According to the World Health Organization, the practice of chiropractic is "a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health." As you can tell from the term "neuromusculoskeletal," chiropractors treat not just the bones, but also the muscles and nervous system.
In fact, almost all chiropractors emphasize the importance of treating the human body in a holistic way. While they might focus on the spine, they recognize that their work has a ripple effect on the entire system.
Are you considering seeing a chiropractor? Read on to learn about seven of the conditions that this modality is particularly effective in treating!
1. A Pain in the Neck (or Back)
If you have never been under a chiropractor's care before, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all they do is crack people's backs and necks -- sometimes with alarmingly loud cracks! After all, that's how they are often portrayed on TV and in movies.
There's a lot more to chiropractic treatment than jerking the patient around to make their joints snap, crackle and pop. Nevertheless, it is true that one of the main reasons to see these professionals is for back and neck pain.
Some 69% of all American adults view chiropractic care as either "somewhat" or "very" effective for neck and back pain.
2. To Get Some ZZZZs
Do you sometimes find it difficult to drift off? Do you struggle to stay asleep once the wee hours roll around? If so, you are definitely not alone -- many people suffer from insomnia and other sleep-related problems. And not being able to get a good night's rest can wreak havoc with many aspects of your life.
For better sleep, check out chiropractic care. Misalignments in the spine can lead to a stress response, which in turn can prevent sleep. An adjustment can also help improve blood flow and decrease pain, both steps that help you snooze better.
3. As an Athletic Supporter
Are you an athlete? Whether you compete in endurance sport or play a game of pickup basketball on the weekends, chiropractic can help improve your performance.
Just ask pro football players, who receive the chiropractic treatment that's provided by all 32 NFL teams. Adjustments both before and after workouts or games can ease pain, prevent injuries, boost muscle strength, and support overall conditioning.
4. Solve Sinus Woes
Anyone who experiences respiratory problems such as sinusitis and seasonal allergies is probably tired of sneezing, sniffling, and feeling stuffed up. They are often exasperated by medicines that make them drowsy. Chiropractic to the rescue!
First-line treatments target the bones and mucous membranes of the sinus cavities. Chiropractors can also use trigger-point therapy and light cranial manipulation to address sinus issues. Overall, this care can help patients breathe better, even when the pollen is at its annual peak.
5. Easing the Problems of Pregnancy
Ah, pregnancy! A magical time in a woman's life, when she may feel that she's finally living her true purpose on earth! That is, until the sciatic nerve problems, swollen ankles, and pelvic pain start to make her miserable.
Pain during pregnancy is often difficult to treat since taking medication during this time is usually contraindicated. Once again, this is where chiropractic treatment comes in handy. (And we mean it literally since the very word comes from the Greek meaning "to treat by hand.")
Not only that, but chiropractic treatments have proven effective at turning breech babies. They may even assist with fertility and getting pregnant in the first place!
6. Inflammation and Autoimmune Issues
If you or anyone you know suffers from an autoimmune condition like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis, you know how painful -- and frustrating -- they can be. However, it's not just these diseases that can be the debilitating results of inflammation. Other inflammatory-response conditions include:
- High blood pressure
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Frequent infections
- Skin issues
- Shortness of breath
- Weight gain
Chiropractic works to lower the production of two cytokines. These proteins, produced by your body's cells, affect its response to infection and disease. They also work to regulate normal, beneficial cellular processes throughout the entire system. When cytokines are produced in excess, however, they can lead to painful or life-altering issues and diagnoses.
7. Serious Stress Relief
It's clear that chiropractic care can be a huge help with a whole range of physical problems, from muscular pain and mobility concerns to sleep and stuffed-up sinuses. But here's the thing: you don't have to suffer from disease or discomfort to reap the benefits of this treatment modality.
Plenty of people who visit the chiropractor do so for one reason: it feels fantastic! It can be an incredibly relaxing treatment in the moment. Additionally, the results last for a long time, especially if you seek regular adjustments.
Any time you have a tension headache, find yourself dragging through the day or are otherwise out of sorts, visit a chiropractor. You might discover they can relieve pain that you didn't even know you had!
Especially these days, with the stress of a pandemic and social unrest colliding to make our days fraught with fear, we need to practice self-care. Chiropractic is an effective and efficient way to do just that.
Excited About Seeing a Chiropractor?
By now, you're probably eager to discover the benefits of seeing a chiropractor. Maybe you want to become a better athlete, feel looser and more mobile in your joints, alleviate back pain, improve your sleep, or just give yourself the gift of relaxation because it's hard to be a human nowadays. Regardless of your reason, chiropractic is going to help you feel better and live a life that is fuller.
Head to our website to take a virtual tour or learn more about the techniques we use. And then give us a call to schedule your chiropractic appointment!