The benefits of a chiropractor
The benefits of a chiropractor include decreased pain, staying on top of your game, and improved your quality of life. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding chiropractic care, which could have led to apprehensions around what it entails. I’m Dr Matt Le Roux, and I want to take a deep dive into what chiropractic care is and how it could benefit you!
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a drug- and surgery-free modality concerned with the diagnosis, management, and prevention of the musculoskeletal system (e.g., spine, TMJ, pelvis, extremities). Concerns such as these may affect the function of the nervous system and general health. As such, one of the benefits of a chiropractor is that they focus on detecting and correcting abnormal spinal function and its subsequent effect on how the nervous system controls and coordinates the body.
Chiropractors provide patient-centred care and work in partnership with their patients. Treatment plans are ideally designed via a shared decision-making process, detailed consent, and communication strategies tailored to the patients’ needs and preferences.
Chiropractors are nationally registered and regulated healthcare professionals. As such, the benefits of a chiropractor include chiropractic care delivered by university-educated healthcare professionals who are committed to implementing evidence- and outcome-based treatment.
Why consider seeing a “chiro”?
Chiropractic care is not a one-size-fits-all healthcare option. Instead, chiropractors carefully assess each patient individually and tailor their care accordingly.
- Australian chiropractors manage an estimated 21.3 million patient visits per year.
- Scientific studies from around the world back chiropractic care.
- Chiropractors are government registered and regulated.
- Chiropractic care is drug and surgery-free.
- They are highly qualified healthcare professionals who study at university for a minimum of five years.
- All chiropractors must also undertake continuing professional development courses every year.
The benefits of a chiropractor
Improves neck pain
A chiropractor may help ease your neck pain by reducing tension in your neck muscles. The benefits of a chiropractor may be pain relief and less need for pain medication. For example, a 2012 study (Bronfort et al., 2012) found that 12 weeks of spinal manipulation was more effective than medication at treating non-specific neck pain.
Reduces reliance on opioids
People with chronic pain are sometimes prescribed opioids to help relieve their discomfort (Bronfort et al., 2012). However, as mentioned above, one of the many benefits of a chiropractor is that it may lower your need to take these pain medications.
Eases back pain and reduces the need for invasive treatment
Chiropractic treatment is an excellent alternative to more invasive options like surgery or injections for treating short-term or chronic back pain. For example, a review of studies (Paige et al., 2017) found that spinal manipulation was associated with moderate improvements in short-term back pain and function compared to placebo treatment for up to 6 weeks.
Possible reduction of osteoarthritic symptoms
Osteoarthritic pain is linked to the degeneration of the cartilage in a joint. Some chiropractic adjustments may decrease the osteoarthritic symptoms (Yetman, 2021).
Reduces pain associated with headaches
Nobody likes a headache – one of the more popular benefits of a chiropractor or spinal manipulative therapy is the reduction of tension headaches and headaches that originate in your neck. A study (Dunning, 2016) found that 6 to 8 sessions of spine manipulation therapy were more effective than movement and exercise for relieving pain in people with chronic headaches. Moreover, the patients reported the relief at a 3-month follow-up.
Helps improve posture
Another one of the benefits of a chiropractor is that it may help correct poor posture, mainly if your poor posture is a cause of prolonged sitting.
May help athletic performance
Spinal adjustments may potentially improve your athletic performance. The increase in performance could be due to increased joint mobility, pain reduction, and less tissue restriction. Patients also report reduced recovery times post-injury.
More affordable treatment for chronic back pain
Given the above, you may have concluded that chiropractic treatment may often be a cheaper alternative than conventional treatment, such as surgery and medication, for chronic lower back pain.
Studies have generally reported high satisfaction levels with chiropractic treatment as some of the many outcomes of chiropractor care. For example, in a study by MacPherson (2015), researchers found that a group of 544 people in chiropractic care reported a high level of satisfaction.
In summary: What are the benefits of a chiropractor?
- Improves neck pain
- Reduces reliance on opioids
- Eases back pain and reduced the need for invasive treatment
- Possible reduction of osteoarthritic symptoms
- Reduces pain associated with headaches
- Helps improve posture
- May help athletic performance
- More affordable treatment for chronic back pain
- Treatment satisfaction
Want to know more? Contact Dr Matt!
Dr Matt le Roux works with various concerns, ranging from acute and chronic pain and complex injuries to nutritional, lifestyle, and performance enhancements. He is specialised in Sports Chiropractic. To get in touch, visit our contact page.
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Paige N, et al., 2017. Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Yetman D, 2021. 10 Benefits of Chiropractic Care.
Dunning J, 2016. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilisation and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-centre randomised clinical trial.
MacPherson H, 2015. Patients’ experiences and expectations of chiropractic care: a national cross-sectional survey.