It’s okay to be skeptical of something unfamiliar, especially when it comes to your healthcare. But if you’re one of the few people who haven’t tried chiropractic care for that chronic back pain or that ache in your neck from poor sleeping habits, now’s the time. Drs. George and Stefanie Olar with 360 Chiropractic in Lacey want you to know what all the hype is behind chiropractic and why so many people have turned to it as a main part of their healthcare.
Where Did Chiropractic Get Started?
The art of chiropractic or manipulative procedures has been around for centuries. Records date back to the time of Hippocrates (460-370 BC), the “Father of Medicine,” and Socrates (469-399 BC), who advised, “If you would seek health, look first to the spine.”
However, the formal chiropractic methodology as we know it today actually started here in the United States! According to the American Chiropractic Association, in 1895 Daniel David Palmer, the “Father of Chiropractic,” gave the first chiropractic adjustment in Iowa to a patient named Harvey Lillard restoring his lost hearing. D. D. Palmer believed that disease was the effect or result of a part of the body – the vertebrae – being “disarranged” this leading to the philosophical principles of chiropractic being spinal health is vital to overall wellness.
Palmer would go on to establish the first chiropractic school in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa.
What Does Chiropractic Help With?
On the popular Netflix show, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” Mickey is hiding cramped in the backseat of a compact car, as he rubs his neck, Izzy asks, “you good?”
Mickey replies, “yeah after I see a chiropractor.”
Everyone knows chiropractors can help with back pain, including lower, upper and middle as well as sciatica pain. What people don’t realize is they can help with so much more! From the top of your skull to the tips of your toes, chiropractic adjustments can help you when anything is out of joint, stuck where it’s not supposed to be and more. “Chronic headaches, healing after an automobile accident, stiff or aching muscles, joint paint: these are things we can address with chiropractic care,” shares Dr. Stefanie.
Dr. George says he’s been listening to Meghan Trainor’s new song, “Made You Look”, saying “I love that she mentions chiropractic in her song!” The chorus in the song goes: “I’ll make you double take soon as I walk away/Call up your chiropractor just in case your neck break.” Even every day actions like turning your head quickly, doing the dishes or pruning your trees can cause our vertebrae to move out of alignment. When that happens, you feel pain. Sometimes a lot of pain.
Media such as television, movies, and songs talk about chiropractic more often as this alternative healthcare has become so popular.
Why People are Turning to Chiropractic
While people may be skeptical at first, all it takes is one adjustment for them to see the benefit. As proof, just 128 years after Palmer performed his first adjustment, Doctors of Chiropractic care have grown to the third largest group of healthcare providers. In the U.S. these doctors – whose education takes between six and eight years to earn their doctorate to practice – treat 27 million people annually. Which equates to 1 million adjustments performed every business day.
A big plus about chiropractic treatment is it requires no drugs. “More and more people are turning to chiropractic work as a drug-free pain management option,” says Dr. George. “With the fight against opioids, this is increasingly more important.”
And, chiropractic work is covered by most health insurances, including Medicare. For some, it can be an affordable option that keeps them from having to have more serious treatments, such as surgery. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that visiting a chiropractor for back pain could actually save Medicare $83.5 million/year.
If you are suffering from chronic headaches or earaches, a constantly tight neck or sore knees – or maybe you just had a fall! – you owe it to yourself to try chiropractic care. Dr. Stefanie states, “we are very fortunate in the Thurston County area to have so many great chiropractors who work together. It’s a great community!” Currently 360 Chiropractic has a waitlist for new patients, to get on their list call 360.923.0360 and to check out more information on their clinic visit the 360 Chiropractic website.
5101 Lacey Boulevard SE, Lacey