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Do I Need to See a Chiropractor?

I’m often asked this question, “How do I know if I need to see a chiropractor?”

Recognize that eight out of ten Canadians will experience significant pain somewhere in their muscles, bones or joints in their lifetime, particularly low back pain.

Here are some ways to know that there’s a problem with the spine before you actually get to the point of experiencing symptoms:

Man with back pain

It’s time to see the chiropractor!

Head tilt: See if your kids or others in your life stand with their head tilted to one side.

Shoulder height: Notice if one shoulder is higher or lower than the other, or if one shoulder blade sticks out more obviously than the other.

Hip balance: Observe if one hip is higher or lower than the other.

Shoes: Notice if there’s uneven shoe wear when you compare both shoes.

Mobility: Are you having more difficulty getting up out of a chair or out of a car? This usually indicates a spinal or nervous system problem.

Stiffness: Are you waking up with stiffness in the neck or back as you get out of bed in the morning?

Numbness: When you begin to experience leg pain, numbness or weakness, it’s definitely time to consult with a chiropractor.

Pain: If you’re experiencing pain anywhere in the back or neck, thigh, hip, knee, foot or shoulder, we can help. It’s time to see a chiropractor.

Unrelenting pain: When pain lasts for more than 48 hours, or prevents you from sleeping, or increases when you cough or sneeze, you need to make an appointment to see us as soon as possible to minimize the creation of a chronic condition.

It’s always wise to see a chiropractor before the onset of symptoms, to optimize the health of the nervous system and to maximize function. If you’re already to the point where you’re experiencing symptoms on a regular basis, it’s not too late: we can help turn things around!

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