Friday, September 9, 2016

5 Signs You Need a Chiropractor

Have you ever wondered if your back pain merits the ER, your primary care doctor, or a simple chiropractic adjustment? Knowing what kind of back pain you have will help you make the best decision for your body.

Did you know that you can also exhibit the need for a chiropractor even if you don’t have a back injury? Let’s look at the top 5 signs you need a chiropractor to help you stay at the top of your health game.

1. Recurring or Chronic Pain
If you live with constant back pain, or have bouts of back pain that come and go, you are likely dealing with something called chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain in the body that goes on for 12 weeks or longer. Chronic pain can occur because of an old injury, a debilitating disease like arthritis, or even lack a clear cause. If you have pain like this in your back, a chiropractor like Dr. Gil Kentof at the Dr. Gil Center for Back, Neck and Chronic Pain Relief in Franklin, Tennessee, can be the solution you’ve been looking for.

2. An Accident
Any time that you receive an injury to your body—auto, sports, or otherwise—it’s a sign that you need a chiropractor. For example, if you get whiplash from a fender bender, the strain on your neck muscles can eventually lead to neck pain and back problems. The thing is that you may not feel any pain immediately after the accident. Seeing a chiropractor even when you don’t yet have pain can prevent it in the future. If you’ve recently had an accident, it’s a sign that you need a chiropractor whether you have pain or not.

3. Recurring Headaches
Chiropractors can help relieve recurring headaches by straightening the spine, which in turn relieves muscle tension and reduces the occurrence of headaches. Persistent headaches can of course be a result of something else in your body—such as a tendency towards migraines or a symptom of an undiagnosed illness—but chiropractor can usually help no matter the cause. If you have constant headaches, it’s a sign your back needs the attention of a chiropractor.

4. Increased Stress
If your body mechanics or lifestyle don’t lend themselves to processing stress on a daily basis, it is likely that your body is storing stress. The side effects of this can end up being anxiety, sleep issues, depression, even weight gain and digestive problems. If you feel a rush of adrenaline on a constant basis, or at least face problems that overwhelm you regularly, it is likely that your body is storing stress. A stressful lifestyle is definitely a sign that you need a chiropractor. Spinal alignment can help your muscles release tension, among other things.

5. Impairment in Your Range of Motion
Have you noticed that you can’t reach as far as you used to, or perhaps turn your head as far as you are supposed to? This can be due to a variety of causes, from stiff muscles to frozen shoulder, and a chiropractor can loosen the muscles. If you have limited range of motion, it’s a sign you need a chiropractor.

How did you know you needed a chiropractor?
Having back pain isn’t the only sign that you could use the help of a chiropractor. If you’ve recently been in an accident, have limited range of motion, or even recurring headaches, you need a chiropractor.

When was the last time you saw a chiropractor? How did you know you should go? Tell us about your symptoms and what the chiropractor did for you. Comment below!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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