You might not think of your chiropractor as a healthcare provider. But they are. And they’re also one
who you should see when you have an ache or pain that’s just not going away. Your doctor will tell
you the same thing—get checked out by a physical therapist if something hurts, no matter how minor
it might seem. That’s because many different things can cause back pain, ranging from muscle
injuries to herniated discs and pinched nerves in the back (which is what we’ll be talking about here).
It’s not always clear-cut what’s going on with your body when your back starts hurting, but if it
persists long enough or gets worse over time then something serious could be happening. So what
are some signs that make it clear for sure that now is the time for a trip to see your chiropractor in
A chiropractor can help ease chronic pain, correct alignment, and ensure you’re on the right track for good posture
A chiropractor can help ease chronic pain, correct alignment, and ensure you’re on the right track for
good posture. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat pain, especially when it comes from
issues like tension headaches or back pain. Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s time to see a
chiropractor for treatment, but several signs indicate you may need some intervention:
● You have pain in your neck or lower back. Oftentimes, chiropractors will treat patients with
chronic conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia by adjusting the spine regularly until they
feel less discomfort in their bodies. For example, if you have constant tension headaches
caused by poor posture or muscle tightness in the neck area, regular adjustments can help
reduce those symptoms while giving your body better circulation overall.
● Your friend recommended it! While we always recommend getting a second opinion before
making any major decision about your health care (ahem), friends who’ve been treated by
chiropractors sometimes have positive things to say about them—and this could be one
reason why! If someone close has been helped by chiropractic care already then perhaps you
should consider following suit so that too can benefit from having an aligned spine!
You’re in pain
Pain—and the inability to alleviate it—is one of the most common reasons people seek out a
chiropractor. Because pain is often a symptom of an underlying problem, patients may think they
need to treat their pain with medication or other forms of treatment before addressing the root
cause. However, pain can also be caused by vertebral subluxations (the misalignment of bones) that
are irritating the nervous system. Chiropractors are trained to identify these subluxations and correct
them for optimal health and wellness.
You have posture issues
If you’re looking for ways to improve your posture, a chiropractor is a right place to start. Poor
posture can cause muscle strain and back pain. It can also lead to headaches because of the way it
puts stress on your neck, shoulders, and spine.
Chiropractors are trained in spinal rehabilitation techniques that can help improve your posture by
addressing any underlying issues with muscles, joints, discs (the cushions between each vertebrae),
nerves, blood vessels, and more that may be contributing to poor alignment.
Here are some common reasons why you might experience a shift in how you hold yourself:
● Sitting too long at work or home
● A recent injury that required medical attention such as an X-ray or MRI scan (these scans
involve positioning your body in certain ways)
● Weakness from arthritis or other conditions affecting bones or joints
You feel like your alignment is off
Whether you have pain in your neck, back, or shoulders, it’s important to pay attention when
something doesn’t feel right. You may feel like something isn’t lined up correctly. If you have a stiff
or sore neck, it could be a sign that your alignment is off and the pressure from gravity is causing
discomfort. If you have pain in your shoulders, lower back, or hips it could also mean that something
isn’t aligned properly. It’s important to seek out treatment as soon as possible so that these issues
don’t get worse over time!
● Neck: You can tell if this area of your spine is misaligned by having someone look at the
curve of the neck while looking down (as shown). If there’s too much curve away from the
center point then this could indicate misalignment with C1-C2 which would affect breathing
among other things related to respiration.*
You haven’t had a chiropractic adjustment in a while
If you’ve been avoiding the chiropractor because you don’t want to pay for a visit, consider this:
regular visits may save you money in the long run.
Chiropractic care is meant to be preventative. So if you leave an adjustment unaddressed and come
back with symptoms again, it can get expensive (and painful) when they continue occurring over and
If you’re dealing with pain that’s been around for more than a week or two, it’s time to see your
chiropractor as soon as possible so they can help alleviate that pain quickly and efficiently. The
longer it takes for someone to become adjusted after an injury or incident of strain or straining, the
more likely it becomes that their body will have trouble healing itself completely before moving on to
other areas of discomfort like headaches or even depression symptoms like lack of motivation or
energy level issues due to stress from being in constant pain without relief from treatments such as
ibuprofen medication which could potentially cause kidney damage if taken too often without
consulting with one’s primary care physician first about possible side effects related specifically
towards taking ibuprofen over extended periods (over 7 days) without consulting them first
We hope you found this article helpful! If you’d like to learn more about neck pain, check out our
other blog posts on the topic.
You should also consider seeing a chiropractor if you have these symptoms, as they can help make
your pain go away faster. If you’re interested in learning more about finding a chiropractor in
Woodland Hills and how it can benefit your health, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors