1. Back Pain Relief
Most people immediately think about a chiropractor when they think back to back pain. This is because back pain is the number one reason many visit chiropractors.
Chiropractic adjustments gently align the spine to its proper alignment. The nerves that branch from the spine can become damaged if the spinal structure is misaligned (also known as subluxations). The body can feel pain radiating to other areas if it experiences excessive pressure on any one or more of its nerves.
A chiropractor will gently adjust the spine by moving the joints around. This relieves pressure on the surrounding nerves. This improves both the function and comfort of the spine’s soft tissues as well as the nerves.
Spinal decompression, which is another treatment option that can be used to alleviate pain and restore function, is another popular method.
2. Neck Pain Relief
Acute and chronic neck pain is another reason that people try chiropractic care. Subluxations in the cervical spine can also cause neck pain.
Chiropractic adjustments for the neck follow the same principles. Chiropractic treatments can help the neck function as it was designed by realigning the spine, which relieves pressure from the surrounding nerves, and soft tissue. Sometimes discomfort relief is achieved in just one or two treatments. However, ongoing chiropractic care is required to prevent future problems.
3. Headaches and migraines: Treatment and ongoing prevention
Although headaches are quite common, and people tend to think they are “normal”, the truth is that they can be very serious. A variety of headaches can be relieved by chiropractic care, from mild to severe.
- Migraine headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Tension headaches
- Cervicogenic headaches (head pain that originates from the neck.)
A chiropractor can help relieve many types of headaches by making gentle manual adjustments or trigger point therapy for the neck muscles (depending on what type of headache you have).
It’s important to remember that persistent headaches should be reported to your primary care provider. Your doctor can help determine if there is another medical condition causing your headaches.
4. Tingling, Numbness, and Pain
We discussed earlier how misaligned spines can cause excessive pressure on nerves that travel through the body. These peripheral nerves can become damaged and cause pain, discomfort, and/or numbness.
A herniated spinal disc can cause severe pain and tingling along the path(s) of the affected nerve(s).
Chiropractic care is a natural, conservative treatment for conditions such as sciatica or radiculopathy that cause pain, tingling and loss of sensation.
Patients often feel significant relief when they receive adjustments to relieve pressure on the spine nerves and restore soft tissue function using other chiropractic techniques.
5. Athletic Performance
People seek chiropractic care for more than just pain. When they want to improve their musculoskeletal performance, athletes also visit chiropractors . Many professional sports teams even have their own team chiropractors!
Regular chiropractic care can improve reaction time, and overall performance for athletes at all levels. This is why they seek out chiropractic care for ongoing maintenance and injuries.
6. Posture Improvement
In today’s technology-dependent society, improper curvature in the neck is becoming a growing problem. Chiropractic treatment can help to alleviate this sometimes uncomfortable issue. This principle applies to any other area of the spine.
Chiropractic care can restore healthy body alignment through gentle adjustments and other treatments like TENS therapy and movement massage.
A chiropractor can help improve posture and relieve discomfort caused by improper curvature.
7. Pregnancy discomfort can be relieved
While pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, many women find it to be a challenging time. Many women experience a gradual curving of their spines as the fetus grows and develops. This can lead to discomfort and movement restrictions.
Another common problem is pelvic shifting, which reduces the womb space available for the growing baby. A pelvic misalignment may also hinder the baby’s ability to move into a natural birthing position towards the end of the third Trimester.
A chiropractor can balance the pelvis and relieve excessive strain on the spine by using a highly-specialized adjustment and analysis process called Webster Technique.
8. Improvement in Sleep Quality
A chiropractor can improve the alignment of your spine and restore musculoskeletal function to promote optimal systemic functioning. This allows you to relax and regain deep sleep again.
9. Work-Related Injuries Recovery
For ongoing treatment, chiropractors are often recommended for people who have suffered injuries at work, particularly if they have sustained pain or limiting injuries to their neck and back.
You can use Workers Compensation insurance to pay for chiropractic care if you have suffered an injury at work and most insurances will cover a certain amount of visits.
If you’re in need of a chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment!