Why See a Chiropractor?

Visiting a chiropractor can help you deal with a number of conditions. In some cases, a visit to the chiropractor can take away the need for painkillers or at least reduce it. According to Chirobase, an online guide to the history, theories and practices of chiropractics, a number of randomized controlled trial, or RCT, have shown the many benefits for those with spinal issues.

Back Pain

According to Chirobase, a number of RCT have shown that patients who use chiropractic care to treat lower back pain have a 34 percent higher improvement in recovery over those who use other methods. Results are mixed on whether the outcomes are better when chiropractor visits are used alone or combined with exercise therapy or medication. Not enough data is available, however, on whether chiropractic care is effective in treating chronic low back pain or sciatica.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is second only to lower back pain as a reason for visiting a chiropractor, reports Chirobase. Fewer studies have been conducted on the efficacy of manipulation and mobilization to treat neck pain. A 1996 study published in the British Medical Journal showed that people who were treated by a chiropractor showed more improvement than those who used a different type of therapy. Headaches that are related to tension or neck pain also can be helped with chiropractic care. According to Arn Strasser, a chiropractor and writer for Spine Universe, chiropractors can treat a number of conditions associated with neck pain, including joint injuries and strained muscles, but they will refer more serious problems, such as fractures, to the appropriate doctor.

Non-Musculoskeletal Conditions

According to Chirobase, chiropractic care has been used to treat a number of conditions not connected to the musculoskeletal systems. This includes hypertension, dizziness/vertigo and chronic pelvic pain. Results are mixed. The University of Maryland Medical Center points out that the following conditions are often treated through chiropractic care: digestive problems, fatigue, premenstrual pain and asthma.