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You may have heard that the chiropractor can be a lifesaver during pregnancy, or if you suffer from chronic headaches, or because your low back always hurts. But before you schedule an appointment with the first DC you find online, here are three things to know.

hey Treat More than Your Back and Neck

A chiropractor specializes in care of the spine and joints, and chiropractor care should be considered a complement to traditional medicine. But while chiropractors are known for their treatment of the back and neck, that’s not all they treat. If you’re struggling with pain in other places, including your head and jaw, your feet, or the knees and ankles, a visit to the chiropractor may be the right move. That’s because chiropractors are trained to treat the entire musculoskeletal system. They know how to ease sympathetic pain in addition to the problem at its root.

They Don’t Write Prescriptions

You won’t get a prescription for painkillers at the chiropractor. Instead of medications intended to alleviate symptoms, the chiropractor will address the cause of those symptoms. This may include recommendations about lifestyle changes – everything from nutrition to posture to sleep habits – that empower people to become active participants in their own health.

Chiropractic therapies may include:

  • Soft-tissue therapy to bring relief to tight muscles and spasms and release fascia tension
  • Adjustments to realign joints and increase range of motion
  • Exercises and stretches
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Kinesio taping to support sprained joints and muscles

They Can Care for the Whole Family

Chiropractic treatment varies from one patient to the next, because it’s based on individual conditions. That’s also why chiropractors can treat patients of all ages, from babies and children to adults. Every patient is carefully screened before treatments begin, and Dr. Lynelle McSweeney here in Reno always discusses her recommendations first.

If you’re wondering whether the chiropractor can help with typical aches and pains, you’re in luck. The goal in chiropractic is to improve and restore your health over the long term while addressing pain and discomfort now. Learn more about what you can expect at your first visit with Dr. McSweeney and schedule an appointment today.