9 Surprising Benefits of Chiropractic Care
If you think that chiropractic care is only used for neck or back pain, it might be time to think again! There are many health benefits of chiropractic care. While some people make the occasional visit to their chiropractor’s office to relieve neck or back pain, they end up making this a regular visit because of the many great benefits. Below are just some of the surprising benefits of chiropractic care:
1. Increased Energy
Chiropractic care can help to increase energy levels in a few different ways. As an example, have you noticed that when experiencing pain or discomfort, you may feel extra run down and tired? Chiropractic adjustments are known to reduce pain and remove added pressure from the body. This results in having more energy to put towards the activities that you enjoy, and less energy being drained by aches and pains.
2. Assist in a Healthier Pregnancy & Reducing Pregnancy Pain
During pregnancy, increased water weight, the additional weight from the baby, and hormonal changes all contribute to pregnancy-related pains. These changes exert additional pressure on nearly all of the joints of the body and can lead to muscular and postural changes throughout pregnancy. Safe and gentle adjustments can reduce pregnancy-related pain, discomfort, and create a healthier environment for the mother as well as the child.
3. Alleviate Headaches & Migraines
Chronic headaches can result in abnormal positioning of the head and can become worse from added neck pressure and movement. Chiropractic care focuses on removing obstructions, strains, or added pressure around the neck and head. This treatment can reduce the duration of headaches and migraines, lower the intensity and limit their frequency all together.
4. Improve Sleeping Habits
While chiropractors aren’t typically known as sleep issue experts, Sleep.org mentions that “One-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement”. Some benefits of chiropractic care include alleviating discomfort, improving relaxation and blood flow. This in turn can lead to a better night’s sleep. If pain is keeping you awake at night, whether it’s back pain, neck pain or headaches, a chiropractic adjustment may be just the thing you need to get some shut-eye.
5. Reduce and Relieve Chronic Pain
Chiropractic care uses a variety of non-surgical treatments such as spinal manipulation to address symptoms of chronic pain. Some symptoms may include inflammation & muscle tension. Besides relieving symptoms, chiropractic care works to heal the source of chronic pain and educate patients about how to prevent pain in the future.
6. Aid in Normalizing Blood Pressure
A specific chiropractic adjustment of the C-1 vertebra or Atlas vertebra has been known to help lower blood pressure. A study by WebMD showed that by realigning the Atlas vertebra, the subjects that received the chiropractic adjustment had significantly lowered blood pressure 8 weeks after the adjustment. The study shows that the results were as effective as taking a double dose of blood pressure medication.
By diagnosing and realigning issues within the Atlas, chiropractic care can aid in lowering and normalizing blood pressure.
7. Improve Performance of the Body
Chiropractic care can be especially beneficial for athletes or those who play sports. Sports and performance specific chiropractic care focuses on relieving joint pressure and using soft tissue and typical spinal adjustment techniques to prevent injuries and speed up recovery times.
Chiropractic care and education for athletes and non-athletes alike can help to minimize muscle fatigue and teach clients how to exercise without putting unnecessary pressure on the body. Regular chiropractic care also reduces the number of sports or athletic-related injuries, reduces the severity of injuries and minimizes the rehabilitation period if an injury is sustained.
8. Prevent Injuries & Pain
Did you know that by making regular visits to the chiropractor, it can help to prevent potential injuries and pain? Chiropractic techniques reduce strain and pressure on muscles and joints, can improve flexibility and range of motion, and by treating the source of an issue, the body’s systems are naturally able to work more effectively together. Chiropractic care can be utilized to maintain great overall health and keep your body performing at an optimal level. This also reduces the potential for injuries and future pain to occur.
9. Improve Mood
While many people visit a chiropractor to improve their physical health, regular chiropractic visits can also benefit the mental and emotional health of clients. Mood improvements can be seen for a variety of reasons. Chiropractic adjustments measurably increase blood flow. Adjustments also provide relief and freedom from aches and chronic pain. These are just a few examples, though by keeping the body’s systems working at an optimal level, one of the natural benefits is increased energy and thus, an improved overall mood.
As you can see, the benefits of chiropractic care extend far beyond reducing and relieving neck and back pain. Chiropractic treatment is a safe and natural way to keep the body performing at its best. To learn more about how chiropractic care may benefit you, reach out to Gelband Natural Health by calling 630-505-4040 or use the form on this page to send us a message.
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