Drug-free relief? A look at Chiropractic Care

An Introduction To Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care treats neuromusculoskeletal issues by manually manipulating the spine, other joints, and other aspects of the body. When you’re suffering from pain in your lower back, neck, or shoulders, chiropractic can help relieve that discomfort and reduce inflammation throughout your body without prescription drugs. Chiropractic care can help relieve these common ailments below; read on:

1. Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments that people will experience. It can be caused by many different things, from muscle tension to injury. The first thing to do when experiencing back pain is to figure out what's causing it.

A visit to the chiropractor may help relieve your pain and give you a better sense of what's going on in your body.

After an exam and evaluation, a chiropractor might recommend physical therapy to help retrain your body to move without pain or adjust one or more vertebrae in your spine (also known as spinal adjustments). The goal is to alleviate pressure on the nerves that come from the spine so they can heal.

2. Neck pain

Neck pain can be caused by various factors, including poor posture, overuse of the neck muscles, and injury. If you're experiencing neck pain that doesn't go away with simple treatments, like rest and medication, it may be worth considering getting a chiropractor's opinion.

3. Headaches

A headache is a pain in one area of the head and can be caused by anything from stress to certain medications. Headaches can be treated with over-the-counter analgesics, an ice pack on the forehead, or prescription medications.

OTC analgesics include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Prescription medications include Topamax and Imitrex. Depending on your personal circumstances, it may be possible for you to avoid these medications through chiropractic care. Obviously this may not be the solution for everybody and you should definitely see a doctor (GP) immediately if your headache persists or you are experiencing new symptoms such as vomiting or fever. The doctor may order tests to help identify the source of your headache.

4. Shoulder pain/numbness in hands

When people think of chiropractors, they often assume they will only be adjusting necks and backs. However, in addition to helping with pain and muscle tension, many chiropractors are trained in various types of manipulation that can help relieve common ailments such as shoulder pain or numbness in the hands.

The type of manipulation used is tailored to the condition being treated. For example, if someone has a rotator cuff injury, a specific type of manipulation would be used on the shoulder joint area.

On the other hand, if someone had numbness or tingling in their hands and fingers due to compression at the spine level (cervical spine), then a specific type of spinal adjustment would be given at that location on the spine.

"Good Chiropractors" generally take a "holistic" (whole-body) approach to the care they provide, not just treating symptoms but seeking to get to the underlying cause of a problem that may be presenting symptoms in your neck, back or hands.


Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to healing that can help relieve everyday aches and pains for many people. It's also a potential solution for treating chronic pain, restoring neck or back health, and recovering from sports injuries. A chiropractor can address various conditions with chiropractic treatments tailored to your needs. So don't wait! Visit today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care and schedule an appointment.

Dr. Raminder Badyal
Dr. Raminder Badyal
Vancouver chiropractor
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