Most people think of chiropractors as doctors who treat back problems. While this is true, chiropractic is also a great way to manage many types of pain, including neck pain, sciatica, headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, and hip pain.

With today’s growing health care costs, chiropractic care is receiving more widespread attention due to its cost effectiveness. Compared to more expensive and invasive options, such as medication, steroid injections and surgery, chiropractic is a conservative, low cost pain management option. Chiropractic care reduces pain, decreases medication, increases joint mobility, and allows patients to return to the activities they love.

Here are some tips to help prevent pain compiled by the American Chiropractic Association:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Make sure your workstation has proper ergonomics, your doctor of chiropractic can help you with this.
  • Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your joints are moving properly.

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