or may not be covered through insurance: if your insurance covers chiropractic care, physical medicine, or physical therapy, your costs will be greatly reduced. If not, you can still take advantage of reduced costs through a healthcare reimbursement account. The work is pricey, but it’s an investment in your health. Rather than throwing money away on pills (and dealing with the side effects and risks), rather than continuing visits to your doctor, start an HRA solely to help with your upper cervical expenses.
If you decide to visit an upper cervical doctor, do your homework first. Not all doctors of chiropractic are fully qualified to handle upper cervical healthcare. In fact, few are. But your search will be worth it.