If you’ve ever had a chiropractic adjustment, you know just how good it makes you feel. But why are adjustments so important for your long-term health? Here are eight really good reasons you need chiropractic care as part of your health care routine!
1. Improved Joint Movement and Coordination
Chiropractic adjustments focus on the areas of the spine and extremities that are not moving like they should or are misaligned. When a joint does not move properly it can cause pain and irritation to the surrounding area. Chiropractic adjustments are used to mobilize the joint, allowing it to move throughout its natural range of motion and to remove the irritation and pain in the surrounding area.
2. Improved Posture
Our approach to treatment utilizes chiropractic care and physical therapy in an effort to improve movement and strength. The end result of care, once the joints are moving properly and muscles are stretched and strengthened, is better posture. We also work using special techniques to restore the natural curves of the spine, which allow the spine to displace gravitational pressure in the appropriate manner.
3. Improved Nerve Communication
Misalignment of the spine causes irritation to the surrounding tissues and structures, with nerves being one of those structures. Nerves carry information to and from the body and the brain; when irritated the signals can be altered in such a way that proper function of organs, muscles and tissues are compromised. Chiropractic adjustments can remove the irritation to the nerves, which then restores proper nerve communication.
4. Improved Physical Function and Performance
As stated above, proper function of organs, muscles, and tissues are affected by nerve irritation. When nerves are irritated or pinched, symptoms can manifest as weakness, fatigue, loss of endurance, and even shortness of breath. Nerves control muscle contractions, blood flow, hormone release, glycogen release, and pretty much every process in the body. Chiropractic adjustments can remove the irritation to the nerves, which then leads to full function of the organs and tissues.
5. Relief from Stress and Tension
Pain and discomfort can cause undue physical stress and tension. The body finds ways to adapt to pain by tightening muscles to protect injured areas, and by releasing hormones that help stimulate the healing process. If the body cannot correct the problem, the muscles eventually fatigue or spasm and the extended release of hormones are actually bad for the body. Once the underlying problem is addressed and the body can properly heal, the stresses and tension that are placed upon the body will eventually be relieved.
6. Improved Mood and sleep better
Chiropractic can actually change your mood! The release of hormones play a role in our mood and ability to sleep. Once again, nerves control everything in the body and the organs that release essential hormones are no different. Sometimes those nerves are irritated or pinched, resulting in a change in hormone levels that can affect mood and sleep patterns. Chiropractors will also look for outside factors such and diet and lifestyle that may also be contributing to mood fluctuations.
7. Fewer Colds and Flu
Chiropractic care can actually help your body fight off sickness! Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the immune system, which fights off bacteria and viruses that cause sickness. Adjustments can also help improve lymphatic drainage, a major part of the immune system. Research has even shown that chiropractic care can increase the immune system by 200%.
8. Spend Less Money
Chiropractic care has been shown to be more cost effective than the medical approach of drugs or surgery. A study commissioned by the Canadian government in 1993, known as the Magna Study, shows that chiropractic is a very cost effective and safe approach for lower back pain. Chiropractic patients also tend to spend less on medical services and medications.