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Seeking Chiropractic Care -What You Need To Know

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Are looking for Chiropractic Care?

Do you suffer from pain, discomfort, or have difficulty moving? Whether that pain is caused by arthritis, an injury, or if you don’t know the cause, you may consider chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a natural way to seek pain relief. With proper treatment, that relief will be long-term and long-lasting. However, if this is your first time seeking chiropractic care, you may have many questions. Continue reading on to get your answers.

Question: What types of conditions can chiropractors treat?

Answer: A wide range. Many are actually surprised to hear that chiropractors treat more than just back pain. This is a common misconception. In actuality, they treat a wide range of medical conditions that result in pain, discomfort, and decreased mobility. They typically treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints and joint pains in the entire body.

Question: What types of treatments are offered in chiropractic care?

Answer: Many. Although many procedures are performed, two are common. They are adjustments and therapeutic massages. One mistake that many make is believing that they can perform these procedures at home; it is very risky. A chiropractic adjustment is a fine practice that only a few know how to master. Yes, only the hands are used, but precision force is required. The hands manipulate joints to enhance function, improve mobility, and reduce pain. These joints are important to mobility. One wrong move and a person can land themselves in a world of pain.

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Question: Is chiropractic care safe?

Answer: Yes. Many are surprised to learn just how safe chiropractic care is. It is actually a lot safer than most traditional forms of medicine. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication. They cannot, but most would not anyways. This is because they believe in natural relief. They also aim for more than just temporary relief, but a permanent solution to the problem. Most primary care physicians mask pain with over-the-counter or prescribed pain pills. This temporarily stops pain, but it will return. On the other hand, chiropractors target the source of the pain and fix it. So, not only is chiropractic care safe, but you get better, longer lasting results. Question: Do you need a referral before seeing a chiropractor? Answer: You shouldn’t. Many insurance providers do require referrals for specialists, such as surgeons. Although chiropractors do have a specialty, which is natural manual therapy, they are not legally classified as specialists. All states classify them as contact physicians. This means your insurance provider should not require you to have a referral. In fact, chiropractors provide referrals. In cases that they cannot treat, such as a neck fracture, the patient is referred to a qualified surgeon.

Question: Does chiropractic care hurt? Answer: It shouldn’t. If you opt for a certified chiropractor who performs all procedures correctly it should not hurt. The only exception is with a therapeutic massage. If you suffer from arthritis, your joints already hurt. The first couple of touches may result in some discomfort, but that will soon disappear. As for adjustments, they should not hurt. Although chiropractors advise against cracking our knuckles, we have all done it. It is similar. You may hear a popping sound, but will feel no pain.

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Question: How do I find a chiropractor?

Answer: You have many options. It is easier to turn to your local phone book. In the yellow pages or the business directory, look under the headings of “physicians,” or “chiropractic care.” The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) allows you to search for doctors of chiropractic (D.C.) on their website, located at AmerChiro.org.

Question: Does insurance cover chiropractic care?

Answer: It depends on your insurance company and the coverage plan you selected. A growing number of insurance providers are extending coverage for chiropractic care. Some are doing so at the suggestion of employers and employees. Those in physically demanding professions, such as construction and mail delivery, can benefit from having easy and affordable access to care.

Question: What about those who do not have health insurance?

Answer: If you do not have health insurance, do not avoid seeking chiropractic care. Instead, find a care provider who is willing to work with you. Some will develop affordable payment plans. Some chiropractors also accept credit cards as payment. Although the costs increase with late fees and interest rates, it may be your only way to seek relief.

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Neck Pain and Chiropractic Care

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Neck pain treatment through chiropractic care:  The Benefits

Do you suffer from mild to severe neck pain?  Whether that pain is due to an injury or it is just a kink in the neck that you can’t explain, you may start preparing for long-term pain. 

Please wait and stop!  Don’t assume you will have to live with your pain.  A solution to your problem and pain relief may be a lot easier and quicker than you thought.  So, how do you seek relief?  By getting chiropractic care.

If you weren’t already aware, chiropractic care relies on the use of manual therapy.  With this type of therapy, surgical tools and instruments are not used. 

In fact, many practicing chiropractors rarely suggest surgery, unless in extreme cases they cannot treat.  Manual therapy involves hand-on treatment.  The hands are literally used to massage and thrust joints and bones back into place.

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You may be worried about the costs and the results.

Not all insurance providers cover chiropractic care, so you may be responsible for the cost out-of-pocket.  Is it worth it?  In most cases, yes. 

The benefits neck pain patients receive from chiropractic care far outweigh the affordable costs.  Speaking of those benefits, what are they?

If you opt to seek neck pain treatment through chiropractic care, your chiropractor will do more than just massage the neck or adjust the joints in your neck. 

More than one session is needed.

 

First, he or she will diagnose the problem.  Then, a treatment plan will be decided.  This may include regular therapeutic massages or a neck realignment. 

Treatment may wait until the next appointment.  In cases of neck realignment, aftercare is very important.  Your chiropractor may continue to massage the area or teach you exercises.

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Decreased pain.

Not only do some patients experience a decrease in pain, but some see a complete elimination.  It all depends on the cause of the problem.  Were you in a car accident and suffered whiplash? 

It will be painful, but the pain should go away on its own.  However, for the time being, it will be painful.  Ongoing therapeutic massages can speed up the progression of natural healing and reduce pain.

Improved mobility.

In terms of mobility, many automatically think of the feet.  Decreased mobility and movement can also result from neck pain.  A stiff neck can make it difficult and painful to move.  With chiropractic care, you will not have this problem anymore.  Full movement should be resorted.

Less reliance on pain medications.

As previously stated, one of the many benefits of chiropractic care is reduced pain.  Chiropractic pain relief eliminates the need for over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.  This is enough benefit alone to seek treatment for your stiff or painful neck. 

Medications have many risks and side effects.  Keep your body pain-free and healthy by opting for natural medical care.

Most neck pain patients refer to chiropractors as miracle workers.

There is a good chance that your doctor will be able to alleviate or eliminate your pain, but there are no guarantees.  A wide range of complications causes neck pain. 

A car accident can create a painful whiplash, but it can also lead to a fracture.  Most chiropractors are unable treat neck fractures.  In and when that time comes, you will be referred to another qualified physician.

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Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

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Chiropractic care is natural, not artificial

Regardless of the cause, if you suffer from pain and discomfort, you might hear that chiropractic care can get you relief.  You may have heard this suggestion from someone you know or read it online.

Yes, chiropractic care is ideal for treating all pain related issues.

  Instead of masking the pain with prescribed medications, chiropractors go directly to the source and treat the problem.  They usually do so with chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massages, and chiropractic realignments.

As nice as it is to know that chiropractic care can translate into pain relief, you may have some concerns.  Chiropractic adjustments and alignments sound like difficult procedures.  Truthfully, they aren’t if performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor. 

Still, you may have concerns.  You may wonder if chiropractic care is safe.  Is it?  Yes.  Why?  Continue reading on to find out!

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Chiropractic care is natural, not artificial.

As previously stated, most primary care physicians recommend rest and medication for pain relief.  Rest is natural, but prescribed and over-the-counter pain relievers are not.  They have many side effects and risks.

You want to treat pain, not create a new set of problems to deal with.  Since chiropractors provide treatment and therapy with the hands, it is natural treatment.  As you already know, natural is less risky and safe.

No medications are prescribed.

As mentioned above, chiropractors do not prescribe medication.  Yes, they cannot legally, but most would avoid doing so anyways.  If additional help is needed, they turn to natural remedies and supplements, but even that is rare. 

Remember, therapy and treatment is provided by the hands.  Since there are no medications, you do not need to worry about the risk.  There is no wondering if it is safe to take your medication and drive. 

There is no wondering if your medicine will make you drowsy and fall asleep at work.  There is no worrying that your new medication with interact with your others.  No medication automatically translates into safer care.

Chiropractic care has no side effects, only positive effects.

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Over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers are not all that has side effects.  Surgery has them too.  A therapeutic massage and manual manipulation of a joint or the spine has little to no risk.  And, since this therapy is once again provided by the hands, there are no side effects.

Care is non-invasive.

When seeking treatment and relief of pain, chiropractors will diagnose a problem and treat it.  Occasionally, the pain may result from a fracture or a more serious medical complication.  If surgery is needed, you will be referred to a qualified surgeon, but this is rare. 

Most can treat you with their hands, training, experience, and nothing more.  Since chiropractic care is non-invasive, there are fewer risks. 

It is safe.  There is no cutting of the skin or the drawing of blood.  It is safe because there are no risks of complications, further injury, or infection.

Chiropractic care has less recovery time.

In fact, there may be none!  This is because you will not need surgery or dangerous pain medication.  Within a few sessions, your pain and be treated and it will subside, possibly permanently. 

Almost all procedures are performed in an office, not a hospital.  You are free to leave afterwards.  After a spinal or neck adjustment you may need a small amount of therapy and you may need to reduce strenuous activity, but it is much better than being stuck in a hospital bed for days or weeks.

In conclusion, chiropractic care is safe.  Not only that, but it is ideal for individuals of all ages, including the old, the young, and pregnant women.

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How to Prepare for a Chiropractic Care Appointment

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Are you turning to a chiropractor to treat pain?

Are you turning to a chiropractor to treat recurring pain and discomfort or would you just like to lead a healthy and natural life?  If so, what do you need to do to prepare for your first appointment?

You should call as soon as you start experiencing pan.

Some chiropractors, especially those with limited competition in the area, have a long wait.  Also, make it known that you are available for last minute appointments.  If someone cancels at the last minute, his or her appointment may go to you. 

Speaking of cancellations, if you must cancel your first appointment, be sure to call.  You can be charged for a no-show if you do not provide adequate notice.  Doctors also have the right to refuse patients.  If you constantly don’t show up without canceling ahead of time, treatment can be refused.

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Write down your symptoms.

Do you know exactly where it hurts, when it hurts, or what you are usually doing at the time?  You should before scheduling a first appointment.  Although you know, write it down. 

Seeing a chiropractor for the first time can be overwhelming.  It is easy to forget certain things, even though you really do know them.  So, write down anything related to your pain and discomfort including when it hurts, where it hurts, and how bad.  Bring your notes with you to your appointment and refer to them.

Write down questions to ask.

Your chiropractor should answer all of your questions by the second appointment.  After a quick physical exam and the gathering of your medical history, they will diagnose the problem and decide on a course of treatment. 

For example, those suffering from spinal distortions due to muscle contractions can get a onetime neck adjustment.  Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can get ongoing therapeutic massages and regular joint adjustments.  Most chiropractors will explain the treatment for you in detail.  This may already answer some of your questions, but ask the others.

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Review your medical history.

Each medical history form varies, but you will be asked many common questions.  For example, you will be asked about family history.  Does anyone in your immediate family suffer from spinal problems?  Do you see a primary care physician?  Are you taking any medications?  You can usually answer these questions on the spot, but think about them ahead of time and prepare.  If taking medications for diabetes or another condition, write down the names.

Ask to pickup forms ahead of time.

For the first appointment, you will be asked to arrive early.  This is so that you can fill out payment forms, insurance forms, and medical history forms.  If leaving work early to attend your appointment, time is vital.  Inquire about picking up the forms and completing them at home.  This way you do not need to arrive too early.

Gather your insurance cards.

 If you are covered by medical insurance, do not leave home without your insurance cards.  Your chiropractor will need the numbers and they may request a copy of your insurance card and driver’s license.  Now is also the time to ask about filing.  Most chiropractors will have their secretaries file all insurance claims, but some leave this up to you.

Determine how you will pay.

If you are not covered by medical insurance, you must pay for the costs out-of-pocket.  Know how you can pay ahead of time and develop a plan.  Do you need to save money or borrow from a relative?  Have a plan in place. 

Try asking for a payment plan, but they are rarely given to first-time patents.  As for accepted methods of payment, ask.  Some chiropractors accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards, while others prefer cash only.

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Chiropractic Care versus Traditional Medical Care

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The difference between natural & traditional medical care.

Are you suffering from mild to severe pain and discomfort?  Whether it is your knees, hands, neck, back, fingers, toes, or another part of the body that hurts, you may be ready to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.  This is nice, but have you considered chiropractic care?  If not, you should.  It is similar, but also very different from traditional medical care.  How?

Natural versus Artificial

Over the past few years, a lot of focus has been placed on natural and organic.  Many Americans are making the switch to all natural and organic foods and supplements.  This nice, but many of those same people turn to traditional forms of medicine and over-the-counter pain relievers to seek relief.  This is not natural.  Chiropractic care is. 

Chiropractors may use x-rays and MRIs to diagnose a problem and decide on a course of treatment, but that treatment is done with the precision of the hands.  It is manual therapy.

Medications

Medications are commonly prescribed in traditional forms of medical care.  They are not with chiropractic care.  In fact, chiropractors are unable to write prescriptions.  Some believe this is because they “aren’t enough of a doctor.”  This is not true.  The main reason for their inability to write prescriptions is because they do not believe in their use. 

Patients are not discouraged from seeking temporarily pain relief with over-the-counter products, but it is only temporary.  Chiropractors prefer to make adjustments to treat the problem of pain at it source, not mask the problem with prescription medication.

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Side Effects

In keeping with medication, it is important to note the side effects.  They are common.  It is rare to find a prescribed pain reliever without side effects.  Even little side effects, such as an upset stomach or dizziness, can have a profound impact on your life. 

When seeking medical care, you want to seek relief, not have a new set of problems to deal with.  That is why chiropractic care is best to treat pain, discomfort, and decreased mobility.  Since there are no drugs prescribed, you will not experience side effects.  But, you will get positive effects from either proper adjustments or therapeutic massages.

Safety

In terms of safety, there are little to no risks associated with chiropractic care.  In fact, care is recommended for individuals of all ages.  Both young and old can benefit from chiropractic care.  With traditional medical care, there are more risks present

Many of the medications prescribed are only safe for certain individuals.  For example, those under the age of 4 can rarely seek safe pain relief from over-the-counter or prescribed medications.  They can, however, get a safe therapeutic massage or undergo a safe realignment to treat pain and discomfort.

Complications

Chiropractors cannot perform surgery.  In most cases, it is not needed.  Patients who seek medical care experience pain, discomfort, and decreased mobility.  As previously stated, realignment or a therapeutic massage may do the trick. 

Since surgery is only considered a last resort and performed by surgeon, there is little risk of complications.  Surgery opens up a world of complications, including the invasion of germs and infection.  Since the body is naturally healed using manual therapy, complications are non-existent.

NOTE:  Chiropractors encourage those suffering from pain, discomfort, and difficulty seek chiropractic care.  What they don’t encourage is avoiding all traditional forms of medical care.  Some conditions, such as the flu, cancer, and diabetes cannot be treated with manual therapy.  Never put your health at risk.  Chiropractic care is best to treat pain and discomfort.  Always keep your primary care physician in mind for other non-pain related medical problems.

In short, there are many differences between chiropractic care and medical care.  So, which should you opt for?  If you suffer from pain or experience difficulty moving, contact a local chiropractor.  See what they can do for you.  Since there are little to no risks, you have nothing to lose.

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How to Avoid Needing a Chiropractor – Haines City, Florida

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Chiropractic care has many benefits.

It relieves pain for either a longtime or permanently. Although you do not need a reason to seek chiropractic care, because this natural form of medicine is safe, most turn to a chiropractor when in pain. If you are uninsured or have coverage that does not extend to chiropractic care, you want to limit your visits.

How can you reduce the need for a chiropractor?

With good posture. Poor posture is the leading cause of back and neck pain. It is important to sit up straight, but vital when sitting at a desk or computer eight hours a day. If you have slouched for years, still visit a chiropractor. They can see if any damage has been done and fix it. Then, work on correcting your posture. Each time you find yourself slouching, sit up straight.

With good exercise habits. Those who want to lose weight, rely heavily on exercise to achieve their goal. Unfortunately, many make costly mistakes. These mistakes include overdoing it and poor exercise habits. Lifting weights is good for building muscle strength, but it is easy to damage the back, spine, and other joints. Hold all weight right and choose a low weight. Never overdo it. Stop exercising when tired.

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With ideal weight. Not only should you exercise, but eat healthy too. When combined these should result in weight loss or the maintaining of a healthy body weight. Those who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of back pain, neck pain, and knee pain. The body can carry around excess weight, but it isnít healthy. Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and you eliminate the need for chiropractic care.

With good stretching habits. Everyone should stretch. It is important to stretch before any strenuous activity, but some can benefit from regular stretching. Those with rheumatoid arthritis can seek relief pain relief and reduce the risk of stiffness and deformities. Stretching can promote healthy joints and muscles, which should reduce the need for a chiropractor.

With good sleeping habits. A lot of focus is placed on our activities during the day, but how you sleep can also bring on pain and the need for a chiropractor. For starters, always sleep on a bed. It is easy to fall asleep on a couch or in a recliner when watching television, but prolonged sleep in this position can lead to pain. A good mattress is also important. Even if on a budget, a good, quality mattress is a wise investment.

With good lifting habits. We all lift things. Whether it be boxes when moving, grocery bags from shopping, or when shoveling snow, we all do it. Most people do not lift properly. Yes, it is easier to lift with your arms and elbows, but this places a strain on all joints. The spice, back, and neck are susceptible to pain. Instead, lift with your entire body. Bend your knees and keep your back straight. Never carry loads that are too heavy.

As you can see, there are many ways to reduce or eliminate the need for a chiropractor. What are you waiting for? Get started now.

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How to Lessen Your Fear of Going to the Chiropractor – Haines City, Florida

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Do you need to seek pain relief from a chiropractor?

If this is your first time seeking chiropractic care, you may be both excited and overwhelmed. You want a pain-free life, but any new medical treatment is scary.

You have nothing to fear about this natural healthcare, but it may be difficult to stop your mind from wandering. So, how can you lessen your fear of going to the chiropractor?

Know that they are real medical professionals. It is widely accepted now, but in the past it was touted as a form of alternative medicine.

Chiropractors are real medical professionals, just like your primary care physician. They just specialize in all-natural pain relief with manual therapy. Someone cannot just wake up and decide to be a chiropractor. Years of schooling, training, and testing is required.

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Think about the pain. Most experts suggest not concentrating on pain. Consider where it hurts, how much it hurts, and how it is negatively influencing your life.

Does your neck pain prevent you from playing with your kids or enjoying a game of golf? Once again, focus on your pain and the limitations it imposes.

Next, think about the relief. You just realized how your pain is influencing your life and it is never good. Now, focus on the relief. What would you do if you didn’t feel pain? You would feel less depression, be able to play with your kids, and enjoy some of your favorite hobbies.

A life without pain sounds nice doesn’t it? You have no reason to fear a chiropractor, but focus on your life without pain. It should give you that extra push you need to attend your appointment and with confidence.

Ask those you know about their experiences. Chances are, you know at least one person who has undergone chiropractic care. Talk to them. Whether it be a family member, friend, neighbor, or coworker, ask about their experiences.

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What type of treatment did they undergo? Ask them to explain in detail. Ask about pain. Did they feel any during treatment and did the pain subside afterwards? If your acquaintance has nothing but good things to say about a certain chiropractor, consider seeking treatment from that same practitioner.

Ask to meet with the doctor beforehand. One of the fears people have isn’t necessarily related to the practice of chiropractic, but their new provider. It is always nerve-racking meeting with a new medical professional.

You are entrusting that person with your life and to cure your pain. A positive working relationship is a must. See if you can meet with your new chiropractor before your first appointment, even if just for five minutes.

Gauge their personality and their passion. Pickup forms while there, so you can fill them out at home and not in the waiting room at your first appointment.

While at your appointment, ask questions. With primary care physicians, some patients are so worked up about the blood-drawing needle that they don’t even know why samples are taken.

Don’t let this happen to you. Ask your chiropractor to explain each action. It will ease your fears, as you are not unaware or left wondering. You always know what is going on.

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