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What can a chiropractor do for you? Or for your family? There are a lot of misconceptions and errors around the idea of visiting a chiropractor. There can be some fear and hesitation in making an appointment or referring someone.  Friends and family either give raving reviews or horror stories about their experiences. It’s hard to know what’s right. Seeing a chiropractor extends beyond cracking your neck or getting adjusted. 

There are several reasons for seeking out a treatment plan from a chiropractor. Ask around, I’m sure someone has seen one and can make you a referral. Make sure you check with your primary physician.  Take the time to do your homework, read the reviews, ask people on Twitter or Facebook, check their credentials and education.  This is an important step, you need to be comfortable and develop a strong, trusting relationship with your chiropractor. You will be receiving chiropractic care several times. 

At your first appointment with your chiropractor, there will be a whole health evaluation, most chiropractors, and especially, Dr. Drew, use a whole health approach, which could include x-rays, eating habits, and family and work life balances. There will be questions about any pain you are in, how long you’ve had it, medical issues, family history. This is a very thorough process and can be intense.  This is usually where you and the chiropractor will set up a treatment plan and discuss the hows and whys. 

Why go see a chiropractor? There are several reasons, we’ve listed some of the more common ones below:

Stress

When most people think of stress, they think of tension, headaches, and overwhelming feelings. Stress can also manifest itself in physical ways. More than a headache, there can be high blood pressure, insomnia, or even weakened immune system. Long term effects of stress can lead to heart problems, depression, weight loss, or gains. 

Regular visits to the chiropractor can help release stored tension in the body, relieve the symptoms of stress, and reduce the damage it deals. Regardless of the cause, stress initiates a fight-or-flight response that affects nearly every part of the body.

Posture

Stand up straight. Shoulders back, stomach in. And, the newest one, Tech Neck.   Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Posture is more than standing straight or even the ability to sit strong. Good posture creates a strong foundation for your body, it opens you up to breathe stronger, be more stable, and create the least amount of strain on the muscles that support your body. Tech neck, the constant looking down at your phone or tablet is creating neck strain, pain, and stiffness. That can have long term ramifications on the whole family. 

An evaluation with a chiropractor will help you determine the best course of action. It’s more than adjustments, it’s setting boundaries when you are working on your phone and computer, there are exercises you can do to strengthen your core and find the best way to sit, stand, and sleep for your body. 

Chronic pain and compromised immune system

Chronic pain depletes your energy, it’s more than just pain, it affects every aspect of your life and drains you physically and mentally. Many traditional treatments treat the pain with medication. The immune system encompasses the whole body, consisting of cells and tissues working together to keep you healthy. The nervous system and immune system are hardwired to work together to create optimal responses for the body and interact with each other more often than you may think. When blocked, sickness and weakness occur. 

Studies have shown chiropractic care in treating chronic pain evaluates and treats more than the pain. With adjustments and manipulations, treatments that get to the root of the problem and not focused on just the pain. This extends to the immune system, those same adjustments and manipulations by creating a stronger and more open connection to the nervous system. The better your nervous system can function and communicate, the better the rest of your body can function and communicate. 

Seeing a chiropractor may feel foreign to you or even uncomfortable. That is understandable. The general understanding of the role of a chiropractor is full of misinformation and speculation. With Dr. Drew, each patient has his full attention, receives a comprehensive evaluation and the whole team works together for the total focus of your health. Availability to answer emails or phone calls when you have a question. Unclear or unsure how or why visiting Dr. Drew would help you? Call or email, Dr. Drew is ready to answer your concerns. 

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