Chiropractors are experts at dealing with the spine. As such, your chiropractor is probably the first person you think of seeing when you develop back pain. But did you know that there are many other issues you can actually visit the chiropractor for? Here are four of them.
Many headaches are actually due to strain and stress in the neck. If the muscles in your neck are tight, they will pinch nerves in the area where your head and neck meet. This will lead to pain in the head itself. Your chiropractor can adjust your spine to alleviate tension in these muscles, thereby addressing the cause of your headaches at the source. If you've been struggling with repeated headaches in spite of using medications, a visit to the chiropractor is a good next step.
2. Sore Shoulders
Your shoulders are closely related to your spine. In fact, if your spine is out of alignment, one shoulder will sit lower than the other, and you will use one shoulder more than the other. This can cause shoulder pain, and, over time, it can even contribute to shoulder injuries such as strained rotator cuffs and slab tears. Having your chiropractor adjust your spine can evenly distribute the pressure across both shoulders, leading to reduced symptoms.
Your first visit, if you suffer from allergies, should probably be to an allergist. However, your second visit should be to the chiropractor. They can adjust the joints in and around your face to help open up your sinus cavities. This will allow your sinuses to drain better, so your allergy symptoms don't feel as severe. Regular chiropractic adjustments can also ease pressure on nerves related to your immune system. With this pressure off, your immune system may not be so reactive to allergens.
4. Sprains and Strains
If you sprain your ankle, wrist, or another joint, it's not a bad idea to see the chiropractor a few times during your recovery. They will adjust your spine to ensure you're not causing any damage when you compensate for the injured limb. They may also use some techniques like massage and cold laser therapy to increase the healing rate of the injured joint.
To learn more about what your chiropractor can really do, ask them! Most will be happy to tell you more about their skills and their abilities to treat these and other ailments.