Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Chiropractic

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We’ve heard a few misconceptions about Chiropractic over the years.  There are many misconceptions about Chiropractic and for some, it’s an unfamiliar plan of treatment.  Today we are debunking myths and giving you some information you may not already know!

1.   “Once I go to a Chiropractor, I will have to keep going” is a myth. 

If you come in with pain, Dr. Koester will resolve your problem and will want to see you to be sure that you are maintaining your range of motion.  After that, many patients choose to continue a regular schedule to prevent the pain from returning.  Most patients choose to keep coming on a regular basis to maintain their overall wellness and maintenance care.

2.  Your bones are not actually cracking. 

One of Dr. Koester’s least favorite expressions is that you are coming in to get cracked.  There is actually not any cracking going on.  The sound an adjustment makes is called a cavitation and is only space being created within the joint causing gasses to be released from the joint capsule, which creates the popping or cracking noise.  Adjustments will not cause joints to wear out.  A highly trained Chiropractor, like Dr. Koester, knows just how to specifically improve motion in your joints and this will actually limit your likelihood of developing arthritis.  After an adjustment you will feel greater range of motion which leads to better quality of life.

3.  Chiropractic is for ALL ages!

Many infants are born with subluxations, or misalignments in their spine as a result of the birth process.  Regular adjustments can help infants with everything from ear infections to colic to overall wellness.  Chiropractic can help children with problems like bed-wetting, allergies, sports injuries, behavioral issues and overall wellness, just to name a few.  We all know Chiropractic can help adults who carry too much stress in their bodies and who overextended themselves during activities.  Seniors can benefit from Chiropractic, too!  As we age, Chiropractic can help decrease joint degeneration and help with balance and coordination.  Dr. Koester can care for your whole family!

4.  Problems are occurring in your body long before you feel pain.

The absence of pain does not equal health.  Restricted movement and unstable conditions are likely occurring long before pain begins. Masking the pain through medication can often worsen a condition because you are not solving the root of the problem.  In fact, you are probably making it worse.  Not only are you not resolving the issue, you are also making yourself more susceptible to future injuries.  Getting regular adjustments will prevent the pain from ever beginning.  Dr. Koester is interested in helping you not just feel better today, but live a better life free from pain.

5.  You are in charge of your own destiny.

If you want a life free from pain, you need to take an active part in your health.  When somebody says that they tried chiropractic and it didn’t help, what most often has happened is that they didn’t give it a real chance.  While complicating circumstances are very real and there are many factors to consider, we have know of patients with easy-to-fix chiropractic issues that could have been resolved if they would have stuck with the plan.  Our society wants a quick fix to all problems, and sometimes Chiropractic can and will provide immediate relief.  Often though, real solutions require time and patience and that patience is rewarded with real and true lasting results.  Problems do not occur overnight and they will likely not go away with one adjustment.   In most cases, one doesn’t acquire back pain over night, and it’s not going to go away over night. Years of unhealthy posture, over-extension and misuse takes its toll and while one adjustment may provide some relief, the problem may not be permanently and immediately resolved.   Exercises, nutrition and lifestyle changes will be recommended, but it is up to you to implement them or not.  You are in the drivers seat of your own health!  Call Dr. Koester today, 615-851-3900 or visit our website, www.longhollowchiro.com

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