Chiropractic care is becoming increasingly popular among patients because of its drug-free, non-invasive approach to healing. Chiropractors pride themselves on taking a holistic view of treatment and offering their patients options that focus on overall health and wellness, rather than simply reacting to symtoms. Although chiropractic treatment is often associated with back and neck problems, the truth is that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what chiropractic care can do for your health.
Many people don’t realize how many problems throughout the body are directly related to spinal health. Because our nerves transmit signals from the brain to every other part of the body, when these signals are disrupted due to a subluxation in the spine the effects can go far beyond back pain. These subluxations, or misalignments of the vertebrae, can affect everything from your blood pressure to your digestive system. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of chiropractic care, some of them you may have heard of before and some may surprise you. In the end, our goal is always to give you information that will help you to lead the healthiest life possible.
Back and Neck Pain
It’s estimated that up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain during their lifetime. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans miss work. Chiropractic treatment has proven to be incredibly effective at treating back and neck pain, providing both short-term relief and long-term healing of chronic back and neck pain without without the use of medications or surgery.
Headaches are a frequent complaint of many people seeking chiropractic care. Although some patients have mild symptoms, others suffer from more chronic conditions (such as migraines) which can severely affect their quality of life. Through gentle spinal manipulations and nutritional advice, chiropractors have been able to alleviate the pain of headaches without the use of medicaitons.
Chiropractors are trained to treat even the smallest patients and many children benefit from a huge improvement in their health and well-being after chiropractic adjustments. Research has shown that chiropractic care can help reduce or elimanate symtoms of colic, acid reflux, and even ear infections. Chiropractic treatment has even been shown to reduce episodes of bed wetting.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is damaged or pinched, sending a radiating pain from the lower back down the legs. This can be extremely painful and even disabling, causing a loss in quality of life and forcing many to resort to daily pain medication. Through gentle, non-invasive, adjustments, a chiropractor is able to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and bring much needed relief to those who suffer.
The Human Journal of Hypertension published a study in 2007 which showed that one chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as taking some blood pressure medications. Because many prescriptions for high blood pressure have a long list of dangerous side-effects, many patients are now turning to chiropractic care for a safer method of treating their blood pressure problems.
Scoliosis is a condition which causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. This condition can lead to pain, poor posture, and reduced range of motion in patients. Chiropractic adjustments, combined with physical therapy, have been shown to reduce pain and prevent the progression of this disease. Many patients even find that with continued chiropractic care, there is actually a very noticible reduction in the curvature of their spine.
Digestive health problems can range from mild stomach upset and constipation to more severe conditions like Chron’s Disease and Irritible Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is estimated that between 60 to 70 million Americans suffer from some sort of digestive health problems during their lives. Because the nerves that send signals from the brain to the digestive system run through the spine, misalignents of the vertebrae can disrupt these signals and cause the system to stop working properly. Chiropractic adjustments realign these vertebrae and bring relief to many patients suffering from poor digestive health.
Chiropractic care has been shown to regulate and restore balance to hormone levels in the body, effectively treating conditions such as premenstrual syndrome and hormone imbalances. These imbalances can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain/loss, muscle aches, and depression. Many patients find relief of these symptoms without the use of medicaitons through chiropractic treatment.
Many professional athletes benefit from regular chiropractic treatment. Athletes put a tremendous amount of strain on their bodies, causing pain and the loss of ability to perfom at top level. Chiropractic treatment has proven very effective in treating pain and tension caused by injury and overuse. It also reduces inflammation and improves range of motion, allowing athletes to not only feel better, but play better as well.
Anyone who has suffered from Vertigo knows that it can make getting through daily tasks nearly impossible. Symptoms of Vertigo include the feeling of being dizzy, disoriented, or nauseous. Although there are many causes of Vertigo, it is not uncommon after a head or neck injury. Through gentle spinal manipulations, chiropractors are able to realign the vertebrea and reduce or eliminate these symptoms.
Your body was designed to work well and have balance between all of its systems. When you don’t feel well or have aches and pains, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and those symptoms shouldn’t be ignored. With chiropractic care, you can help your body to restore balance and function in the way it was meant to function. Chiropractic care allows your body to heal without the use of dangerous medication or invasive procedures. Your chiropractor will use gentle manipulations to correct misalignments in your spine while also focusing on nutrition and excersize to help you reach your health goals.
In the end, our goal with this article is to provide you with as much information as possible so that you can live your best life. Don’t spend another day in pain – get started on the path to health and wellness today. If you are suffering from any of the problems mentioned in this article, or even symptoms not covered here, set up an appointment with a Delaware Integrative Healthcare to see how we can help.