Why chiropractic care is a great health care option for farmers
Farming is a hard job, but we at Creekside Chiropractic have got your back, sometimes very literally. Almost every farming job, regardless of the product, comes with its fair share of physical labor. Although modern technology has blessed us with advanced farm machinery and equipment, the health and wellness of your body is still crucial to being able to do your job well and without pain. But fear not, we know how to help you and your body get back into peak working condition and even prevent further pain and injury. If you’re in the farming industry and haven’t considered chiropractic care for your physical wellbeing, here is why we think you should.
What is chiropractic care?
Before we try to convince you that chiro can change your life for the better, you might be wondering, what is chiropractic medicine anyways? Chiropractic care, also known as just chiro, is a very versatile type of medical care that is hands-on and addresses pain without using any medications. Doctors, like our very own Dr. Erin Merrill, are certified to use their hands and special instruments to manipulate joints in your body which, if out of place, can cause you significant pain and stress in your life. Chiro is a great tool for people experiencing back, shoulder and neck pain, but it can be applied to many different kinds of pain throughout the body and has benefits that positively affect overall health as well.
Farming back pain? You’re not alone.
If you suffer from chronic or even occasional back pain, you are far from alone. According to a report in the National Agriculture Safety Database, 26% of farmers and ranchers deal with chronic back pain, and that number is likely low. Some types of farming place a much bigger strain on the back, which could lead to more serious injuries like herniated and bulging discs and degenerative disc disease. Don’t worry though, because a chiropractor can help with those issues too. Most of the pain relief in chiropractic medicine for the back specifically comes from the realignment of the spine. The doctor will use pressure and massage techniques to get everything back into place and will also give you recommendations on how to avoid further pain.
Arthritis pain relief with chiro
The back and neck are common places for those working in the farming industry to experience pain, but manual labor affects the entire body and affects everyone differently. The good news is chiropractic care can also help alleviate pain in the elbows, knees, hips and even arthritic pain. There are actually over “150 techniques that chiropractors use to manually adjust the spine, joints, and muscles,” and not all of them use the intense pressure or popping of bones and joints that you might have seen dramatically done by a chiropractor on social media. If you are dealing with arthritic pain, your doctor can gently manipulate your soft tissue to help stop muscle spasms and relieve joint tenderness. They also may recommend exercises and stretches that can help increase range of motion and decrease chronic pain. If this all sounds too good to be true, we promise you it is not!
Beyond the physical pain of farming
Beyond needing treatment for specific areas of pain, chiropractic care is also great for maintaining your overall health and wellbeing, including your mental health. Chiro has repeatedly been proven to help with headaches and migraines, especially if they are being caused by tension in the neck. Relieving neck tension, whether you knew you had it or not, can also help improve your quality of sleep and range of motion. If you are struggling with physical pain and maintaining your mental health, chiropractic care can be a great way to help improve both at the same time. That being said, if you feel you are going through a severe mental health crisis, we encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional specifically. If you are just looking to improve your overall well-being though, realigning the spine can actually help neurotransmitters travel to parts of the body that had been blocked off while the spine was out of place. Restoring these nerve pathways can lead to greater mental clarity and mental health without the use of medications.
We at Creekside Chiropractic are so grateful for everything farmers do for our community and nation and we know that your work comes with its own unique set of physical challenges. We hope that if you are experiencing physical pain that is holding you back from doing your best work, you consider working with a chiropractic practice. We are here to help you live your best pain-free life.
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