Some back pain passes with a massage or after applying heat or ice. Other back pain lingers and gets worse the longer you leave it unattended. But, when should I see a chiropractor? Here are five times you should go.
1. Recurring or Chronic Back Pain
Your chronic back pain could be a result of over-activity, the work you do at your job, or bad posture.
With chiropractic care, your chiropractor can help realign damage to your spine caused by overdoing extracurricular activities like sports, intense workouts, or too much yard work.
If your job requires heavy lifting, a lot of time on your feet, or sitting at a desk for most of the day, a chiropractor can help keep your back pain at bay with regular adjustments. They can also recommend tools and exercises to help reduce your pain during daily activity.
As adults, we often realize that all of the times your mom was right all of those times she told you to stand up straight. Many people have natural problems with their posture , without realizing their natural way of standing or sitting causes damage to their spine.
Posture and other ongoing symptoms can improve with chiropractic care. Easing chronic back pain is one of the best reasons why you should see a chiropractor.
2. An Accident or Other Injury
Neck injuries can lead to damage in other areas of your body, include brain trauma and nerve damage. Even if it’s a small fender bender, if you feel pain later that day or the next morning, a visit to a chiropractor is an excellent precaution to keep an injury from getting worse.
Sports injuries become more common the older we get. If you’re a weekend warrior or regularly involved in sports or physical exercise, regular spinal adjustments can help improve your performance and relief pain.
If you suffer from a sports-related injury, see a chiropractor to help manage pain and reduce the potential for long-term effects of jarring to the neck, legs, or back.
3. Severe Headaches or Migraines
Releasing tension in the neck often helps reduce the effects of migraines for long-time sufferers.
If medications aren’t working to relieve headache pain or reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, see a chiropractor for help.
4. Numbness, Tingling, or Sharp Pain in Your Legs
Your spine is the center of your body. It connects to everything. When your spine is out of alignment, you can feel the effects in your limbs.
If you have pain, numbness, or tingling in your legs, there’s a good chance something is out of line in your spine. Instead of heading to the medicine cabinet, visit a chiropractor.
A slipped disc or a pinched nerve could be the cause of your leg pain or numbness. Often, a series of spinal adjustments, massage, and stretches can loosen your back and glute muscles to ease leg discomfort.
When you visit a chiropractor, be sure they know about discomfort throughout your body—not just what you think relates only to back pain.
5. Uneven Wear on Your Shoes
If one shoe wears faster than the other, or the soles of your shoes show wear in different places, it could be a result of your spine’s alignment.
Proper alignment in your back helps the rest of your body function as it should—including walking with an even gait. A twist in your spine or a vertebra out of place can affect how you walk.
It can be a small change in your gait that goes unnoticed. But, it’s enough to make the soles of your shoes wear unevenly, or your pants legs fall differently on top of your foot.
You might not experience back pain—yet. However, it’s a good idea to see a chiropractor to prevent further misalignment and pain.