Whether you're just learning about chiropractic care, or you visit your chiropractor 3 times a week, there are likely things you don't realize your chiropractor can treat.
Chiropractic care is excellent for back pain, but it's great for many other things as well.
Chiropractic care is based on the idea that given the opportunity and everything is functioning the way it should, the body can heal itself.
And, with the right adjustments, chiropractors can help your body heal and overcome several surprising conditions.
Many people are entirely unaware of just how much their chiropractor can do for them and how powerful the treatments can be.
In the article below, we'll talk about four surprising conditions that chiropractic care can treat..
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It's estimated that 90% of people in the United States suffer from headaches.
Whether it's just the occasional headache due to stress or other circumstances, or if they suffer from chronic heads, most people have or will experience the pain of a headache.
Some headaches are dull and can be dealt with, while other headaches cause almost crippling pain and nausea.
Most people just reach into the medicine cabinets and grab a few pain pills when they feel a headache coming on.
But that's not sustainable, especially when you have headaches 3 or 4 times a week.
If you take pain pills for your headaches too often, you could start suffering from rebound headaches.
Rebound headaches are caused by regular, long-term use of pain medications to treat, ironically, headaches.
Most headaches tend to be related to muscle tension in your neck.
This has become a common issue for Americans because we spend too much time crouched in front of a TV, phone, or computer screen.
Your chiropractor can perform spinal adjustments that will improve function and alleviate the stress in your neck.
And, there's no such thing as a rebound headache due to too many chiropractic treatments.
2. Stress and Anxiety
People are stressed out today more than they've ever been, and the stress comes from three primary sources: our environment, our body, and our emotions.
Environmental stress can be anything from noise, to weather, and physical threats.
Body stress comes from things like diseases, organ malfunctions, poor sleep, or poor nutrition.
Emotional stress is more difficult to pinpoint, but it includes our reactions, in our thoughts and emotions, to environmental and physical stressors.
Our jobs are stressful. Water and air pollution are getting worse and worse.
And with the advent of the 24/7 news cycle, we are as emotionally stressed as we've ever been.
Many illnesses are caused, or at least worsened, by the overwhelming amount of stress we deal with, which activates our fight or flight reaction.
This systemic reaction affects almost every part of our body, as it causes an increased heart rate and blood pressure.
When this reaction is prolonged, the long-term effects are disastrous to our overall well-being and can contribute to high blood pressure, muscle tissue damage, diabetes, infertility, and damage to our immune systems.
Your chiropractor can reduce your muscle tension, which is one effect of chronic stress that leads to nerve irritation, causing the body to become misaligned.
Chiropractic adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation, which can signal the brain to turn off the fight or flight response.
Your chiropractor can also recommend supplements and relaxation techniques that will help combat stress.
3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in the wrist.
This passageway, or tunnel, enables the median nerve to travel from the spine to the hind.
If the carpal tunnel swells, it causes pressure on the median nerve, resulting in limited feeling and movement to portions of your hand, which is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Women are three times more likely to be afflicted with CTS, and the experts aren't sure why, although it's believed to be due to a smaller carpal tunnel.
Your chiropractor offers a non-invasive solution to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The median nerve that travels through the carpal tunnel begins in the cervical spine.
An experienced chiropractor can investigate this area of the spine to see if there are any vertebrae causing compression to nerves.
They can also apply gentle manipulation to the wrist, elbow, and cervical spine to alleviate discomfort.
When we're growing up, we take our extensive range of motion and flexibility for granted.
The older we get, the more we appreciate how flexible we used to be.
Several health conditions and wear and tear makes us much less limber than we used to be.
But a decrease in range of motion and flexibility can result in a downward spiral of disability.
Losing your flexibility is usually just the tip of the iceberg.
For example, an injury or degenerative condition that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness may limit our flexibility and range of motion.
If that happens, we tend to avoid activities that involve the affected body parts.
This quickly turns into a case of "use it or lose it."
Without regular exercise, the muscles and joints stiffen, adhesions, and scar tissue can form, and mobility may be further reduced.
Eventually, you can become completely incapacitated, and ordinary tasks like walking to the mailbox or tying your shoes feeling like running in an iron man.
Regular chiropractic care can help increase your range of motion as well as your flexibility.
Spinal adjustments and manipulations to other parts of your body help realign the bones and joints to reduce pain, restore range of motion, and improve flexibility, balance, and coordination.
Your chiropractor can also recommend specific exercises that can be done at home so you can maintain and build upon what you've accomplished with the chiropractic adjustments.
Regular chiropractic care can also eliminate the source of your pain, so you can resume your normal activities and stay limber well into your golden years.
It Shouldn't Come As A Surprise
Chiropractic care is an all-natural, non-invasive approach to health care that offers its patients numerous benefits.
If you thought chiropractic care was only for back pain, hopefully this article opened your mind to the amazing potential chiropractic care has.
If you'd like to find out what chiropractic care can do for you, give the team at Florida Spine and Injury a call.
They have years of experience using chiropractic care to treat several conditions, and they'd love to help you today.
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