Chronic pain, resulting from overuse or injury is difficult to live with and can be mind numbing. It is the frustration and exhaustion from chronic pain that leads individuals to go to any length to overcome or end the pain. As a result, in our society we find increasing levels of pain medication addiction or dependency. Likewise, we see increasing rates of invasive surgeries on the back, legs, joints and knees. However, there is an effective alternative to invasive surgery or addictive pain medications – chiropractic treatment.
The generally accepted definition of chiropractic treatment is, “Adjustment and manipulation by hand of the vertebral column and extremities. In some cases it includes physical therapy, nutritional support and radiography.” The larger view of chiropractic care is the perception that the body is an interconnected system, which will reflect stress, injury and over-use through pain, tension and discomfort.
Chiropractic care, which began in the late 1800s has gradually become accepted as a conventional form of back pain treatment, up to 20% of Americans seek chiropractic help for pain, but is often overlooked for other injuries, particularly those on the extremities of the body. However, a growing body of research has shown that chiropractic treatment is effective on the entire body and in particular in the legs and joints.
In 2005 an Australian football team forewent conventional treatment for pain with their players and sought preventative chiropractic care for some of their players. They placed the others in a control study in order to have an accurate comparison. To test the efficacy of this experiment they included Dr. Wayne Hoskins and Henry Pollard to scientifically, in a controlled environment, monitor pain and performance in their subjects. It was found that those receiving regular chiropractic care had a significantly reduced risk of injury overall, no hamstring injuries and that these individuals, as a whole, generally benefitted from better health compared to any other year leading up to 2005. A prior study in 2004 found that patients with radiating pain below the knee experienced better long-term results though chiropractic treatment than through a general physician’s care.
Chiropractors offer patients an understanding of the body’s nervous system and the interconnection between nerves, muscles and the spinal cord. The perception of the body as a whole organism allows chiropractors to treat the entire body, to adjust the back, the arms and the shoulders in an effort to address pain in the legs or feet.
While perhaps unconventional, it takes only a glimpse at a Picasso painting, or a quick sketch of the body to see what artists and chiropractors know inherently: the body is a complete and interconnected piece of art. There is no end and no beginning – only beauty, connection and entirety.
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