Chiropractic treatment is one of those things that everybody has heard of, but there are still many people who don’t really know much about it. They have questions and concerns as to whether this is a real and legitimate form of treatment, and whether they can really expect results for their chronic back pain, migraine headaches, or other spine or joint-related ailments.
A growing body of evidence suggests what many patients have known for a long time: That chiropractics can legitimately offer relief from any number of ailments. One of the biggest advantages is that chiropractics is a drug-free, surgery-free alternative that often gives people lasting results without side-effects. This certainly isn’t to say that chiropractics is a perfect solution for every patient. There are varying levels of success, depending on the nature of the problem and the skill of the practitioner. But generally speaking, success rates are very high when a problem is accurately diagnosed and treated by an expert chiropractor.
Some people are also surprised when they learn that chiropractors sometimes incorporate other modalities of treatment into their practice. Some of the most skilled chiropractors, for example, also offer massage therapy. This is often helpful for athletes who want to perform their best, or people who have been involved in a car accident or sustained some other type of injury. The combination of gentle spinal adjustments with expert massage therapy be relaxing and restorative, helping people to regain a much stronger sense of health and wellbeing during their course of treatment.
Nutritional guidance is another thing that some chiropractors incorporate into their practice, and this is often more of a surprise to people than massage therapy.
To understand why some chiropractors include nutritional guidance for those patients who are interested, it’s important to understand how chiropractors view the human body and health in general.
When practiced properly, chiropractics is a type of treatment that is focused on holistic wellness. In other words, it is concerned with addressing the complete health of the body in order to solve underlying problems and restore a greater state of health from the inside out. That’s the fundamental difference between chiropractic treatment for lower back pain (for example) as opposed to invasive surgery. There are, of course, cases where surgery is called for — and no legitimate chiropractor will ever argue that their practice is a “replacement” for standard medical treatment.
But if we understand that chiropractics aims to solve health problems and restore health naturally, we can understand why some practitioners incorporate nutritional guidance into their treatment plans. Nutrition is one of the most important (some argue it’s the single most important) aspect of health — but at the same time, it’s often overlooked and underrated. There’s no shortage of scientific evidence that altering our diet is a powerful way to address underlying health issues and promote natural wellness, yet many people are in the habit of seeking a “quick fix” without making lifestyle adjustments. Chiropractors are more concerned with making adjustments and treatments combined with lifestyle changes in the patient to achieve a sustained and natural state of greater health.