Why See a Chiropractor?

Why see a chiropractor

Patients choose to visit a chiropractor for different reasons. Chiropractors can help with more than just an achy back or a stiff neck—here are some other reasons to see a chiropractor:

A Chiropractor Can Offer Safe, Drug-Free Care

Chiropractors use safe, effective treatments that do not involve drugs or surgery. Through manual therapy and other natural treatments, chiropractors help ease pain without using over-the-counter or prescription medications. This reduces the risks of side effects, overdose, substance abuse and dependency. It might also spare you the expense of a high-cost medication.

A Chiropractor Can Deliver Effective Care

Every year, about one out of four people visit a chiropractor for treatment of neck and/or back pain. Chiropractic care, and spinal manipulation (adjusting) in particular, is an excellent first-line treatment for back pain, and three out of four patients who saw a chiropractor reported that chiropractic care was “very effective.” For back pain treatments, chiropractors are the top-rated health care professionals. Chiropractic care has also been shown to be effective in treating headaches and a variety of other conditions.

A Chiropractor Can Find the Cause of Your Pain

Pain appears in different stages and can affect us all in different ways. Rather than just responding to symptoms, chiropractors look for the root cause of your pain. They can provide strategies and treatments to first get you out of pain, and then improve movements and functions—and very likely the levels of inflammatory substances—to keep the pain from returning.

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the cause and treat pain in all of its stages:

  • Acute pain comes on suddenly and spikes quickly. Often, acute pain is the result of an injury, but it can also happen for an unknown reason.
  • Sub-acute pain is less severe than acute pain and follows the acute stage of pain. Typically, sub-acute pain lasts from 4 weeks to 3 months.
  • Chronic pain can have the same or different intensity as acute or sub-acute pain; we consider a painful condition to be chronic when the pain lasts longer than expected regarding healing time. Chronic pain is generally regarded as pain lasting longer than 3 months. It may be continuous or periodic.

Patients suffering from headaches, migraines, TMJ (temporomandibular joint/jaw) disorder, ear pain or other painful conditions may also benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Many times, improving the function of the nervous system and musculoskeletal (bones and muscles) system relieves the pain and corrects the dysfunction or imbalance that was causing the pain in the body.

A Chiropractor Can Get You Moving and Keep You Moving

If you ever wake up in the morning feeling stiff, achy or like you “slept wrong,” or if you feel tension from working in the same seated or standing position every day, consider visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractors can evaluate your muscles and joints and correct an imbalance or dysfunction. Those corrections over time will help keep your body moving the way it was intended to move and will keep the stiffness and achiness away.

Many chiropractors are also educated in at-home exercise and stretching techniques to keep you moving between chiropractic visits. We often find that the combination of treatment in the office and some gentle at-home care really keeps patients moving and feeling well every day.

A Chiropractor Can Care for Changes During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy Pain.

Pregnancy comes with many physical changes, and some of these changes create tension and pressure where it didn't exist before. There are changes in the curvature of the back, a shifting of bones in the pelvis and postural changes as well. Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy, and chiropractors are trained in techniques specific for pregnant women. In a small (65-woman) study by Dr. Joan Fallon at Yeshiva University, first-time pregnant women who received chiropractic care during their pregnancy had a 24% shorter labor time than average, and women delivering their second or third child had an average 39% shorter labor. Ask any woman who's been in labor—a 24% to 39% shorter labor time is a big deal!

A Chiropractor Can Evaluate Your Posture and Your Risk for Overuse/Repetitive Motion Injury

Many people spend their days sitting at a desk, working on a computer or standing for long periods of time. These positions over time can lead to poor posture, and poor posture can lead to pain and dysfunction later on. In addition to evaluating your posture, it is also important to evaluate your risk for overuse/repetitive motion injury. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common overuse/repetitive motion injury, but there are many other types as well. Have you heard of “Text Neck”? Chiropractors are seeing a lot of this type of overuse injury now, which is the result of looking down at a handheld device for extended periods of time. Let a chiropractor know about your work habits and use of electronics to make sure you aren't at risk for an overuse or repetitive motion injury.

There are many reasons to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is an excellent first-line treatment for individuals who wish to take a natural approach to restoring and maintaining their health. For overall wellness, regular chiropractic visits can help keep your body functioning as it was meant to and play an important role in preventing future injury and pain.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.

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