Chiropractic care involves a system of therapy that is primarily focused on your body structure, especially the spine. Whether you are suffering from back pain or neck pain, the right chiropractic remedies can relieve the pain and help restore your optimal lifestyle. But, the wrong technique can lead to unwanted consequences. Thus, it is always recommended to strictly follow the exercises a professional instructs.
Trying out chiropractic remedies at home may be tempting when all you want is for your pain to go away. But consult with a professional and qualified chiropractor first. Also, you should avoid the following so-called chiropractic remedies, thereby preventing further injuries.
Chiropractic Remedies to Avoid at Home
Frequent hot baths
It feels incomparably blissful to soak in the hot tub after a long, hard day. But that doesn’t help in long-time recovery from back pain. Hot baths help you relax and may even soothe sore muscles. But, it isn’t a great option for back pain treatment.
Understand one thing. Chiropractic care is mainly about adjusting structural misalignments and relieving physical pain. A hot bath tends to loosen and relax your muscles. It feels good but has no remedial effect on your pain. In fact, you may end up worsening the pain if you try to move around after getting out of the bath. On the other hand, chiropractors determine the underlying cause of the pain and then provide you with a treatment plan.
Cracking backs using a chair
You may have heard or seen chiropractors cracking a patient’s neck and back and relieving pain. But they do it while performing an alignment. They have acquired the qualifications, expertise and knowledge required to provide quality chiropractic care. You cannot crack your back as a qualified chiropractor does despite using a chair. In reality, you might just go on stretching your joints beyond their threshold level.
Daily, random cracking
You may often crack your fingers, back, knees and neck while working or performing an activity. This happens because routine movements stretch your mobile bones apart, causing air bubbles to form between them. Cracking occurs when you stretch apart your bones in the presence of air bubbles.
Now, the process isn’t as easy as it seems. Unsupervised cracking can make your joints less stable and cause pain. Thus, talk to a professional chiropractor who will apply the right techniques and optimize your health.
Upside down hanging
According to science, hanging upside down relieves the pressure on your spine. It provides relief temporarily. It doesn’t treat the underlying cause of the pain. Thus, chances are the pain might return after a few days. Also, you need proper training and supervision to hang upside down without any negative consequences.
Self-adjustment techniques may provide temporary relief to you from the pain and discomfort. For instance, people often ask their kids to walk on their backs or practise ‘bear-hug’ spinal adjustments to reduce the pain. Chiropractic treatment involves the application of pressure on the affected areas. But that is done by a specialized professional. You should avoid it if you are not qualified for these adjustments.
Chiropractic care is one of the most efficient non-invasive therapy that has a proven track record of helping people deal with various types of pain. But you shouldn’t pay heed to the myths out there. Consult with professionals and share your problems.
September 8, 2022
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