What makes chiropractic care so great? If you know, you know. If you don’t know, keep on reading!
It’s common for people to turn to chiropractic to resolve a specific issue — maybe an injury after a car accident or chronic headaches. And while chiropractors can absolutely treat patients for injuries and acute pain, there are also some much bigger and broader benefits that can come from regular chiropractic care.
Here are 10 reasons people who get routine chiropractic care love and swear by it.
Proven to alleviate pain
If the idea of alleviating chronic or injury-related pain is enough motivation to give chiropractic care a try, then consider yourself motivated.
Spinal adjustments, or therapeutic movement of the spine, have been shown to alleviate pain in the neck, upper back, lower back, and extremities.
In fact, one 2020 study showed that chiropractic care helped people suffering from chronic pain stop relying on pain medication.
A natural alternative
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) receive four years of specialized education in a similar way Doctors of Medicine (MD) do. However, in addition to being experts on anatomy, chiropractors learn how to treat injuries naturally, and without the addition of surgery. Chiropractors take an all-natural, holistic approach to healing, in which they train the body to heal itself.
Chiropractic is an all-natural treatment plan. By addressing the spine first and foremost, chiropractors can heal not just immediate ailments, but those that can stem from the musculoskeletal system as a whole.
Reduced stress and anxiety
Chiropractic care not only alleviates tension in the muscles, but can also reduce feelings of stress in the body. The nervous system runs along the spinal cord, and any interruptions along the way could have negative effects on mood. Chiropractic care improves the balance of the nervous system and removes any roadblocks that are intercepting its flow. This helps reduce stress and keep anxiety tame.
Immune system support
Chiropractic gives a boost to the immune system, thanks to the intimate connection between the spinal column, the nervous system, and the immune system.
Your spinal column houses your nervous system, which is in constant communication with your immune system. When a spinal disc or vertebrae is out of alignment, it impacts the spinal nerves, which interrupts the nervous system. This interruption directly impacts the immune system.
Spinal adjustments ensure your spine is aligned and keep immune system interruptions at bay.
Chiropractic care does two things that are crucial to a healthy sleep cycle:
- Improves blood flow in the nervous system
- Corrects any misalignments in the spine
These are both important to helping you get the sleep you need to take on the day. Misalignments compress spinal nerves, causing a lack of communication between the spine and the brain. This leads to a stress response, which causes an imbalance in the body and makes sleep very difficult.
Correcting misalignments allows the body to improve communication. An increase in blood flow benefits both the heart and the body’s arteries and muscles, allowing oxygen-rich blood to flow to the extremities. Combined, these effects allow the body to rest easier and fall asleep faster.
Undergoing chiropractic treatment may potentially help correct poor posture, especially if your poor posture is caused by too much sitting.
A 2017 study examined the effect of chiropractic treatment on a 27-year-old woman suffering from back pain, neck pain, and headaches caused by hyperkyphosis posture. (Hyperkyphosis is commonly known as a hunchback posture.)
After 30 treatments over 6 months, she showed a significant improvement in her posture and pain relief in both her head and neck.
Can strengthen athletic performance
Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve flexibility, joint mobility, range of motion, and endurance. It also reduces pain and tissue restriction.
Regardless of what your active lifestyle consists of, chiropractic keeps your body running at peak performance.
You might not think of the chiropractor as an option for nutritional support, but that’s a major reason why so many love chiropractic. Your chiropractor can make diet recommendations based on your levels of inflammation, as well as what foods could be triggering an inflammatory response.
Likewise, the chiropractor is a great person to have on your team when losing weight. In addition to suggesting nutritional and lifestyle changes, your chiropractor can keep you aligned as your body adjusts to a lower weight.
Plus, chiropractic care can actually help ease digestion. (***link to KCC blog post about how chiropractic helps with digestion)
A safe option for pregnancy pain
Many women experience chronic back pain throughout pregnancy due to the changing weight distribution on the pelvis and joints. Pain, as well as the muscle spasms that may accompany it, can increase the likelihood of a more difficult labor and delivery.
Chiropractic is a safe, all-natural treatment that can relieve pressure on the uterus during pregnancy by balancing the pelvis, muscles, and ligaments. Chiropractic can also help reduce the overwhelming stress most pregnant women are experiencing.
Providers who care
Chiropractic care is a hands-on (literally!) practice. It requires years of education and training, and chiropractors truly take their patients’ healing into their own hands. It’s hard to become a chiropractor and not care deeply!
At Keith Clinic Estramonte Chiropractic, we strive to create relationships with every single patient, and provide individualized treatment plans to keep them as healthy as possible.
When you’re ready to give chiropractic care a try, it would be an honor to serve you. If you’re in the Charlotte area, click here to schedule an appointment at your local Keith Clinic Estramonte Chiropractic office.