Why would someone need a chiropractor?
While the first step to living a healthy and active lifestyle is a healthy spine, routine chiropractic adjustments aren’t just for the spine. Ailments like migraines, to bursitis of the big toe, and everything in between can be treated effectively and safely with chiropractic care.
Chiropractors possess broad skills and are trained to recommend the best therapeutic and rehabilitation practices to patients in their care. Everyone benefits from routine adjustments – from active adults, to growing children, to seniors, to athletes with chronic injuries. Even if you aren’t experiencing an acute issue and you feel “OK” on a daily basis, you can still benefit from routine chiropractic adjustments.
One of the goals of chiropractic care is restoration of the body’s function and prevention of injury. Committing to ongoing chiropractic care is a method of proactivity, putting you on the best path toward optimal and sustained health for your lifetime.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractic care is a natural and drug-free pathway to wellness that encompasses your entire body. Even if your back doesn’t hurt and you don’t suffer from plaguing headaches, an adjustment is just plain good for you, on a very regular basis. No specific complaint to share with your chiropractor during your appointment? Not an issue! Your chiropractor will review your health history and perform a limited physical exam. Insight into your diet, daily activities, and exercise regime will be taken into consideration. Your body will be assessed top to bottom, reviewing your joints in your arms, legs, hips, and neck.
If you do present an issue, chiropractors can treat pain through physical manipulation and alignment of your musculoskeletal structure. This type of treatment directly addresses the cause of pain instead of treating symptoms. It allows your body to heal itself by putting muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissues like cartilage, ligaments, and tendons back in their proper place to positively influence your nervous system’s functionality.
Benefits you might not have known:
- Improves joint mobility, function and health.
- Makes tight muscles loose and loose muscles tight and improves the contractibility (thereby strength) of the muscle.
- Decreases degeneration of the joint and connective tissues (arthritis).
- Decreases the on--going inflammatory process associated with the subluxation.
- Improves circulation taking stagnant blood out and bringing new blood in.
- Speeds up the recovery process.
- Improves nerve system function and the individual nerve’s ability to carry nerve impulses more efficiently.
- Strengthens the immune system.
Reasons You Should Consider Seeing A Chiropractor
Let’s take a look at the top ten health issues we successfully treat every day :
Chiropractic treatment for neck and back pain is especially effective. People with bad posture tend to get that way because something is slightly out of alignment within the spine. As a method of reducing pain, a patient may shift their position, and unknowingly exacerbating the problem, and causing it to spread. A Chiropractor can treat the source of the pain, sometimes in as little as a single visit. The result is that the patient is then able to use proper posture, and be pain free.
As above, neck pain can be the result of poor posture. With chiropractic adjustments, the entire spine including the back and neck can be put back into proper alignment, thereby reducing neck pain.
PAIN AND TINGLING
We have treated many patients suffering from conditions such as Carpal Tunnel syndrome, who experience pain, tingling and even numbness in their wrists. Often these types of symptoms are the result of compression on the carpal nerves within the wrist. The culprit? Very often, the bones within the arms, wrists and hands need an adjustment.
By treating other structures within the body, such as the neck and back, many types of headaches can be treated and cured. In fact, a study by Duke University found that chiropractic treatment for headaches was more effective than taking pain medications!
Let’s face it, when our body hurts, it can cause us to have a feeling of tiredness and fatigue. The body is in a constant state of attempting to fight the pain, which can really wear us down. The good news is that most of our patients at BROADWAY AT YEW Chiropractic & Massage report a feeling of invigoration following the treatment.
Treating the Cause
The essence of chiropractic care is that treatment focusses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Compared to prescribed medications in a recent study, it was in fact found that 56% of patients who saw a doctor, saw a 30% reduction in low back pain after 4 weeks. But 94% of patients who underwent Chiropractic treatment saw a 30% reduction in low back pain after 4 weeks. Vertigo for example is a condition that is found to be much more effectively treated with chiropractic care, as rather than simply dealing with the symptoms of the condition, the Chiropractor will move you in to specific positions to reestablish the balance within the ear.
A National Sleep Foundation poll found that 60% of American adults experience sleep problems at some time. In fact, according to the APTA Move Forward survey, 37% of adults said that LBP affects their sleep, with over half stating that they suffer from poor sleep quality. Chiropractic treatment and the manipulation therapies used are believed to help to improve blood flow in patients, which is essential for great sleep. Chiropractors also focus on correcting misalignments or subluxations in the spine. These subluxations lead to a process called stress response which puts the body out of balance and does not let the body rest.
Assists with Chronic Pain
In a first session with a patient with chronic pain, a chiropractor will aim to get to the root of the problem, working out where inflammation and muscle tension may be occurring and building an effective treatment plan. It is this approach that causes so many to turn to a chiropractor for help with chronic pain. For those with long term conditions, a study has shown that chiropractic care is more effective in treating pain intensity than pain clinics, which only focus on the symptoms of the pain.
The body functions best when properly aligned. The nervous system is responsible for pain signals sent to the brain from different parts of the body. When the spine is not properly aligned, the entire body can feel the effect. This can cause mental and physical stress over the entire body. A balanced body leads to less tension and stress. A well adjusted body allows a person to manage stress better.
When a person is in pain, their mood often reflects their pain level. Balancing the body’s nervous system leads to a balance of the chemicals in the body. Issues such as depression and ADHD have been known to improve with regular chiropractic care.
When the nervous system is not working properly, different parts of the body are not receiving vital signals necessary to function. When the nervous system is not working properly, the immune system suffers also. Recovering from illness quicker is seen when the nervous system is working.