At least once a month I get a question from a patient asking some version of "Why can't I just adjust myself?" And more often, I have patients that regularly do adjust themselves, particular grabbing their own head or neck and performing a maneuver that gives them a bunch of "cracks" and makes them feel like they've done something good.
There are probably more reasons than what I'll list here, but the answer is "no" you can't be your own chiropractor.
If you suffer with chronic pain, you are not alone. More than a third of the population lives with some degree of chronic pain. Pain is the number one reason people seek medical help. Rural populations are at greater risk of having their pain under treated. There is hope.
It is your right as a patient to have your report of pain taken seriously. Be as organized and specific as possible. Write out your concerns ahead of time and go over them with your doctor. Keep a file of all your medical information.
With so many different alternative methods of treatment in the world today, you may not know that one of these treatments includes chiropractics. This is a form of treatment that has been in our society for years and not even acknowledged anymore as an alternative method of treatment. There are many theories that coincide with chiropractics. The main theory being that the vertebrae is not properly aligned. This is what contributes to a lot of diseases, illnesses and pains.
A very common problem that everyone faces as they get older is a bad back. Folks can throw their back out by doing many different activities such as moving heavy boxes, or strenuous unrehearsed exercise or even through awkward slips. Depending on the extent of the injury, painkillers may do the trick but oftentimes do not solve the ultimate cause of the problem. Noticing your discomfort, a friend or family member may suggest that the individual visit a chiropractor.
Low back pain usually lasting a few weeks, letting up slightly when you take a pain reliever and then going away is a common problem for many people. There are many causes for low back pain. If you have injured or strained your lower back, most cases just takes time for your back to heal. Usually the pain will last just as long if you go to a chiropractor, or to a physical therapist, or even if you seek no treatment at all. Treatment of some type can make you more comfortable as you wait for your back to heal. Chiropractic and conventional treatments are available.
Are you suffering from neck and shoulder pain? You are not alone.
Millions of people are suffering from neck pain due to bad posture, car accident and degenerative changes of the disc. Neck pain is almost as common as back pain in the United States. The number of neck pain sufferers is staggering and appears to be rising.
Between 38 and 50 percent of adults have neck pain.
Causes of Neck Pain:
Pain in the neck can be triggered by pinched nerves, neck spasm, stress, trauma, injury, prolonged bad posture, etc. The pain can range from very mild discomfort to severe, burning pain.