Who can be helped by chiropractic?
Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions, and therefore, chiropractic patients come from all walks of life. Many people initially contact a chiropractor because of specific symptomatic complaints, like back pain or headaches. Everyone, from babies to the elderly, those with active or sedentary lifestyles, can benefit from chiropractic care. Here is a selection of Specific Patient Groups:
- Headache sufferers: Anyone who suffers from headaches, migraines, or dizziness arising from neck or upper back pain, shoulder pain, or pain between the shoulder blades.
- Temporomandibular disorders: Those who suffer from jaw clicking, grinding or lock jaw.
- Office workers/desk workers/students: Those who work in one position throughout most of the day are prone to postural problems or repetitive stress injuries.
- Physically demanding work: Those with physically demanding jobs, such as construction workers and nurses, are prone to back or neck injuries, such as disc herniations, sciatica, muscles strains, etc.
- Chronic pain syndromes: People who suffer from chronic stress syndromes and chronic muscle pain, such as fibromyalgia.
- Whiplash: Injuries incurred from falls, sports trauma, or motor vehicle accidents.
- Pediatrics: Babies who may suffer from torticollis, restless sleep or colic as a result of a complicated delivery or a cesarean section. Children up to their teen years may suffer from headaches, experience growing pains, have chronic ear infections, or a number of other problems.
- Pregnancy and pelvic complaints: Pregnant women who may have instability in their joints, upper or low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, or sciatic-type symptoms due to an altered center of gravity.
- Geriatrics: Elderly people with stiff joints and muscles associated with osteoarthritis or other degenerative joint diseases, issues with muscle weakness, stability or balance.
- Scoliosis: Those who have an abnormal sideways curvature in their spine
- Athletes: Professionals and amateurs who are looking to prevent injury, improve performance in their specific sport, or those who suffer from a wide variety of sport injuries.
- Post-surgical pain: People with post-surgical pain or those who experience scar tissue problems/buildup.
- Extremity complaints: Extremity problems, including shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, or ankles, can range from tennis/golf elbow and other tendinitis complaints, bursitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI, sprain/strain injuries, soft tissue adhesions, numbness/tingling in the extremities, etc.
- Health maintenance/prevention: Patients who don’t have any pain problems but simply want to stay healthy and prevent future problems from occurring, similar to getting regular check-ups at the dentist’s office.