Spinal adjustments are the most common technique associated with chiropractic care. This technique involves your therapist using their hands, forearms, and even elbows to perform controlled movements that are designed to bring the spine back into perfect alignment. It’s non-invasive and drug-free. It’s also most often thought of as only being a treatment for back pain and mobility issues. However, that’s far from the case. There are many other advantages of having regular chiropractic care.
Headaches are extremely common, but if you suffer from them persistently or they are particularly severe, they can quickly become extremely debilitating. The same can be said for migraines. Many people are surprised to learn that a large percentage of tension and migraine headaches are triggered by back and neck pain, and spinal issues. They can also be caused by high or persistent levels of stress.
Chiropractic care is highly effective at reducing the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines.
Perhaps then it should be no surprise that chiropractic care has also been shown to be an outstanding treatment for stress relief. When we are highly stressed, it causes areas of tension in the body that can prevent your central nervous system from operating properly. Chiropractic adjustments can realign the body to eliminate these pockets of tension, reduce muscle tightness and provide an overall sense of relief from the stress that you’ve been harboring.
Improved Immune System
Our immune system is our first line of defense against illness, so it must be working as well as it can. Unfortunately, the immune system can be negatively affected by spinal misalignment since the central nervous system (some of which are located in the spine) controls every function of the body, including the immune system. By making sure that your spine is properly aligned, you can rest assured that your immune system is firing on all cylinders.
Natural Pain Relief
Nobody wants to rely on taking pain medication if they don’t need to, particularly since some varieties have addictive qualities. Nevertheless, whether temporary or chronic, living with pain can be debilitating and depressing. Chiropractic techniques including spinal manipulations have been shown to prompt the release of natural pain-relieving endorphins, as well as natural anti-inflammatories. This can enable patients to counteract discomfort without the need for medication.
Posture refers to how we position our body with our spine when we lay, sit, stand, and move. Many people don’t pay much attention to their posture, but studies have shown that persistently poor posture can have a significant impact on a person’s overall health, including how well they digest their food, whether they have back pain, and more. Your chiropractor can align your spine to make it easier to maintain good posture and provide you with the advice you need to ensure that you are always conscious of the position of your body.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Did you know that there is a specific spinal adjustment, known as the Atlas adjustment, that is particularly known for lowering blood pressure? High blood pressure can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep yours under control. The Atlas technique adjusts the cervical spine (found in the neck) which has been shown to counteract high blood pressure in the same way as many medications, but without the drugs.
Sleep More Peacefully
Many people suffer from sleep disorders, such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Sleep can be affected by many things, including stress, pain, and even your body position. Unfortunately, if you don’t regularly get enough sleep, you are more likely to suffer from mood swings, memory, and other cognitive function issues and greater levels of pain than you would have if you had slept well. Chiropractic adjustments can improve the quality of your sleep by increasing blood flow and optimizing all of your other body systems, reducing your stress levels and helping you find the perfect position to sleep.
Recover More Quickly
There is a reason why chiropractic care is recommended for people who regularly play sports or participate in other physical activities. This is because regular adjustments can improve blood flow, sending more oxygenated blood and nutrients around the body to the areas that require healing, accelerating this process. Whether you’ve had a day-to-day accident or a more significant injury, spinal adjustments may help you to recover more quickly.
Improved Athletic Performance and Reduced Risk
The benefits of chiropractic care for those who participate in athletic activities don’t stop there. Reducing pain and inflammation through regular chiropractic treatments may help athletes to recover, but these sessions can also help strengthen the body and reduce the risk of further injury in the future. Boosting your immune system and maximizing your flexibility through spinal adjustments can even enhance your overall athletic performance.
Reduce Back Pain
This list wouldn’t be complete without us talking about back pain. Back pain can occur at any time and affect people at any age. 80% of Americans will experience back pain during their lifetime. Spinal adjustments can ensure that your spine is in the optimal position and combined with reducing inflammation and boosting your natural pain-relieving chemicals, can help banish back pain for good.
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