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Q: How to I know if I need to see a chiropractor?

Posted August 14, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: There are many reasons a person initiates chiropractic care. For most, it is to alleviate a symptom, e.g. back pain, neck pain, headaches, etc. However, even if you don’t experience any symptoms, you may still benefit from seeing a chiropractor.

Your nervous system is the control center of your entire body, and your spine is the protector of your nervous system. From birth on, a person will experience many emotional, physical and chemical stressors. Our body is constantly trying to process, adapt and compensate from the stress we put on it. This eventually leads to subluxations or misalignments of the spinal bones that protect your ever-important nervous system. With a misalignment of a vertebrae (spinal bone), there is extra pressure put on your nervous system; thus, it is no longer functioning at 100 percent.

Your body will try to adapt and compensate before symptoms eventually arise weeks, months, or even years later. Getting checked by your chiropractor (even prior to symptoms) is of great benefit to ensure that your nervous system is functioning at an optimum level since it controls everything in your body. You may even notice some of the minor “aches and pain” subside. Chiropractic care may also prevent major injuries or symptoms from arising in the future. Getting adjusted will allow your body to function at its best thus leading to a healthier you.

Information provided by Nicole Olson, DC, CACCP, Olson Chiropractic Health Center, 1510 S.W. Oralabor Road, Suite B, Ankeny, 289-1015.

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