You’ve probably heard that chiropractors can “fix” your back and relieve pain…but how? One of the treatments we provide for pain reduction and wellness is chiropractic adjustments.
The word “chiropractic” comes from two Greek words for “with hands:” cheiros and praktikos. A chiropractor uses his or her hands to realign the spine into an arrangement where there is not unnecessary pressure or stress on any of the surrounding nerves.
Misalignment of the spine can be caused by a number of things:
- Slips or falls
- Poor posture
- Swelling of the joints
- Unhealthy diet
- Psychological stress
- Tension within the muscles
When your nerves are subject to immense pressure, you can experience a variety of symptoms, from lower back pain to acid reflux to even neurological problems. By adjusting the spine and allowing the area around the spine to function properly, you can relieve a long list of medical conditions. Some of the proven benefits of chiropractic adjustments include (but are not limited to):
Reducing Back and Neck Pain
Aligning the spine and allowing each vertebrae and disc to sit in its proper place reduces pressure on the surrounding nerves. Often, that pressure on the nerves can cause intense pain throughout the spinal column (starting at the neck and ending at the tailbone).
Nothing reduces headaches (tension headaches or migraines) more effectively than chiropractic adjustments. It’s one of the main reasons that people visit a chiropractor. In one particular group trial, almost half of patients reported a significant reduction in headache pain from chiropractic treatments, and almost 1 in 4 patients said they saw their attacks decreased by 90%!
Compared to physical therapy, medication, or injections, chiropractic adjustments are the best way to treat sciatica. A study by the European Spine Journal published findings that showed a 72% success rate for treating sciatica with chiropractic adjustments (there was only a 50% success with injections and a 20% success with physical therapy).
Regulating Blood Pressure
By allowing the body to function properly, chiropractic adjustments can create a more balanced and regulated environment. This has many benefits, including the regulation of blood pressure.
Whether you need to raise or lower your blood pressure, chiropractic adjustments can help you get there. In a study published by the Human Journal of Hypertension, it was found that one chiropractic adjustment to the upper back has the same effect as two medications for lowering blood pressure.
Paired with rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustments can help to treat scoliosis without the use of braces or surgery. Studies have found 10-30% reductions in curvatures. If you have scoliosis, there is a way to prevent the progression of this disease while still living your life – and without sacrificing time in the hospital.
Improves Athletic Performance
We’ve talked in previous blog posts about how chiropractors can help treat sports injuries. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reverse the intense stress and strain that is put on the body during athletic activity. Having a chiropractor on hand during training and the regular season can reduce the risk of injury and surgeries… that’s why half of the teams in the NFL have a go-to chiropractor on staff!
These are just a few examples of the ways that chiropractic adjustments can improve wellness and physical health. Even if you have a concern that is not on the above list, contact a skilled chiropractor today and find out how chiropractic adjustments can improve your health and life.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.