6 Signs It’s Time to Pay Your Chiropractor a Visit

February 15, 2020 | By TIM SHANNAHAN- Chiropactor, San Diego, CA

When’s the last time you saw your chiropractor? Have you recently been suffering from aches and pains? Did you know that 62% of adults in the United States have suffered from back and neck pain significant enough to seek treatment?

If you haven’t visited a chiropractor recently and are suffering from muscle and joint pain, then it might be time to consider visiting one. Knowing when to see a chiropractor includes some other aspects as well. Even if you’re body feels fine, you might need to see a chiropractor before you start to experience pain.

Are you curious about how to tell when it’s time to schedule a visit? If you are, then you’ll want to continue reading below. Here are 6 sure signs that it’s time for you to book that appointment!

1. Muscle and Joint Pain

Muscle and joint pain can sometimes be caused by your musculoskeletal alignment. Instead of reaching for your over-the-counter pain medicine, your first thought should be to contact a chiropractor. Seeing a chiropractor ensures that the pain in your muscles and joints is relieved.

Chiropractors do so by adjusting your spine. There are a few injuries that lead to muscle and back pain including injured joints, herniated discs, torn ligaments, injured tendons, and muscle injuries.

After receiving any of these injuries, you could notice pain right away, or you might feel fine with pain then worsening over time.

2. Long Periods of Sitting

Aside from herniated discs, spine alignment also corrects slipped discs. Both of these injuries can occur after sitting for long periods of time as a daily routine. After sitting for long periods of time day in and day out, you’ll begin to experience pain in your shoulders, neck, and upper back.

This pain is caused by poor posture, which is adapted from sitting often. Poor posture puts pressure on these areas and causes your discs to shift. People who experience this type of pain are most commonly people who sit at a desk for work.

These issues are even more common in people who type on a computer all day long because they’re normally hunched over the computer typing. Even if you aren’t suffering from neck, shoulder, or back pain yet, if you work on a computer every day, you should visit a chiropractor.

3. Limited Range of Motions

Remember when you were a child and were able to stretch as far as possible. Your flexibility might not ever be as amazing as it was when you were a child, but it shouldn’t be limited simply because you’re an adult now. If you’ve noticed a limited range of motion in your arms, legs, and neck, then it could be time to see your chiropractor.

When you receive treatment from a chiropractor, you’ll be given more range of motion in these parts of your body. In return, your body will be able to function more properly than before. One way to tell if you’re suffering from a limited range of motion is to turn your neck to each side.

Are you able to turn your neck to one side more than the other? If so, then you have a limited range of motion in your neck and shoulders.

4. Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain can cause you lots of suffering. In many cases, you may feel like pain medications or surgery is your only option, however, before going either of these routes, you should consult with your chiropractor.

Chronic back pain can be the cause of several different factors including working on your feet all day or your overall posture. Visiting your chiropractor ensures that you discover what’s causing you this chronic pain and how to correct it.

Chiropractic decompression is one form of treatment that can be used to correct this issue. Invasive surgery should always be your last resort, and if required, your chiropractor will advise you of it.

5. Shooting Pain Down Legs

If you experience pain that shoots down your legs, then you could be suffering from a disc that’s out of place, a pinched nerve, or sciatic nerve pain. This sharp pain, tingling or weakness in your legs is due to discs placing pressure on your nerves. t

Patients suffering from sciatica may experience relief when lying down and might even suffer from this pain all the way down to the toes. In most cases, sciatica only affects one leg or one side of the body from the buttock down.

It’s best to speak with your chiropractor about the type of pain you’re feeling in your legs. Your chiropractor may then be able to adjust your spine, relieving this pressure and pain.

6. Recent Car Accident

If you’ve been in a recent car accident, then you need to seek treatment from a chiropractor as soon as possible. Waiting too long to seek treatment could cause you more troubles down the road. Not only will this affect your settlement, but it will also affect your physical health.

In most cases, auto accidents cause health problems that sometimes don’t arise until days, weeks, or months after the accident. An auto accident chiropractor will work with you to determine any issues caused by your accident including whiplash.

Whiplash tears many features of the spine resulting in headaches, numbness, tingling, stiffness, and pain.

Do You Know When to See a Chiropractor?

If you’re experiencing any of these issues listed above, then you know when to see a chiropractor! Are you ready to seek professional chiropractic treatment?

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