What you need to know before you go to the chiropractor

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 11/1/16.

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KUSA - The way you move impacts your body. But even when you're not moving at all, your body is learning by figuring out your routines, even forming habits.

Bad posture, for example, can be learned through time. Some people may not think it's a big deal, but even our smallest actions can come with big consequences, according to chiropractors like Dr. Randy Moyer with Moyer Total Wellness in Denver.

"People don't realize that bad posture can cause back pain," Dr. Moyer said.

The way you sit could be giving you headaches. How you stand may be putting pressure on your organs. Dr. Moyer, for example, used to have shoulder pain because he sat at his computer so often. He was inspired to be a chiropractor after he visited one and his shoulder pain went away.

Dr. Moyer says his patients typically have one thing in common: some kind of pain.

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Using a range of methods, chiropractors are able to determine if there are any issues with the muscular-skeletal system. Then, they poke, prod and adjust in order to get your body performing at its peak. Treatments vary depending on the patient.

Doctors say chiropractors give those who don't want to turn to traditional western medicine another option.

"If patients see their regular doctor, they're going to get prescribed medication and that would be a chemical solution for a structural problem," Dr. Moyer said.

He encourages people to consider chiropractic services because it could help a new group of patients: children.

"The alarming thing is my patients are getting younger and younger," Dr. Moyer said. "They have upper back pain because they're spending too much time basically, gaming on a phone or handheld device."

Unlike many types of alternative or complimentary pain relief, chiropractors are considered doctors in the U.S. and may legally see patients for just about anything from pain, cancer to diabetes.

Dr. Lisa Corbin, the medical director for the Center for Integrative Medicine with UCHealth, says chiropractic services have the potential to be very beneficial but says interested patients need to do their homework.
"Are they willing to call your physical therapist? Send a letter to your doctor? Ideally, they're being really integrative," Corbin said.

To be frank, she says there may be phonies.

"The way chiropractors are trained are different in different schools," Corbin explains. "Some of them are trained with the philosophy that you can fix anything by manipulating the spine."

Both Corbin and Dr. Moyer say credible chiropractors will take their time.

"You definitely want somebody who is not just going to walk in, crack your back and off you go," Corbin said.

Dr. Moyer does thorough assessments and consultations before every visit with patients. He echoed Corbin saying the key is research but says people should definitely consider it.

"There's obviously something to this," Dr. Moyer said, "You never know when it just might work."

 

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