By far, the primary reason people seek chiropractic care is because of pain or an injury. That is normally the first thing people think of when they think of chiropractic—neck and back pain. And this is, of course, a fantastic reason to seek care! As a chiropractor, I would consider myself an expert in neck and back pain, as well as in a plethora of other musculoskeletal injuries and complaints. Chiropractic care is an extremely effective way to treat these things, and I always recommend starting with this (or some other type of conservative treatment) before rushing to imaging, meds, or surgery. There is SO much research to support conservative care as a productive and cost-effective way of managing this type of pain. But I digress.
There are also many non pain-related reasons to seek treatment from a rehab-based chiropractor, and I find that many people are surprised by this. In fact, I have had many people reach out and say something along the lines of, “I love your office and your treatment philosophy, but I don’t really have any pain or anything that feels wrong with my body! Can I still come in?” First of all, I’m flattered, and second of all, I love this question. The answer is a resounding yes, and here’s why.
Seeking care when you are not currently in pain is a great opportunity for “preventative”/wellness care and enhancing what you are already doing. If you’re already moving often and without pain, that is wonderful and the ultimate goal! In this instance, we can assess your movement, screen for any imbalances, give you any corrective exercises necessary, and of course get you adjusted and work out any muscle tension or trigger points. While in reality pain is a normal and expected part of life and there is no way to truly prevent all injuries, there can be a ton of benefit in maintenance care and ensuring you are moving optimally and catching problems early. Many people do this, including myself. I am active and have a physical job and think of it as just another way of maintaining and taking care of my body.
Many of my patients who seek this type of care have reported so many benefits outside of just pain relief, including improved recovery (one patient’s Whoop score is always in the green the day after her appointment!), better quality of sleep, better digestion, decreased anxiety, more mobility, and feeling stronger in the gym. There is a reason most professional sports teams have a team chiropractor onboard.
Another non-pain-related reason people have sought care in my office is because they have a goal to move more often or start a new exercise regimen, but maybe they aren’t confident in getting started, or they’re unsure how to use proper technique in the gym and don’t want to injure themselves. In this instance, we can focus the appointment on moving intentionally, developing mind/muscle connection, going over technique, and helping you understand which exercises do what and where you should be “feeling” things. I also have a wide network of coaches and personal trainers in my circle that I love connecting people with to continue the work we started and help them dive deeper into their goals, if they so choose.
In conclusion, and contrary to popular belief, chiropractors are not just for people with back pain. There’s never a bad time to prioritize taking care of or learning about your body, and if you’re someone who has been looking for a way to supplement your current wellness routine, enhance your recovery, or move better or more intentionally, I would absolutely love to work with you. Feel free to reach out via the contact tab if you have questions, or book online if you’re ready to make the move. Hope to serve you soon!