In most cases, it’s obvious when your body needs attention. When you have a bad fever, you know it’s time to see a doctor. When you have a toothache, it’s time to see the dentist. But it’s not always clear when it’s time to visit the chiropractor’s office, and because of that, people put it off for too long. Knowing the signs that you should seek chiropractic care will help you avoid this.

Chronic Body Pain

This is the most obvious sign it’s time to make a chiropractic appointment because it’s the hardest to ignore. When the musculoskeletal system is out of alignment, it can lead to dull or shooting pains throughout the bones, joints, and muscles. Take note when you notice pain in the following places:

  • Back
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Joints
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Hands

Limited Range of Motion

A common misconception is that you need to be in pain to go to a chiropractor. But signs are often subtler than shooting pain. A decreased range of motion, such as having trouble stretching out your legs fully, turning your head, or bending over, can be indicative of alignment issues as well.

How effectively chiropractic care will work on your mobility issues depends on the condition that is causing them. But chiropractors can offer relief for multiple conditions, such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cerebral palsy

Be sure to discuss chiropractic care with your physician before taking additional steps to help improve your medical condition.


According to the Migraine Research Foundation, as many as 4 million people have migraines daily, with 39 million in the US experiencing them regularly. While any number of things may trigger headaches, a misalignment of the spine is a common source of headache pain. If you’ve noticed that you’ve been getting headaches several times a month, an adjustment may offer relief.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Some lifestyles put people at increased risk of chronic pain. For instance, those who work office jobs or live sedentary lifestyles are often at increased risk for lower back pain. Seeking out our Tulsa chiropractors for lower back pain even when your back doesn’t hurt will help improve your posture and stop back pain before it starts.

Dr. Ryan Marshall, DC


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