Expectations can be great when seeing a chiropractor (Doctor of Chiropractic) for the first time, but I have to be honest and let a lot of people down slowly when they first see me. The fact is that although one visit can often lead to much improved symptoms (often felt as less pain), the underlying causes, and therefore the long-term likelihood of more problems to come, are more tricky to sort out.
Think of it like running a marathon. Training improves your body (heart, lungs, muscles and other parts) until it is able to adapt from being less fit, to being more fit. Fit enough to run a marathon. Likewise the adjustments and spinal care advice you employ when seeing a chiropractor means that you go from being relatively unfit, spinally-speaking, to being more fit. In turn this means that you can feel better, move better, sleep better and respond better when you put your spine (and body) under stress and strain again. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine help to create better movement and posture habits, as they affect brain function in key areas, as new research has shown.
The choice is yours: there are other health professionals out there who will help you out of pain. When you are in pain they’ll help you out of pain again, often with medication, but how many times are you prepared to tread round that particular wheel? When you decide that you want to get to the causes of your problems, a chiropractor can help you to reach a level whereby symptoms are much more a thing of the past. Chiropractors will take the time to listen to you, to find out about your lifestyle, your health history, your goals and concerns. Care is always based on a regularly reviewed plan, not a “see how it goes” approach.
[Ed Groenhart is a chiropractor at Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre, Linton, Cambridge. He qualified in 2001 after studying for a degree in Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University, and a Master’s degree in Chiropractic at Surrey University. He has worked for professional sports teams, individuals, families and even The Wiggles (remember them?!) both in the UK and abroad.]