Top Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Contrary to the belief of many, a visit to the chiropractor is more than just an intensive massage. Chiropractic care is largely considered to be a highly safe and effective treatment for a range of physical health problems, and in particular a bad back. This is because conventional chiropractic care revolves around the process of spinal manipulation.
To fully understand the benefits of chiropractic care, it is first necessary to understand the function and importance of the spine.
The importance of the spine
The spine is one of the most important parts of our anatomy. The spinal column is comprised of 33 individual bones stacked on top of one another, with small cushions of gel between them for protection. These bones are called vertebrae. They provide the main support for our body, allowing us to stand, bend and twist. The column also helps protect the spinal cord, a long, thin stretch of nervous tissue that is the main component in the central nervous system. It begins at the stem of the brain and extends down to the bottom of the spine.
The main function of the spinal cord is to relay information about what’s happening inside and outside of your body to and from your brain. This is done through neurons that travels along your spinal cord. However, if there is even minimal damage to the spine, such as a slipped vertebra or a compressed vertebral disc, it can affect the transmission of messages along the spinal cord, and cause problems such as pain and limited movement. When people suffer from paralysis, it is usually due to damage to the spinal cord.
What does chiropractic care involve?
Chiropractic care primarily involves manipulating the spine to reduce the effect of subluxations. These are slight misalignments of the vertebrae, which are believed to be behind lower back pain, and a range of other health conditions. There are many different manipulative techniques that may be used by your chosen chiropractor, and these will vary depending on the type of health problems that you are experiencing.
In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors who are committed to helping their patients achieve full-body wellness may also offer dietary and nutritional advice, therapeutic massage and advice on physical therapy exercises that you can perform at home.
Top benefits of chiropractic care
There are a huge range of benefits associated with chiropractic care. In terms of health and wellbeing, chiropractic care has been shown to be a beneficial treatment for:
- Bowel irregularities
- Ear infections
- Persistent headaches
- Chronic pain conditions, such as Lupus and Fibromyalgia
- Lower back pain
- Anxiety / stress
- Fertility problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Menstruation problems
- Obesity and obesity related health conditions, such as diabetes
Some of the other key reasons that patients choose a chiropractor include:
- It is low risk, with the only side effects usually being some soreness or aches at the site of the adjustment
- Chiropractic care can be customized to suit your specific needs, such as for women who are pregnant, or for older people with greater mobility issues. This means everyone of any age and health condition can benefit.
- It can help reduce your stress and as such, improve your mental health
- Chiropractic care can boost your immune system
- It can help you to sleep better
- Chiropractic care is often considered a preventative treatment that can protect you from developing a range of health problems
In addition to the obvious physical benefits, many patients who choose chiropractors to help alleviate their physiological or psychological ailments often do so because it is a practice that is completely natural. Although often used alongside traditional medical treatments (such as anti-inflammatory medications or prescription drugs used to treat diagnosed conditions) a large number of patients find that chiropractic care affords them less reliance on such invasive treatments. In the eyes of many chiropractic patients, this is a huge benefit.
Chiropractors treat the causes of pain, rather than just the symptoms. This means that with every appointment you have, you could be closer to alleviating your condition entirely. Why wait to start your treatment? Here at Valley Spinal Care, our chiropractors have extensive experience in helping patients with a wide range of health conditions. Call our office today at 602-362-7900, and find out why our care could be just the solution that you are looking for.