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When Should I See a Chiropractor? Ask an Expert “Spinal health will be viewed in the future much the same way that dental health is viewed today.”

Dr. Katerina Sheffield Dickey has a prediction: “Spinal health will be viewed in the future much the same way that dental health is viewed today. Poor spinal care is often tolerated in the same way that poor dental health was once tolerated. Thankfully that’s changing as people learn the importance of good spinal care. Seeing your chiropractor regularly is central to avoid accelerated aging, decreased mobility and unnecessary pain.”

Dr. Katerina Sheffield Dickey Westlake Chiropractic 512.306.1625, westlakechiropractic.com Dr. Katerina Sheffield Dickey is a board certified chiropractor who graduated from Parker University in Dallas, and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy with honors. Her upper cervical specific approach combined with gentle full spine and extremity adjusting is structurally based, with an emphasis on global balanced weight bearing and curve restoration.

How Can I Benefit From Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a clinically proven, holistic approach to relieve musculoskeletal pain without drugs, surgery or other invasive therapies. Car wrecks, sports injuries, childhood falls, and poor posture cause the spine to misalign and lose its ability to move properly. These misalignments irritate the nerves that run through the vertebra, wear out discs and ultimately contribute to accelerated aging and poor health. Gentle spine care slows accelerated aging, restores structural integrity to the spine, relieves pressure on nerves and allows them to communicate freely and effectively. Conditions that respond favorably to structurally based chiropractic treatment are back and neck pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, non-surgical scoliosis, headaches, and even migraines. As pain is decreased and balance is restored, patients often experience positive secondary benefits, such as improved cognition, better sleep, better digestion as well as relief from hip, knee and foot pain. As a pharmacist I understand all too well the negative side effects of drugs, but as a chiropractor, the positive ‘side effects’ of chiropractic constantly amaze me.

Why Should I See a Chiropractor? According to a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and 8   Guide to Good Health 2 0 1 6

Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic is one of the most cost-efficient forms of healthcare. Research found that people under chiropractic care spent 85 percent less on pharmaceuticals, had 62 percent fewer outpatient surgeries, 60.2 percent fewer hospital stays, and shortened their hospital stay by 59 percent when they did have to check in. These numbers are significant. It has been estimated that up to ninety-percent of world-class athletes take advantage of chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. You may not be a world-class athlete, but you might be a world-class working professional, parent or spouse, and your body is every bit as valuable and important to the task. Take care of it!

How Quickly Should I Expect Results? It depends on your goals and your commitment to achieve them. Every patient is different, but typically it depends on the amount of trauma a patient has been subjected to and how long it has gone untreated. Untreated trauma builds up, causing accelerated aging, and it takes time to reverse. Some patients realize dramatic, early results, but for most, the process takes time. Exercise, core and muscle strengthening and yoga and massage therapy can support effective spine care, and patients who utilize these modalities usually see faster results.

How Should I Choose a Doctor of Chiropractic? The choice is indeed a personal one, but here are some things to look for: First and foremost, look for a doctor who will listen to your goals, do a thorough history and exam and design a custom treatment plan for you. Bedside manner is important: does the doctor display genuine care and concern for you and your family? Results, however, are the key. There are many different chiropractic techniques, and your results could vary from one technique to another. If you don’t get the results you’re looking for, don’t give up on chiropractic; look for a doctor whose technique matches your goals.

When Should I See a Chiropractor? It’s never too early to seek chiropractic care. I have a patient who started seeing a chiropractor when he was a teenager, and we found, at age 50, that he has Bertolotti’s Syndrome, a condition that typically causes pain and immobility in a person’s twenties. He credits chiropractic care for allowing him to live freely and without pain for thirty additional years, and he credits chiropractic care for keeping him mobile today. If you have pain, see a chiropractor. If you’re active and want to perform at the highest level, see a chiropractor. If you’re healthy and want to live a wellness lifestyle, see a chiropractor.

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