Benifits of Chiropractic Care
May 27, 2012 Chiropractic Care
There are many benefits that have been linked to chiropractic care. The most obvious are pain relief from acute or repetitive injuries, usually manifesting as pain in the back or as headaches, but the list does not end there.
Chiropractic care seeks to treat the cause of a problem and not just the symptoms. The benefit of this is that you really get to the root of the problem. By treating the condition that causes the symptoms instead of the symptoms themselves, chiropractors can eliminate all the symptoms that the condition produces. The benefits of such an approach are extensive. It would be best to begin an understanding of the results of chiropractic care with a basic exploration of the common problems that cause patients to seek out chiropractic care and how these problems may benefit from such care.
The topic of pain relief covers many areas of the body. It may begin with headaches and extend to a discussion of back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. Every case is unique so only a cursory explanation can be given, but this will help you to understand the general concept and principles at work.
Back pain, for instance, is more complicated than whether you have it or not. It may be located in different parts of the back. The pain may also be a dull feeling of discomfort or a sharp pain. You must also take into consideration if the pain is a constant presence or if it only appears when certain positions are assumed.
The severity of the pain is another factor. It may be a mild feeling of discomfort, or it may be agony. The pain may exist independently or it may coexist with numbness or tingling sensations.
Pain without tingling or numbness may be caused by spinal joint inflammation, muscle tears, poor posture, or improper lumbar curve. This is not an exhaustive list, but it allows you to see how what may seem to be a simple problem could be caused by a number of different conditions. Excess weight, especially around the midsection, can contribute to postural problems and may cause or worsen back pain.
Pain with tingling may be caused by disc bulges, disc degeneration, or herniated discs. These are only a few possible causes. Numbness or a tingling sensation is not natural in the body especially if said numbness is prolonged.
The treatment of back pain may include adjustments that seek to stretch the muscles and increase the range of motion of joints. These actions can diminish pain and any tension in the muscles while increasing a patient’s mobility. The patient may also require additional therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles, but chiropractic care alone can often reduce the patient’s suffering and increase mobility.
Headaches are often thought of as a problem requiring some over the counter medication and then continuing with your day. They may, however, be caused by poor spinal alignment and can often be improved with the help of chiropractic acre. They, too, can have a myriad of causes and can range from mild headaches to migraines.
The use of chiropractic care to ameliorate symptoms is often effective for patients who suffer from headaches. In some cases, muscles at the base of the neck clench and tighten which can create tension in the neck and may be a contributing factor to headaches. Chiropractic care can intervene and often provide relief from the pain and tension associated with headaches.
Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, acute trauma, or degeneration. The lack of proper posture in the work place is an increasingly seen cause of neck problems and pain problems in general. Computer screens especially cause people to put their heads into awkward positions. A computer screen that is not properly placed forces an individual to tilt their head at an awkward angle and often forces them to do so for a prolonged period of time on a daily basis. Over time, this poor positioning is bound to create problems. The weight of the head is significant and can easily strain the muscles of the neck if the weight is not distributed equally as it is when an individual’s posture is correct.
Chiropractic care can help to relieve pain and restore lost range of motion in the neck, allowing the patient to return to a natural position where the head is resting upon the neck and not leaning forward placing further undue strain on the neck. To maintain these results, the faulty ergonomics of the workplace will have to be fixed.
Shoulder pain is another injury centered on a joint that may very well benefit from chiropractic intervention. These injuries are made all the more important by the fact that people use their arms constantly in daily life. Shoulder pain may be cause by tendonitis, muscle tears, ligament tears, and any other of a number of conditions.
Injuries to the shoulder tend to be caused by a clearly identifiable traumatic experience although this is not always the case. Some shoulder injuries occur without a clear precipitating event.
Chiropractic treatments for shoulder injuries can prove helpful and are often used in conjunction with other healing modalities such as massage therapy. The joint and muscles must also undergo rehabilitation as the limited use experienced after the injury will necessitate it. To work towards healing the injury and then to return as much of the former joint mobility and strength as possible will probably require a combination of differing treatment modalities.
IMPROVED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Chiropractic care is also able to help your immune system function better. This is not surprising considering that the practice of chiropractic care assists the entire body to function better both as isolated parts and as a more cohesive whole. A body that is balanced is better equipped to defend itself against the immune system threats that many people face on a daily basis, and chiropractic treatment works toward that end.
A healthy immune system is said to be able to easily take care of the majority of the threats that it encounters on a daily basis. You have surely heard how proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and low stress levels help your body to stay healthy. Keeping your body balanced requires more than monitoring these outer influences. Your inner workings, including your spinal positioning, also have an effect.
A poorly positioned spinal column can interfere with the signals being sent from the brain to other parts of the body. It can even put pressure on nerves endings which, aside from causing pain, can inhibit the ability of your immune system to fight off invaders. The nervous system has dominion over all the systems of the body including the immune system. Proper spinal alignment allows for the proper functioning of everything else in the body, including the immune system.
Spinal misalignment can not only cause problems, but it can leave you more vulnerable to outside threats such as viruses. The proper alignment of the spine can restore order to the body, allow for an immune system that functions properly, and can help your body to repel invaders that it is naturally able to repel.
The systems of the body are not independent of each other. Poor functioning in one system affects all the other systems. It is one large integrated whole.
More than affecting one system, issues with the spine affect the communication that keeps the body running as it should. Slow or absent signals leave the body vulnerable and unable to defend itself from outside influences just as those affected signals can slow or prevent the body from healing already existing injuries.
You cannot have spinal misalignments and expect your immune system to be functioning properly. When your spinal positioning is impaired then your immune system follows.
Chiropractic care seeks to rectify these spinal misalignments and thereby restores the immune system to its natural state of functioning. As problems are corrected, the immune system becomes better able to take care of the body. The effects of chiropractic care are far reaching and even play a large part in the cold and flu season.
The other possible benefits of chiropractic care are endless. You are not just treating one isolated part of the body when you improve the alignment of the spine. You are allowing the entire system to function more efficiently.
This is another example of the system’s integrated nature. When you correct alignment of nerve signals to one part of the body, you do not just work to ameliorate whatever condition brought that patient in for treatment in the first place. You also allow for clearer, faster signals to reach that entire region of the body.
The ability to treat isolated, discernable health conditions is a straightforward benefit of chiropractic treatment, but its effects also include a less describable improvement of the functioning of all bodily systems. Not all systems deteriorate to the point where the need for improvement is obvious. Some systems have a less discernible downward slide that may not even be noticed until their full potential is once again restored and realized.
Many benefits of chiropractic care have been observed both by science and by anecdotal evidence from patients themselves. It is true that one must take into account the possibility of a placebo effect wherein patients simply convince themselves that they are experiencing an improvement in their symptoms regardless of the efficacy of a treatment protocol, but the consistent nature of positive feedback and the research that has supported these claims is difficult to ignore. The benefits of chiropractic care for patients are very real.
You may view the ability to treat back problems, neck problems, and problems with the spine without having to resort to surgery as a major benefit of chiropractic services. Chiropractic care may not allow patients to avoid surgery in all cases, but it has allowed many to forego this invasive maneuver.
The word invasive is not used in this case to mean that it is entirely detrimental. Rather, surgery can do a lot of good when necessary. It is only meant that surgery by its very nature is an invasive procedure. This description separates it from chiropractic care which is non-invasive and only seeks to rearrange what is already present in the body. It works with the body in its natural form as opposed to forcibly entering the body to make alterations.
It has also been noted that the lungs may be freed up and breathing may be improved through the utilization of chiropractic services. This is easily understood as chiropractic adjustments may restore the body to its correct posture which maximizes the space available for lungs to expand during each breath. A person who is hunched over may be physically restricting breathing through posture so a reversal of this postural abnormality would restore breathing capacity. Because respiratory functioning is such an important part of the overall functioning of the body, this restoration of breathing capacity is no small accomplishment.
It has been noted that chiropractic care has managed to improve conditions such as the common cold, allergies, and asthma in some patients. After gaining a working knowledge of how the body works and how chiropractic care improves the state of the body as a complete entity, this is not surprising. This ability to improve numerous health afflictions is in addition to the way that this treatment has been known to aid of the nervous system in its functioning as well as assisting the functioning of the heart and the coronary arteries. The effects of chiropractic care seem to go well into every system of the body in practice as well as in theory.
Some patients also experience a better feeling of overall health. This may included lessened anxiety, depression, and tension. By allowing some patients to relax and improve their mood state, the effects of chiropractic treatment extend further into the promotion of an overall sense of well being. Aside from the feeling of relief that surely accompanies a reduction in pain and physical problems, these results can often be found when chiropractic care is used solely as a preventative measure.
Finally, chiropractic care has been known to increase a patient’s energy level and, of course, improve the patient’s ability to heal. With all the benefits that chiropractic care can provide, it is no wonder that this alternative method of healing continues to grow in popularity.