Chiropractic has been increasing in popularity over the last few years as the medical community is recognizing its value for treating many conditions as well as improving overall health and wellness. There was a time when chiropractic was used to treat back pain, but studies are showing that it can be used to effectively treat a wide variety of health issues. This is due, at least in part, to chiropractic’s whole body approach to health care. It is much, much more than just spinal adjustments.
Better Neck and Back Health
This is the most obvious and prevalent benefit of chiropractic care – what most people think of when they think about chiropractic care - but its merit goes deeper than may first meet the eye. The traditional spinal adjustment is very beneficial for treating pain and improving mobility.
When the spine is aligned the neck and back are healthier which leads to a decrease in tension, better posture, reduced pain, and the central nervous system functions far more efficiently. When the central nervous system is working the way it should, overall health is improved and the body as a whole functions better.
Stronger Immune System
Regular chiropractic care have been linked to a stronger immune system. When the spine is in proper alignment, the central nervous system is able to function much more efficiently and effectively. This means that the body is better able to receive messages from the brain.
When the spine is out of alignment, the messages that that are sent and received by the central nervous system can’t complete their path like they should, leaving the organs and other parts of the body not operating as it should. This translates to a better functioning immune system, which means that you may find that you are sick as lot less often.
More Effective Pain Management
Another benefit of a properly functioning central nervous system is better pain management. Chiropractic is an effective method of care for migraines, injuries, fibromyalgia, and pain caused by other conditions.
When the spine is out of alignment it can affect various nerves and conditions like sciatica may occur. Bringing the spine into alignment can relieve the compression of nerves, alleviating pain.
Chiropractic is regularly used in the occurrence of sports related injuries for pro athletes to weekend warriors – and everyone in between. Even more, there are many studies that show chiropractic is an effective form of pain management.
Improved Activity Level
A lesser known or recognized benefit of chiropractic that improves your overall health is its ability to improve your activity level. Pain management definitely plays a part in this, but regular adjustments also help improve mobility and flexibility. This, in turn, helps to reduce your risk of injury, allowing you to be more active.
When you are more mobile you are better able to stay active which means it is easier to get the exercise that you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is particularly important for older people. As we age, we tend to lose our mobility and flexibility. By starting chiropractic care early, it helps stave off some of those effects of aging. However, even elderly patients have noticed a marked improvement in just a few treatments.
Chiropractic care is a very good way to give your overall health and wellness a great boost. When you make it a part of your regular routine, you are much more likely to enjoy fewer sick days, less pain, the ability to be more active, and a healthier neck and spine. The whole body approach means you will be exposed to not only spinal adjustments, but also recommendations on diet, supplements, exercise, and lifestyle changes that can definitely change your life.
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Dr. Yasellyn Diaz-Vega