Chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans every year. When it comes to back pain, many Americans are increasingly turning to chiropractic care as a valid option. In fact, nearly half of all chiropractic patients cite lower back pain as their primary reason for seeking treatment.
That makes perfect sense. Even the American Medical Association, which for decades had been skeptical of any chiropractic treatments, suggested in 2013 that patients with low back pain should consider chiropractic care before contemplating surgery. Research has shown that chiropractic care is less expensive and more effective at stopping back pain than prescription drugs and/or surgery.
In addition to treating back pain, chiropractors often help patients overcome injuries impacting their neck, shoulders, hips, knees, nerves and joints.
Did you know, however, that there are numerous benefits of chiropractic care that most people have never heard of? Here is just a sampling:
Improved Range of Motion
In just a few sessions and with gentle spinal manipulations, most patients experiencing stiffness, soreness and/or pain report improvement after visiting their chiropractor.
Chiropractic treatments often help victims of migraines and cervicogenic headaches, those headaches that are based at the back of the head or neck.
A misaligned spine can impact your nervous system, which controls your body’s cells, organs and tissues. Realigning the spine boosts the immune system, helping the body fend off bacteria and viruses.
Many asthma victims report fewer symptoms after visiting their chiropractor, as a misaligned spine impacts your nervous system’s ability to help your lungs function properly.
The nerves running through your spine also control your stomach’s functions. If your spine is misaligned, your nerves might tell your stomach to produce more acid, which leads to heartburn, acid reflux, etc.
If your joints and muscles are tense, it could be a sign of inflammation. Spinal manipulation can help reduce tension and curb pain, giving you more energy to exercise and complete your daily tasks.
A study performed by the website WebMD found that chiropractic treatments aimed specifically at nerves in the upper neck (known as Atlas adjustments) can help reduce blood pressure.
About one-third of all Emergency Room visits come from falls. As we age, balance can become especially difficult. Chiropractic adjustments are often effective at improving posture and balance.