In the vast, scientific world of medicine, chiropractic care seems to live in a grey area between opinion and facts, with many attesting to its effectiveness in treating musculoskeletal injuries while others fail to see any benefits.
The word “chiropractic” means done by the hand—it is thought of as the first holistic type of medical care that evolved from a need to relieve aches and pains associated with “back-breaking” work.
The effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment to ease back and neck pain have long been accepted in the medical community, although there is not enough conclusive evidence to prove its effectiveness in treating conditions that are not musculoskeletal in nature.
Variance of opinion
Perhaps the biggest reason that chiropractors face as they struggle to maintain credibility in medical circles is the wide variance of opinion that exists among medical professionals and patients alike. People that have experienced relief from back and neck pain remain staunchly loyal to those chiropractors that have provided them with some much-needed relief. Other skeptics, however, need some more scientific evidence that chiropractic care is a valid and worthwhile endeavor when trying to bring the body back into a state of health and balance once more.
Benefits of chiropractic care
Those who receive regular chiropractic care have common stories and themes to share when singing the praises of being brought back to health once more. Some of these benefits include:
1. Relief from back and neck pain
The spine is an intricate network of nerve fibers and vertebrae running up and down the spinal column. When a subluxation, or misalignment of a vertebrae occurs, it can result in the nerves inside the spinal column becoming pinched. As nerves become pinched, they are no longer able to send and receive signals that must run to all systems of the body, regulating and maintaining proper function. When these subluxations are corrected, muscles and tendons that were pulled out of alignment are once more positioned for optimal health, and the result is reduced pain along the back and neck.
2. Improved mood
Many patients who receive chiropractic care also report improvements in mood and mental clarity. Nerves that run along the spinal column are also responsible for sending and receiving messages that affect the efficiency and function of the brain. When nervous system messages are clear, everything functions more smoothly, including the chemicals and hormones responsible for regulating mood and improving mental clarity.
3. Relief from conditions like asthma, hypertension, and menstrual cramps
Nervous system signals literally regulate every system in your body—-when you are in alignment, your spine protects those delicate nerves and allows the body to operate in a state of homeostasis. When vertebrae are pulled out of alignment or damaged in some way, it can result in the development of certain conditions or exacerbate existing conditions. Chiropractic patients have reported relief from conditions like high blood pressure, asthma, and menstrual cramps as a result of getting regular adjustments.
4. Improved digestion and elimination processes
Gut health is essential to good overall health. The nerves that run through your spine control your stomach and its functions. When your spine is improperly aligned, the nerves in this area of the spine can trigger the release of excess stomach acid, resulting in heartburn, gas, and acid reflux. Quite often, chiropractic treatment can relieve pressure on the thoracic spine, allowing those nerves that control digestion to send the proper signals for proper digestive function.
5. Increased energy
We do not often realize the effect that chronic pain has on the body. It saps us of our energy, lowers our ability to handle the stresses of daily life, and stirs up emotional upset. When we are free from aches and pains through proper alignment of the spine, it frees up a natural energy that courses through our body, allowing us to move with ease and experience increased energy. Your body becomes an efficient, balanced, well-oiled machine, running as it was intended to.
Chiropractic care: A valid choice for good overall health and wellness
The science behind correct of subluxations is evident; chiropractic care is a legitimate form of health management that brings the body back into balance. At Integrative Chiro Center, we are passionate about creating health and wellness for each of our clients. Our balanced approach to preventative care and treatment of injuries ensures that you can experience what vibrant health and vitality feel like once more. If you are curious about what Integrative Chiro Center can offer you, contact us today at 205-637-1363 to see how we can improve your health and quality of life!