Living with chronic pain whether that be back pain, neck pain or joint pain can be uncomfortable to experience as you go about your daily routine. It may be surprising to find out that a quarter of the UK adult population report living with chronic pain, this could be due to an illness, injury or lifestyle that contributes to this. Arranging a doctor’s appointment can be off putting for a lot of people… If you get an appointment that is. With the NHS being stretched it’s almost impossible to see a medical professional which is why many adults choose to live with these conditions, often thinking that by the time they are able to see a doctor, the pain may go away on its own. Yet you run the risk of the pain getting worse without receiving the professional treatment that your body needs to recover.

Luckily, there are other options you can take to start your recovery journey, such as seeing a chiropractor who can work on your muscles and spine to help relieve pain and improve your manoeuvrability.

What Does A Chiropractor Do

A chiropractor is a trained professional that uses many techniques on the body including adjustments to the spine, to alleviate pain in your muscles and joints, relieve stress as well as helping to treat symptoms such as migraines. Chiropractic treatment allows you to avoid taking medication whilst speeding up your body’s healing time and helping limit the chance of the injury reoccurring in the future.

Chiropractors are rising in popularity and are more accessible than ever before with 3,432 registered in the UK at the end of 2021. This means that if you’re thinking about seeing a chiropractor, finding one that’s right for you has never been easier with plenty of registered professionals to choose from. 

Even with the rise in popularity many are still not aware of what chiropractors do, and starting treatment when you don’t know what to expect can be a daunting experience. Therefore the team at Active Care Chiropractic have put together this blog on what chiropractors do, and what to expect from your first chiropractic session.

Why See A Chiropractor

Seeking chiropractic treatment is one of the best things you can do for your body to treat pain naturally. It doesn’t just treat your symptoms like taking painkillers, but gets to the root of the underlying problem. Living with pain is unpleasant and you should definitely consider seeing a medical or healthcare professional in order to improve the quality of your life, and for you to get back to normal. 

When To See A Chiropractor

Deciding if it’s time to see a chiropractor is the first step you can take towards a pain free life. If you are dealing with symptoms such as joint pain that’s persistent and won’t seem to go away on its own, then there might be an underlying problem that a chiropractor can help with. Nobody should have to live with pain, and doing so may make it worse, seeking treatment is something that you should definitely consider if your problems aren’t getting any better.

If you have recently been injured then this may be the time to start seeking chiropractic treatment. This will make sure your body is healing properly, help you recover faster, and alleviate any pain caused by the injury. 

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What Does A Chiropractor Do For Lower Back Pain And Other Symptoms

Headaches, back pain and neck pain are just a few of the symptoms a chiropractor can help treat. Chiropractors help alleviate pain by mobilising your spine, this then takes pressure off your joints when your body is more balanced. If you’re into a particular sport, then unfortunately you may fall subject to a range of sports injuries that may affect your performance. This is why seeking treatment from a chiropractor could benefit you massively as you will be able to recover from your sports injury faster than if you were to let it heal on its own, which will get you back to doing what you love in no time. 

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons someone would seek treatment from a chiropractor. This can be caused by poor posture or an injury. There are different treatments that a chiropractor may offer, one of the most frequent treatments is manipulating the spine, which will not only relieve the pain but also improve mobility.

Working on a laptop or being glued to your phone can contribute to poor posture; this can lead to excessive pressure put on your neck and back and can lead to pain in this area. You would benefit from seeking chiropractic treatment as they can perform adjustments to improve your spine, which will improve your posture dramatically and may reduce the risk of damaging the joints in your body. 

Frequent headaches can also benefit from this treatment. This is a better alternative than taking medication as the cause of the problem is seen to rather than just masking the problem with painkillers.

Persistent pain in your muscles and joints can also be a sign you need to seek treatment from a professional, as excessive stress put on your joints can lead to you experiencing pain. If this continues you can start to develop more serious problems that cause damage and take longer to heal. That’s why it’s a good idea to try and treat this before it leads to any further injuries and improve the mobility in your joints.

What Does A Chiropractor Do To Treat Pain

There are plenty of specialist treatments that chiropractors use to help treat any problematic symptoms you’re experiencing thus relieving pain. One of the most popular services that chiropractors offer are adjustments, which are done by manipulating the spine and regaining lost movement which then restores normal function to the joints.

Each chiropractic clinic will specialise in their own set of treatments, so it’s important to do your research beforehand so you know whether that specific chiropractor is the right one for you. Active Care Chiropractic offers a variety of different specialist treatments that could benefit you including: active release techniques, photobiomodulation, elastic therapeutic taping and many more. You can see more of their specialist techniques on the Active Care Chiropractic website.

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What To Expect From A Chiropractic Session

Seeing a chiropractor for the first time may seem like a daunting experience when you don’t know what to expect, that’s why choosing the right chiropractor that you feel comfortable with is important, so you can continue your sessions with ease as you start your journey towards a pain free life. All Chiropractors are certified and registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) which means you’re in safe, experienced hands. Every clinic will run their sessions differently; at Active Care Chiropractic we will offer you a physical examination, and discuss with you your history to find out what’s going on and pinpoint the pain you’re experiencing. We will then tailor a treatment plan specifically for you, so you can start undergoing sessions with us. Our aim is for you to feel as good as you possibly can in your own body, so relieving any pain is a good place to start.