Manipulate, Adjust, And Feel Better?
September 14, 2013

Manipulate, Adjust, And Feel Better?

My brother’s girlfriend (who is also one of my dearest friends) works for a chiropractor. We have been discussing the uses and benefits to seeing a chiropractor, and since most of this is new information to me, I thought I would share with the redOrbit readers who might want to know more about chiropractors and their work.

What exactly is a chiropractor? As the American Chiropractic Association explains, “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.” In layman’s terms, this means chiropractors work to treat problems dealing with muscles and bones. People who perform the chiropractic treatments are called chiropractors. WebMD adds that “Most chiropractors take a natural approach to promoting health through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and exercise.”

What specifically do chiropractors do? Well, most people think of the chiropractor as a doctor to see when our bodies, particularly our backs, need “popping.” This popping is actually an adjustment or manipulation of the bones and muscles. They do not pop anything. In my brother’s girlfriend’s words, chiropractors adjust and manipulate so much more than our backs or necks including, “our feet, our wrists, our elbows, shoulders, toes, arms, whatever it may be.”

Moreover, she explained that they could also see babies for acid reflux, babies and children for other problems they may have, or anyone of any age for headaches, migraines, allergies, and inflammation. And chiropractors can treat injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Plus, some administer B12 injections for those who need them.

Why should we see a chiropractor? Apparently, adjustments are good for the health of our bones, improving our immune systems, and for benefiting our posture. Plus, as was stated earlier, they can treat myriad issues. The Mayo Clinic claims “The goal of chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is to correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function.” Who doesn’t want that?

I must admit that I have never been to a chiropractor. It is not because I do not respect them; I do. But I just have never actually taken the time to check them out. Now that I have a family member (for all intents and purposes) who works for one and supports their mission, I really want to go in for a consultation and adjustment. I struggle with migraines, so that is reason enough, but just the general well being and improved health appeal to me.

I know that many doctors of other specialties do not give the same credit to chiropractors. Frankly, many patients also question the chiropractor. However, I have known people who have avoided back surgery because of a chiropractor. I know those who have been able to at least minimize their headaches and migraines because of chiropractors. I even know people who have been able to help their injuries and disorders with chiropractic work. The more I learn about it, the more interested I am in seeing a chiropractor. Perhaps chiropractic work is not for everyone, but having a better understanding of what they do is still important.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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