Most of us think of the chiropractor as the “back” doctor. After all, his job is to help you with your spine and any injuries related to it.
But that’s not all he does.
A chiropractor’s practice encompasses your entire well-being. Sometimes our injuries are exacerbated by our situations at home or at work. A chiropractor’s job is to treat our injuries. That doesn’t just involve adjusting our backs or giving us massages. Sometimes it involes a lot more.
Here are four things you didn’t know a chiropractor can do for you.
Work on Kids
Yes, it’s safe to take your kid to the chiropractor. In fact, it’s encouraged.
Kids are resilient little creatures. From the time they started learning to walk they’ve fallen over numerous times. You’ve seen kids hit their heads, scrape their knees, bang their elbows and keep going without so much as an “ow.”
That’s why they need to see a chiropractor.
Unlike adults, children are not aware of the damage they’ve done to themselves. If an adult trips and falls, and he immediately checks himself for injuries. He may even monitor it for the next few days to make sure it’s healing properly.
A kid will trip and fall and keep going. Three days later he’ll wonder why his knee hurts – and so will you.
Taking your kid to a chiropractor is a preventative measure. It’s just like going to the dentist or a general practice doctor. You want to make sure your kid is as healthy as possible. This includes his back, spine and all attached appendages.
Counsels You on Nutrition
Nutrition is an important part of your well-being. This is why chiropractors council you on it.
Chiropractors are doctors just like dentists and medical doctors are. They know a lot about the human body. Since the spine is literally the backbone of the body, they have to know everything that affects it. That includes nutrition. So if you have questions about your diet, you can talk to your chiropractor.
Manages Sports-Related Injuries
Sports chiropractors manage sports-related injuries. Sports medicine is a totally different field of medicine that comes with a high injury rate. Therefore doctors who work in sports medicine need to have working knowledge of the human body and how it works in sports.
If you play any kind of sport at all – even golf – you may benefit from a visit to your chiropractor. He can monitor you for injuries and give you tips on how to stay safe while playing sports.
Helps You Manage Stress
Stress is one of the biggest reasons people have chronic injuries. Stress prevents the body from healing properly. In fact it can make mountains out of molehills.
Your chiropractor knows this. Part of his job is to help you manage stress. This is for your overall health and for your injuries.
You can’t completely heal if you’re stressed out. Your body is devoting all of its energy into worrying and fretting instead of healing. This is what makes your injuries worse.
So if you have a problem with stress, talk to your chiropractor about it. He can help determine if it’s causing any type of discomfort (tension, making chronic conditions worse,) and find practical solutions for managing it.
Your chiropractor does a lot of other things that you may not have known about. The statement “He’s just a back doctor” is only a half-truth. Your chiropractor is a wellness doctor who happens to specialize in your back. He’s just as qualified as any other doctor to help you manage stress, injuries and nutrition.