Chiropractors are effective at helping acute, subacute and chronic back pain as well as some arm and leg pains (1). Chiropractic Care is better than usual medication for neck pains of a mechanical nature (2). Mechanical neck pain is a pain experience from muscles and joints of the neck and shoulders that can also cause head pain (cervicogenic headache). Chiropractic Care is therefore helpful for cervicogenic headaches and migraines as well as some types of dizziness (1).
A preventative approach to muscle and joint health might include regular Chiropractic Care amongst other healthy behaviours. We can’t tell when our movement patterns are bad because they change slowly and we can’t necessarily feel them change. Through Chiropractic Care changing from a bad habit of movement to a healthier habit of movement is like learning a new PIN number as you simultaneously allow time (3-4 months) to forget your old PIN (unneeded habit) (3).
In an ideal world, a Chiropractic Care Plan would be about 4 months in duration. Helping you reinforce a healthier muscle and joint habit of synchronous movement and allow time enough to ‘forget’ unwanted inefficient ways of moving. It goes without saying that one ought to finish their course of Chiropractic Care to achieve their best results. If a Care Plan is finished early, because aches and pains are better, muscles and joints may remain injured (4), leading to a likely reoccurrence of muscle aches, joint pains, and greater longer term expense (5).
Chiropractors look to help you achieve movement with ease. Chiropractic Care (6) includes all interventions provided by a Chiropractor that are intended to improve health such as Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Movement, Exercise, Rehabilitation, Preventative, Public Health, Postural, Lifestyle, and or Workplace Advice and adjunct therapies such as Ultrasound.
(1) Bronfort G, Haas M,Evans R, Leininger B, and Triano J. Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: The UK Evidence Report Chiro Osteo (2010) 18 3
(2) Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y and Grimm RH. Spinal Manipulation Medication or Home Exercise with Advice An RCT Ann Int Med (2012) 156 1
(3) Fiona Kumfor and Sicong Tu. How our Brain Forgets Information to make room for New Memories. The Independent Newspaper, Sunday 7th June 2015.
(4) Hides JA et al. Multifidus Muscle Recovery is Not Automatic after Resolution of Acute (pain) first episode. The Spine Journal (1996)
(5) Wasiak R et al. Work Disability and Costs caused by Reoccurrence of Low Back Pain Episodes: Longer and More Costly Than First Episodes. The Spine journal (2006)
(6) General Chiropractic Council. The Code (2016), Glossary.