Chiropractic care is considered an alternative healing method that has some people on the fence about its effectiveness. Many others rave about its ability to alleviate back pain, sciatic pain, headaches and migraines among other ailments. Chiropractic care encourages and enhances overall body wellness. Check our list of benefits and see if you or someone you know could benefit from chiropractic treatment.
1) Wellness and Prevention
Chiropractic treatments focus the spine and neck vertebrae which protect the spinal cord and brain stem, where the body’s central nervous system is housed. When misaligned the vertebrae can interfere with the nerve transmissions between the body and the central nervous system, which can lead to a number of health problems. Chiropractic manipulations have been proven to help with several ailments including back pain, arthritis, migraines, joint pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, asthma, allergies, and so much more. Many patients with varying ailments have seen improved results after undergoing chiropractic care.
2) Alleviate Allergies and Asthma
Patients with allergies or who have been diagnosed with asthma have reported reduced need for emergency breathing treatments, fewer asthma attacks, and lessening of symptoms overall.
3) Increase Sports Performance
Some chiropractors specialize in sports related injuries and the treatment of the joints and vertebrae that can reduce the recovery time of injuries and even prevent injuries like sprains, strains, and concussions.
4) Reduce Headaches
Pressure in the neck and poor posture habits can cause headaches and migraines. In fact, over 28 million people in the United States report being affected by chronic migraines, which is about 25% of all U.S. households. Receiving chiropractic care can help to alleviate and remove the pressure on the neck that causes a large portion of those headaches and migraines.
5) Stimulates Immune System
The immune system works in coordination with the central nervous system. Obstructions of the body’s pathways can lead to diminished health. When cleared, the body can communicate with the central nervous system and the body’s immune system can respond accordingly.
6) Eliminate Chronic Pain
Chiropractors focus on the realignment of the spin and neck, so they are in proper position, allowing the brain stem to communicate with the rest of the body as it was designed to do. Misaligned discs can cause poor posture, twisted hips or legs to compensate that posture, and blocked nerve pathways between the brain and body. These issues can emanate pain from the lower back to the sciatic nerve. Once corrected, pain will ebb away.
During pregnancy, woman have weight redistributed among their abdomen and pelvic regions. This shift of weight can put pressure on the back and joints, leading to pain and discomfort, especially in the later trimesters when the baby has grown exponentially. Chiropractic treatment for pregnant woman is geared towards the muscles and ligaments around the pelvis to reduce pressure on the uterus. This can not only reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort but can also encourage proper positioning of the baby as labor approaches.
8) Normalizes Blood Pressure
Nearly 30% of Americans suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, and most of those take some form of medication to manage and keep their blood pressure closer to normal range. Studies of individuals undergoing chiropractic care who suffer from and are being medically treated for hypertension have seen a drop in systolic and diastolic readings. The chiropractic treatment was showing as effective as two of the top medications designed for treating hypertension.
9) Reduce Dependency on Medications
As seen with patients of hypertension, chiropractic treatments were as effective as taking medicine regularly. This also holds true for individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Realignment of the back and spine have shown to reduce the amount and frequency of pain, eliminating or reducing the need of painkillers and for some the need for surgery.
10) Aides Behavioral and Learning Problems
For youths and young adults suffering from hyperactive diseases, like ADHD, and learning problems associated with Autism, chiropractic care may be a source of complementary treatment.
If you are looking for a more holistic method of treatment over pharmaceutical care or perhaps you’ve tried everything else and want to give chiropractic care a shot, you can become one of the millions of people who have benefited from the treatment.