8 Surprising Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractor adjusting woman's spine

The spinal column is a string of pearls that oftentimes gets knotted, tangled or even crushed. When this delicate cord cannot bend and twist with maximum capabilities, you’ll find that your range of motion is reduced, pain radiates from odd places, and maybe a host of symptoms are being felt. If the spine, which plays a prominent role in nervous system health, isn’t healthy, you won’t feel well. Chiropractic care offers a host of advantages that can improve and maintain the wellness of your spine.

Chiropractic care works against a plethora of health issues and diseases by correcting subluxations or misalignments in the spine. One might be incredulous about how having their neck cracked and spine massaged could truly aid in relieving a host of problems. However, there is much scientific evidence about the effectiveness of chiropractic care. The following is a list of eight benefits one can experience with chiropractic therapy.

Stress Reduction
Ever feel like a bundle of nerves during times of extreme duress? When the nervous system is unbalanced and the spine is not properly place, you might be unknowingly increasing the amount of stress on you mind and body. “Through the deep tissue massage and gentle manipulation of the neck and spine, a chiropractor helps guide tension away from the body,” according to The Joint Chiropractic. Since chronic stress irritates the nerves, receiving a chiropractic adjustment can lessen that tension and improve blood circulation, which would have been affected by the “fight or flight” state.

Improved Mood
Even after a single visit to the chiropractic, you will find that even the quality of sleep will improve, because your body is less stressed and can relax at night. Since you will feel better, have less pain overall, and be able to move more functionally, you will find that you’re smiling much more often!

For the same reason as above, chiropractic care can significantly reduce the onset of headaches and migraines. Research reveals that treating the neck via spinal manipulation also aids in calming headaches. In 2011 and 2014, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) reported that treatments found in chiropractic intervention relieved migraine and cervicogenic headaches. In fact, over 200 peer-reviewed studies have been published confirming the salubrious effects of chiropractic care on headaches.

Neck and Back Pain
Unsurprisingly, those with spinal complications seek out chiropractors for treatment. However, what is shocking is just how effective such care can be. In a study conducted by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 272 participants were divided into 3 groups—spinal manipulation therapy, pain medications, and exercise recommendations. Those who received care from a doctor of chiropractic over a course of 12 weeks reported a 75 percent pain reduction. Meanwhile, those on medication found little relief. The physiological benefits of chiropractic care were clearly evidenced.

Much like exercise, chiropractic treatment gently restores motion and flexibility. There’s no need to rely on medication, and because the body essentially fixes itself, the results are long lasting.

Joint Health
Chiropractors do more than crack backs. Much of the treatments they learn involve restoring mobility to joints in patients of all ages. These therapeutic manipulations may be accomplished with instruments or by hand, depending on the severity of the issue. A chiropractor might utilize ultrasound therapy, trigger-point therapy, cold lasers and therapeutic stretches to restore range of motion.

Neurological Conditions
New research has revealed something shocking—that multiple sclerosis can be treated with chiropractic therapies. In 2015, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) published an article stating that MS symptoms were significantly lessened with chiropractic care. MRI scans have repeatedly shown that cerebral spinal fluid and circulation improve, thus relieving and even reversing symptoms of various neurological conditions.

When paired with physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises, chiropractic adjustments offer a non-surgical means for scoliosis correction. Chiropractors are credited with creating treatment models—like the CLEAR treatment, for example—that don’t have to reply on bracing or metal rods to return the spine to a healthy shape. This is a boon for people of any age afflicted with scoliosis.

Athletic Performance
When famous athletes like Michael Phelps, Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Spieth rely on chiropractors to restore their bodies to peak physical conditioning, you know such therapies are effective! Chiropractic is a drug-free, holistic way to aid in muscle recovery, reduce inflammation, decrease oxidative stress and erase post-exercise soreness.

From children to seniors, anyone who receives an adjustment can feel immediate relief. Chiropractic care allows your body to help itself by opening up closed doors. Regular care can improve your immune system, readjust your posture, minimize pain, and make you perform better. If you want to live a longer, active lifestyle, consider receiving chiropractic care.