We’ve officially reached the end of October and National Chiropractic Health Month. Just because the month is ending, though, doesn’t mean you can’t make chiropractic care a regular part of your health care plan. In fact, developing a regular care plan with your chiropractor can improve your health and well-being in surprising ways.
Check out these seven reasons why you should see a chiropractor on a regular basis, and schedule a consultation with our office at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria.
An Immunity Boost
When we discussed the importance of the nervous system, we explored just how much it controls the functions of our body. One of the body systems that the Central Nervous System (CNS) regulates is the immune system. Remember that the CNS includes the brain and the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord is protected by the spine, a misalignment can cause issues with the signals being sent from the CNS. In turn, this can weaken the immune system.
Luckily, research has shown that those who visit a chiropractor regularly get sick less often. This is because regular spinal adjustments keep a person’s body and nervous system aligned to function at its highest potential to ward off bacteria and viruses.
When we explored the thoracic spine, we discovered that nerves in this section of the spinal column help aid in the function of the stomach and digestion. When these vertebrae become misaligned, they can cause issues like indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux.
By regularly visiting a chiropractor, you ensure that your thoracic spine is properly aligned so that your body isn’t overproducing stomach acid from nerves that are under stress.
More Energy & Focus
By regularly visiting the chiropractor, we’re effectively removing a lot of stress and pressure on the rest of our body. When the body is under this kind of stress and pressure, it has to use more energy to function properly. However, when our body is aligned and relieved of this stress, it’s free to use more energy to actually accomplish tasks rather than struggle to function.
This relief of pain and pressure also leads to better focus. If your chiropractor is regularly adjusting your cervical spine, or your neck, you’re less likely to suffer from neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches so that you can stay focused at work.
Better Circulation & Lower Blood Pressure
In our post about the importance of the cervical spine, we discussed how these vertebrae facilitate the flow of blood to the brain and the rest of the body. Regular visits to the chiropractor not only improve circulation, but they can also effectively lower blood pressure the same way the prescribed medication does.
The C1 vertebra, also called the atlas, is the specific vertebra that a chiropractor adjusts to help improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
Improved Respiratory Function
Nerves in the cervical and thoracic spine travel to the lungs and help with the flow of oxygen. When there’s a misalignment in this part of the spine, it’s common to experience a shortness of breath as this nerve function is being compromised.
If someone is suffering from a condition like asthma, visiting a chiropractor may be able to help by realigning the spine, allowing the nerves to function normally, and reducing inflammation in the lungs.
For Women: a Healthier Pregnancy & Birth
During pregnancy, a mother’s body changes in a variety of ways to support the development of the child they’re carrying. One of these changes includes weight gain, which can put pressure on the spine and the nervous system. This pressure can cause a change in the body’s ability to function, which can make for a more difficult pregnancy.
On the other hand, when a woman visits a prenatal chiropractor throughout her pregnancy, she receives adjustments that helps relieve this pressure. This helps her body function more normally and, therefore, allows the baby to develop in a healthier environment.
For Children: Healthier Development
Speaking of babies, adults are not the only ones who can benefit from regular chiropractic care. Many family chiropractors also serve as pediatric chiropractors or even infant chiropractors.
While you may think that a child or infant couldn’t possibly have any stress or misalignment in their bodies so early in life, studies show differently.
Newborns experience birth trauma just as much as the mother, which can leave their spine and nervous system compromised. This can lead to unexplainable issues like colic, sleep problems, problems with latching when breastfeeding, and other developmental issues.
By taking your baby or child to a family chiropractor, they can receive the adjustments they need that will allow them to continue developing at a healthy rate.
One of the most common symptoms of a misaligned spine is the feeling of pain or discomfort somewhere in the body. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain in the body that would otherwise need to be treated with medication.
At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria, we want to make sure you can live your life free of pain and other health problems as much as possible. For this reason, we offer extensive chiropractic care programs to make sure you’re receiving the treatment you need to live life well. If you’re interested in these benefits, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors.