Chiropractic medicine is a non invasive form of medicine that helps to treat musculoskeletal pain. If you have not seen a chiropractor before there are many benefits that you can achieve, but there are also some cons.
One of the most important benefits, as stated before chiropractor is non invasive, instead of dealing with going through surgery or dealing with medications that can have side effects, it is important to look at what can be done naturally. The non invasive approach provides you with treatment for musculoskeletal pain and symptoms without having to pierce your skin. As a result of the non invasive approach there is also not a lengthy recovery time after surgery.
Another big benefit is cost effectiveness. Even though in Canada, seeing our doctors is seen as a free service, your primary care physician and or surgeons are sending bills to the government for thousands of dollars as a cost associated with your treatment. Chiropractic treatment in Alberta is not covered by Alberta Healthcare and as a result you have to pay out of your own pocket. However, the cost associated with chiropractic treatment is much less than the cost associated with surgery. Further, most companies have extended health benefit plans that reimburse you for these out of pocket expenses.
There are very few side effects to chiropractic treatment, soreness, and bruising are probably the two most common and severe side effects. Stroke that is commonly associated with neck adjusting has ben shown by good scientific research to be completely false. Adjustments are very safe and harmless.
The biggest con associated with chiropractic in my opinion is finding a good one. It is important when looking for a chiropractor in Calgary, you talk to a friend for a referral or read reviews online before putting your health into there hands.
Many of the people that walk through the doors of my club ( that offers a special weight loss program) are dealing with overweight issues and some are even considered obese. When I ask them why they are here and what their goals are the majority tell me they want to lose weight because they are unhappy with the way they look. A powerful motivator, but the health concerns related to obesity and being overweight are far greater than not being able to fit into your jeans.
Inactivity and improper diet are the two main reasons why more people in Canada and North America are overweight than not. These two contributing factors are the reason we are reaching epidemic proportions and are causing and will continue to cause a huge strain on our health care system. Yes, genetics plays a part in the diseases and ailments we may be afflicted with, but lifestyle choices count for more.
Countless research studies show that being overweight increases your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint injuries, muscle tears and so much more. Scientific research and medical advancements are going to insure that most of us live into our 80’s, but do you want to do it overweight, out of shape dealing with several of the above problems slobbering on yourself lying in bed with tubes stuck in you or climbing Kilimanjaro? The choice is your!
Kinesio Taping is used to provide support and stability to injured muscles/joints without affecting your range of motion. It is a non invasive technique that works whereby creating a stimulus on the skin to trigger tiny proprioceptive muscles to activate. When these muscle activate it increases stability around the joint and subconsciously creates a mental cue for your body to protect that area.
Kinesio is commonly seen on professional athletes. It is a bright coloured elastic tape that was sene all over athletes during the Summer Olympics. It is very effective as an adjunct treatment for many different injuries.
Kineso Tape is also applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement. It is widely used in many sports because the elasticity allows the muscle to move through full range of motion.Traditional sport taping, even though it creates stability, greatly restricts range of motion and function, This affects the person from functioning normally. It also restricts blood flow to the muscle and slows the healing process.
As a chiropractor, I used it a lot of kinesio taping during Calgary marathon to treat Achille’s tendonitis, planter fasciiitis, bursitis, hip pain and low back pain. It can also be used for many other applications from headaches to feet and anything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.