Maintaining optimum health and wellness is never as simple as doing one thing right. In reality, it’s a question of putting the right practices, treatments and therapies together in the right combination. Even things that are good for everyone, such as a healthy diet and adequate exercise, are not necessarily good in the same way or in the same proportion. Some diets for example worked wonders for certain people, while others struggle to see results. Some forms of medical treatment for physical therapy don’t seem effective for certain patients, while others are thrilled with the results.
Chiropractic treatment is part of the health and wellness equation for millions of Americans and people around the globe. Even the most prestigious medical establishments, such as the Mayo Clinic, recognize the value of chiropractic treatment for many different types of physical problems.
But is it safe to combine chiropractics with other health and wellness practices? We’re always reading about harmful interactions between prescription drugs, or activities that carry a high level of risk following a physical trauma or injury. Do we need to consider chiropractic treatment with similar caution?
The short answer, of course, is yes. It’s always a good idea to be informed an educated about the health and wellness choices we make as individuals and as families.
In order to find out the truth about combining chiropractic treatment with other health choices, let’s return to a description of what chiropractic treatment actually is. The most essential function of chiropractics is to correct the imbalances in the spine. A skilled chiropractor can treat virtually any joint in the body, but the spine is of particular importance because it affects the body in its entirety. When a chiropractor performs adjustments or subluxations to correct misalignments and imbalances in the spinal column or any area of the body, there is no invasive surgery involved. There are no pharmaceutical drugs, and there is no use of excessive force. Chiropractic treatments can be firm, but they should never be painful or are especially difficult for the patient to endure.
In other words, chiropractic treatment is a natural form of treatment that seeks to restore balance to the nervous system, and to the body in general, from the inside out. It can certainly be combined with many other types of medical treatment, physical therapy, massage therapy, dietary and nutritional programs, and other health and wellness measures.
In fact, many chiropractic practitioners offer their treatment in combination with massage therapy and nutritional guidance. People sometimes forget that doctors of chiropractic must complete a very long and rigorous academic program, and that their knowledge of the human body is comparable to that of a medical doctor.
Does this mean you should keep your other health and wellness practices to yourself while seeking help from a chiropractor, or that you should neglect to mention your chiropractic treatment to your medical doctor? As the patient, it’s essentially your choice what information to share about your health, and to whom. That said, it’s always a good idea to keep the various health professionals in your life informed whenever possible.