When should you avoid seeing a chiropractor?
Most, if not all, deviations from the normal quality of life go unnoticed until they become noticeable. At this point, you may wonder if the deviation has progressed too far for recovery to occur.
One question that those with a deviation from their normal quality of life have is whether they can benefit from chiropractic care in their current state of condition.
Chiropractors are highly trained within their scope of work. They may spend up to four years of postgraduate education earning their doctorate in Chiropractic and state licensure before beginning to practice.
They bring a level of thought to ruling out those contraindications to being under chiropractic care because of their training and expertise in the field of practice. Most indicators that the Chiropractor should not adjust are presented during the initial conversation or consultation. This, along with the actual safety of the chiropractic adjustment, creates an opportunity for you to consult with a chiropractor to learn how chiropractic adjustments can benefit you.
Chiropractors are trained to examine spines, called vertebral subluxation, for specific deviations from normal function. Vertebral subluxation occurs when a dysfunctional structure within the spine and neurological interference affects the body’s inherent recuperative power for coordination.
So, when should you avoid visiting a chiropractor?
Some types of Chiropractic Adjustments should be avoided due to physical and intangible contraindications.
Let’s start with the physical contraindications of not receiving chiropractic adjustments. if you have any of the following medical conditions avoid chiropractic care:
- Severe osteoporosis, spinal cancer, or spinal abnormalities
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in an arm(s) or leg (s)
- A higher risk of stroke or a history of stroke
These physical contraindications should be discussed with your Chiropractor during your first visit, and a specific plan for modifying the care to meet your needs can be created.
Let’s talk about the intangible contraindications to receiving chiropractic adjustments.
Professionally, I believe that chiropractic adjustments should be delivered with consumer-chiropractor autonomy. This means that you, the consumer, should be informed about the services provided at your local Chiropractic Center and why they are provided—the expected outcomes.
For example, suppose you choose Chiropractic for symptom relief, and your Chiropractor consistently recommends a lifestyle change to facilitate the correction of vertebral subluxation. In that case, you may discover that the intangible contraindications in outcomes can produce negative results for both parties.
The consumer is attempting to envision an outcome best managed by a different health care provider. In this case, the symptom could be related to a medical condition that falls outside the Chiropractor’s scope of practice.
Medicine may be the most effective approach in this case scenario to alleviate the symptom, and expecting results at your Chiropractor’s practice may be far-reaching if the deviation from normal health exceeds the limitations of healing without an outside-in approach to assist.
In other words, you may require medical assistance. Of course, it is the Chiropractor’s responsibility and duty to refer you if you need additional help for your well-being. Still, the point of this example is to align the outcome measures with the consumer and the Chiropractor so that they can move forward in the same direction.
When deciding whether or not to see your Chiropractor, you should consider both tangible and intangible contraindications. For example, consider that two people are involved in the visit. Ideally, both parties should fully disclose the consumer’s current state of condition and the goal of the chiropractic adjustment so that the plan can produce the outcomes that both the Consumer and the Chiropractor agree on.
Regular chiropractic care can be an excellent way to develop a consistent game plan for when to return to the Chiropractor after the initial visit has completed all requirements to confirm that care moving forward is safe and effective based on the Chiropractor’s objectives.