Most people associate chiropractors with neck and back cracking, but the truth is there’s so much more to chiropractic care than that. Chiropractic care has many benefits and is known to improve quality of life in many ways. In this post, we’ll list ten amazing benefits of seeing a chiropractor and by the end of this post, you’ll be ready to book an appointment.
When Should I See a Chiropractor?
You can see a chiropractor any time–you don’t even need to be in pain to visit one. Because the benefits of chiropractic care go beyond pain relief and management, anyone can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. With that being said, you should definitely seek out a chiropractor if you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, headaches, sports injuries, or any joint or muscle pain. We also recommend regular chiropractic appointments to promote the natural healing process of the body which can aid in the recovery of a myriad of different symptoms and ailments that you had no idea could be improved with chiropractic care!
Learn more: Why Should You See A Chiropractor Weekly?
The Top 10 Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor
Chiropractic care can expand your quality of life in many different ways. We’ve picked the top ten benefits of chiropractic care to share in this post, but know that there are countless other advantages to regular chiropractic adjustments.
1. Eases Neck and Back Pain
Chiropractic care can ease neck and back pain originating from a variety of causes, from poor posture, injury, disc degeneration,, disease, and so forth. Looking down at your phone or at a computer screen for hours on end can irritate the nerves in the neck and cause stiffness and pain.. Athletes can receive back injuries that cause pain and discomfort sometimes YEARS AFTER the fact. Our spines can fall out of alignment in many different ways and cause pain ranging from minor to acute. Chiropractic care, however, can create movement in your spine and relieve pain in both your neck and back.
2. Reduces Headaches
Long-time sufferers of migraines know just how debilitating they can be. While people with migraines commonly depend on pain relievers to take the edge off, it rarely fixes the problem. Many people rely on chiropractic care to help prevent migraines from the start, and get to the root of them when they occur. It’s been documented that cervicogenic headaches affect up to 80% of our population. These are headaches that originate because of a biomechanical issue in the neck. There is no provider better suited to improve movement in, and reduce tension in the cervical spine other than a chiropractor.
3. Helps Improve Posture
Poor posture can cause trauma and injury to the spine over time which turns into chronic pain. Furthermore, this poor posture can lead to stretching of the spinal cord and it’s associated nerves, causing countless symptoms.Chiropractors help improve posture with specific adjustments, stretches, exercises, and neurological training to help engage the part of the brain that controls all of your postural muscles. Regular adjustments help train your body to improve your posture both consciously AND subconsciously.
4. Improves Immune Function
Chiropractic care can actually improve the efficacy of your immune system. The nervous system, located in the spinal cord, is the most important system in your body; when your spinal cord becomes stressed or compressed, your body cannot reliably communicate with itself. If your nervous system is not functioning properly, your body cannot adequately fight illness and infection. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can improve nervous system function and increase antibody levels, meaning that your body is not only more capable of recovering from sickness but also that you are less likely to become sick at all.
5. Helps Alleviate Osteoarthritis Symptoms
For sufferers of osteoarthritis, chiropractic can relieve your symptoms, and even help prevent further arthritic decay! Many studies have shown a superb effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments and improved mobility. This increase in proper spinal motion will not only keep you looser, but also help reduce scar tissue build and joint inflammation as a result. We’ve all heard the saying “movement is life”; and chiropractic adjustments are one of the safest ways to restore normal movement patterns, which helps stave off the detrimental effects of even mild osteoarthritis 6. Reduces Dependence on Over The Counter Pain Relievers
Sufferers of chronic pain often resort to Advil, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen to relieve pain simply because they’ve found no other solution. Chiropractic adjustments are clinically proven to relieve pain better than most over-the-counters, without any of the long term side effects of pain medication use. This has to do with the inverse relation between pain and movement. The better your spine moves, the better your brain will monitor and control pain signals. Furthermore, many chiropractic patients report longer term resolution of their chronic neck and back pain, rather than a temporary relief.
7. Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion
As we age and become less active, we begin to lose flexibility and experience a decreased range of motion. Poor flexibility is caused by stiffness and deconditioning the muscles around our joints. Chiropractic care helps stretch the muscle spindles, improving how your muscles contract and relax. This can increase muscle responsiveness to actions as simple as navigating stairs or as complex as a high intensity workout. Didn’t we mention movement is life?!
8. Reduces Scoliosis Symptoms
Scoliosis is the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that causes multiple negative health effects. Scoliosis is usually noticed in prepubescent and pubescent children when growth spurts make the curvature more noticeable. There have been numerous case studies concluding chiropractic care can improve spinal alignment in scoliosis patients, particularly children. Regardless of the age, we don’t recommend the “wait and see” approach like traditional medicine often does. With very few successful orthopedic treatments options we urge a longer, more consistent term of care be initiated to improve overall spinal health. Chiropractic care can help slow the curvature caused by scoliosis and reduce negative symptoms, such as breathing difficulty. Chiropractors can also teach exercises to patients with scoliosis to
9. Improves Digestion
In addition to the mechanical importance of your spine and its ability to improve the flow through the digestive system, what is more important is your gut’s correlation with your brain health. Chiropractic enhances nervous system function, and your nervous system is connected to all parts of your body–including your digestive system. A poor neurological connection between your brain and your digestive system, (caused by bad spinal posture and faulty movement), can cause the disruption of nerve signals to your bowels, impacting the digestion, absorption, and delivery of nutrients.
10. Promotes Healthy Pregnancies
During pregnancy, women’s bodies undergo drastic changes physically, mentally, and chemically. Of course this causes a great deal of stress to mom’s physical, chemical, and emotional wellbeing during one of the most important times of their life. With the connection between the nerve system, immune system, and endocrine system highly established, chiropractic care can positively impact all three of them during one of the most critical times of an infant’s development. Furthermore, multiple studies have shown a significant improvement in lower back pain, and remarkable reduction in labor time for those moms that received chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Learn more: Pregnancy & Women’s Health
Ready for An Adjustment?
The benefits of chiropractic care don’t stop here, but these top ten reasons are strong enough evidence of the benefits chiropractic care can provide. If you’re ready to unlock next-level wellness through chiropractic care, make an appointment with us. Ability Chiropractic has been serving the Columbus area for years and we are ready to help you find both relief and wellness. Contact us today!