Chiropractic therapy is a form of alternative medicine that involves manipulation of the spine and joints. Most chiropractors believe that subluxation (or, dislocation) of certain joints in our spine and neck contribute to the vast majority of our general health issues.
When we think of chiropractors, we often associate them with painful and fearful bone and joint cracking. But, contrary to popular belief, getting an adjustment doesn’t hurt. Nor does it actually “crack” any bones.
The truth is, there’s nothing to fear about this type of medicine at all. In fact, spinal adjustments have proven to be extremely helpful to most patients. There are still a number of people who are terrified of the thought of seeing a chiropractor, though. To put some of our reader’s minds at ease, Valley asked the professionals.
We spoke with Dr. Joel Casteel, owner of Casteel Chiropractic here in State College, and gained a ton of insight on this popular medicine.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic” says Dr. Casteel. “My youngest patient was two days old, and my oldest was 99. There’s a wide range of people who can benefit from chiropractic care.”
With respect to college students, Dr. Casteel says that chiropractic can be really beneficial for stress.
“If you have a lot of pressure on the nervous system, it can lead to higher stress. Spinal adjustments have proven to be very helpful in patients who are stressed,” he says.
If you’re not one for traditional medication, Dr. Casteel recommends taking a visit to your local chiropractor.
“Medication has it’s place in healthcare, absolutely. But, for generalized healthcare, chiropractic looks more towards the cause of the problem,” he says. “In the end, the only thing that heals your body is your body. Whether you take medication, or get an adjustment, your body still has to do the actual healing.”
If you’re interested in learning more about chiropractic care, or want to make an appointment, check out Dr. Casteel’s website. Happy cracking, Happy Valley!