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Chiropractic Care as an Affordable Option

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

concerned-parentsIt can be rather difficult to take care of yourself these days when the cost of healthcare is so high. However, you may find reprieve in something like chiropractic care, which can treat your entire body, from head to toe, while saving you a considerable amount of money.

If you suffer from chronic pain, especially neck or lower back pain, you may find that it is more cost-effective to see a chiropractor than a medical doctor. While you should always rule out more serious conditions, a chiropractor can help to relieve chronic pain. Better yet, many insurance policies now cover visits to the chiropractor so you don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses. The cost of treatment is also much more affordable than medical treatment, so that’s something to keep in mind.

So, why should you choose chiropractic care over medical care? First and foremost, is the cost factor. Going to see a medical doctor can cost you anywhere from about $50 to over several hundred dollars. This is even accounting for insurance, with a good deductible. If your co-pay is high, you’re going to have to shell out a lot each visit just to see the doctor. This doesn’t even include the cost of treatment. That’s definitely not good for your pocketbook or your health. Many people avoid going to the doctor because of this cost factor. Instead of foregoing treatment altogether, a chiropractor can provide you with relief.

Another problem with seeing a medical doctor for chronic pain is that they will likely just prescribe you a medication. These medications won’t fix the cause of your pain, they only treat the symptoms. This doesn’t provide a long-term solution, yet many people rely on these medications for the long-term. This can cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects, including dependence. The fewer medications you need, the better.

Undergoing chiropractic care also takes into account the full person. Instead of just treating one problem, it can treat your entire body and help prevent episodes of pain for you in the future. All in all, it’s a positive experience that can make a real difference in your life without breaking your budget.

The key to effective chiropractic care is finding a good chiropractor. You obviously want to go to one that has an excellent reputation and has treated people for a wide variety of conditions. Only then can you be sure that you’re in good hands. Again, if you suspect you have a serious medical problem, see a physician as well.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Posted on: February 12th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancyWhen you’re pregnant, your body goes through a whole host of changes. Understandably so, you’re growing a life inside you. However, it may be difficult at times to deal with some of these changes, especially since they can throw all real load on your body structure. Many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and hip pain due to the introduction of a hormone called relaxin into the system. This hormone relaxes the ligaments and joints, making it easier for the pelvis to open for birth. In the meantime, however, relaxin can make your joints more sore and affect you in every way including your posture.

Undergoing chiropractic treatment to relieve some of the pain and soreness associated with pregnancy. After all, your center of gravity moves forward considerably as your belly grows, your pelvis starts to tilt, your lower back gets tight, your gluteal muscles are weakened. Your back starts to arch. All of this can cause a considerable amount of pain. The good news is that as soon as you have the baby, these complaints usually go away. However, it’s important to make life manageable in the meantime. And if that means getting regular chiropractic treatments, so be it.

Should you going to a chiropractor’s office while you’re pregnant, you will notice a few adjustments that are made to accommodate you. For instance, a special table is used with a hole for your belly. Adjustments may be less intense and focus more on increasing the range of motion of ligaments and joints and bringing strength back to some of your soft tissues. Chiropractors can even be helpful in some cases if the baby is mal-positioned. It has been proven that some adjustments can help a breech baby turn in time for delivery.

When you’re pregnant, your options for pain relief are rather limited. Instead of reaching for pills, undergoing chiropractic care can give you the pain relief you seek without risks. Plus, regular adjustments can make you feel more relaxed and calm and they generally prepare you for the birth.

While you should always consult with your doctor before going to a chiropractor, it’s generally safe for most pregnant women and can be a great way to relax, relieve pain, improve joint stability and flexibility, and prepare you mentally and physically for giving birth. Not to mention, it feels great and can be thought of as a little treat to yourself as you’re growing this life inside you.