Even though the chiropractic discipline has been around for over a hundred years, I get people coming into my office on a daily basis who aren't certain what it is that I do. It's not exactly surprising. There are people out there who will claim that a chiropractor can cure all manner of ills, anything from headaches to digestion problems. It's unfortunate that such a useful discipline has become so bogged down with misinformation, because there really are a number of problems that can be cured or alleviated by a visit to a chiropractor.
How, precisely, does that work? The skeletal system is the foundation upon which the body is built. The central nervous system is wrapped in and through the skeletal system, the muscular system is built upon the skeletal system, essentially, the skeletal system is the human body. Yet even though we like to think of the skeletal system as one entire thing, the real truth is that it's 206 interconnected pieces. And sometimes, the pieces are only interconnected in theory.
Occasionally, bones simply get a little bit out of alignment. This isn't quite the same as a joint becoming dislocated, although a dislocation can certainly lead to the types of problems a chiropractor can solve. Instead, it's simply that bones manage to become slightly out of place. Not enough to cause immediate pain, but enough to cause other problems.
Muscle soreness isn't the only kind of problem misaligned bones can cause. Because the spinal cord is the basis of the entire central nervous system, having a vertebrae out of alignment can cause shooting pains through your arms or legs, or headaches. Thus, having a chiropractor make sure your bones are in alignment can keep your body moving in a pain free way.
Sometimes, however, the patient requires a little more than a simple spinal adjustment. Quite often, a spinal adjustment will cure the problems a patient has, but not always. When there is pain that still lingers, chiropractors will take x-rays and attempt to diagnose the problems in that manner. We can adjust a number of bones, but that doesn't mean we want to start bending bones around without being able to identify exactly what bones to bend, after all!
Hopefully, you have a better idea of what a chiropractor actually does. It can help avoid a great deal of misinformation by just doing a little research. So if you've been feeling sharp, lingering pain through your shoulder area, or headaches that you can't seem to cure in any other way, you may want to get to your local chiropractor. It's not a certainty that it will help, but it's exactly the kind of thing that a chiropractor can help you take care of. And that can be worth your time, effort, and money.
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