Surprising Facts About Chiropractic Care
Many people associate chiropractic care with back and neck pain, as well they should. Even previous skeptics in the medical community are now recognizing the benefits and effectiveness of spinal manipulation, a common chiropractic treatment method, in addressing back and neck pain.
Even so, most Americans have no idea of the countless positive benefits and broad scope of chiropractic care. Better yet, chiropractic care avoids invasive procedures often thought to curb pain, such as prescription drugs and/or surgery.
Consider the following surprising benefits of chiropractic care:
High Blood Pressure. A 2007 study published by the Human Journal of Hypertension concluded that a specific chiropractic procedure can significantly lower high blood pressure. The leader of the study said the procedure, an adjustment of the C-1 vertebrae, “has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications….”
Headache Relief. Tension and migraine headaches can be caused by back pain and spinal misalignment. A study in the year 2000 to assess the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment of migraine headaches found that participants who received such care had significant improvements in the frequency and duration of their headaches. A subsequent study indicated that chiropractic care could reduce by half the number of migraines a person might receive!
Neurological Conditions. It’s no secret that chiropractic adjustments help increase blood flow to the brain. Adjustments can also aid the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, which can help people suffering from conditions like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Children’s Health Benefits. Chiropractic care has proven benefits for children, especially those who experience:
- Infant colic: A condition that causes near constant crying and fussiness in young children and babies.
- Acid Reflux: A burning sensation that when left untreated can result in damage to your esophagus.
- Ear Infections: Roughly 80 percent of children will experience an ear infection before their third birthday.
Athletic Performance. Numerous professional sports teams retain chiropractors to help reduce their athletes’ pain, tension and joint inflammation. Spinal adjustments can also boost the athletes’ immune systems, boosting their performances and keeping them healthy.
Vertigo. Dizziness can bring even the healthiest person to a standstill and make everyday tasks seem impossible. A chiropractic adjustment targets the joints and vertebrae that aren’t moving correctly, restoring the body’s natural balance.
Some people schedule regular chiropractic appointments as a way of staying healthy. Given its many benefits, perhaps you’ll want to join them?