Why you need a Chiropractor in your life

Did you know that chiropractic treatments can help ease your aches, stiff muscles, and pains in your body?

Joint and muscle aches occur at all ages and sometimes children, as well as teens, can suffer from it.

There are many ways to deal with these problems because chronic pain can be debilitating. There are over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as painkillers and muscle relaxants. If you don’t want to use tablets, then there are also ice-packs, heat compresses, menthol rubs and stretches to help manage the pain.

Before we get into how chiropractic adjustments can alleviate pain, let’s first discuss why people suffer from pain on a daily basis.

Why do people suffer from a backache and other pain in their body?

Several aspects cause people to have sore, stiff muscles or creaks in their neck amongst other.

Man in pain with knee injury

Chiros can help with a multitude of painful conditions.

Some of these factors include but are not limited to the following:

Poor posture

Many people suffer from poor posture every day when they walk, sit, or stand. Poor posture puts strain on the muscles because they are forced to be in a certain position for an extended period. As a result of poor posture, the muscles tend to spasm and become stiff due to the positioning of the body for a prolonged period of time.

Incorrect sleeping posture

Did you know that the way you lie in your sleep could result in back and neck stiffness? Laying in a foetal position is comfortable for most people, but for the spine, it puts pressure on one side for a long time resulting in the soreness you may feel.

Lying on your stomach is also a bad idea as this can put severe pressure on the lumbar spine because the position is “unnatural”. While lying on your back (without a pillow) may be the most suitable for your spine, it truly isn’t the most comfortable.

Your best bet is to switch up positions throughout the night to avoid severe straining in one position.

Injuries

Injuries can occur at any time, whether you play a contact sport, or had a fall by accident. With injuries come severe pain and often a long healing period. Even when the pain is tolerable, there could still be some underlying inflammation and scar tissue as well as pain that only reveilles itself some several years down the line.

Overuse of muscles

When we overexert ourselves and overuse our muscles like standing or sitting for longer than normal hours, it is bound to cause discomfort. Overused muscles and joints become irritated and result in inflammation and even bursitis in some cases.

Dysfunction and abnormalities

Some health concerns cannot be avoided and this leads to issues like sciatica, scoliosis, arthritis and organs not being able to fully function as a result.

Dysfunction and abnormalities limit the body from being able to function properly and may be part of a patient’s life even before they are born.

What is chiropractic?

Recorded evidence of chiropractic care can trace its roots back to the 1800’s when Daniel David Palmer also renowned as the “father of chiropractic” started treating his first patient. Palmer did multiple studies including magnetic healing.

He believed that when the spine or bones within the spine are aligned, they provide clear communication from the brain to the body. In essence, his theories claimed that when bones are misaligned, they form most of the underlying health problems people dealt with on a daily basis.

Chiropractor adjusting neck

Chiropractor adjusting a patient’s neck and spine.

Chiropractic studies the mobility and functionality of the human body when it comes to the musculoskeletal system and mobility. Their intensive learning also focuses on the nervous system and how to remove any “blockages” due to misalignment of the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments allow the chiropractor to manoeuvre the spine, joints, and other parts of the body to align them properly. Once the spine is aligned, it results in or “activates” a natural flow of healing in the body.

Our nervous system controls our emotions, and other signals sent back and forth to the brain to allow the release of hormones.

When we are stressed, too much stress hormones like corticotrophin and adrenaline are released, and this causes muscle tension, stiffness, knots and anxiety.

Chiro treatment allows the nervous system to release “happy” hormones like dopamine and endorphins.

While inflammation is a major cause of pain, aligning the spine will result in the body’s natural ability to release its own anti-inflammatory properties.

Chiropractic care is a sensible way to take control of pain and allowing the body to heal naturally without the use of drugs.

Do you need chiropractic adjustments even when you don’t have pain?

The benefits of chiropractic care extend far beyond current or existing pain and health issues. When patients decide on having treatment as a preventative measure, they can benefit by it in many ways such as the following:

Emotional balance

We live in a stressful world and being able to take care of ourselves while tackling work and other daily challenges can result in so much stress. Anxiety and stress plague the lives of people all around the world, but chiropractic care can help maintain emotional balance.

As mentioned before, when the spine receives proper alignment, the nervous system becomes healthier and is able to function better without the subluxations.

Improve range and mobility

While our muscles work hard every day providing motion, it can become inflamed and limit range with time. Chiro care also involves a series of stretches, which helps the muscles to become suppler and longer, resulting in more range as well as better mobility.

Yoga spine stretch on pink mat

Your chiropractor can help increase your mobility.

When your muscles are more flexible and you have more range, the chances of spraining your muscles are less likely to easily occur.

Improve posture

Seeing a chiropractor to help improve posture is very important. Our posture needs to be correct so that additional stress isn’t placed on joints and nerves.

Studies over the years have revealed that people carry more weight with their head than is necessary because of the “forward head” posture. This can happen due to long hours in front of a computer as well as simply having poor posture when standing and sitting. The additional “forward” position of a patient’s head adds extra stress on the neck than what it was designed to bear.

Even more advantages

Chiropractors spend several years studying the human anatomy with focus on the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. For this reason, their expertise can help patients recover from injuries faster and more thoroughly as well as solve and manage other health concerns.

  • Athletic performance – chiropractic treatment helps patients recover more easily from injuries as mentioned before. It also reduces inflammatory and improved pulmonary function.
  • Reduce colic in babies – many babies who are born via C-section exhibit more issues from allergies and fussiness because of colic. Chiro treatment can help alleviate this.
  • Respiratory issues – While it may not be as obvious compared to muscle pain, but chiropractors can also help manage respiratory problems including asthma.
  • Insomnia and sleep apnea – Chiropractic can treat sleeping disorders by reducing stress levels and employing specific exercise and stretches.
  • Pre- and postnatal treatment – a mother can benefit greatly from chiropractic treatment before, during and after pregnancy. With the additional weight and having to nourish another human being, she could suffer from a backache, the inability to sleep comfortably, and difficulty moving around.

Are there any risks?

Chiropractic studies and techniques have developed over several years and have improved to include modern technologies. Chiropractors also study methods of healing that include acupuncture to help with issues such as:

  • MSK (musculoskeletal pain)
  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain

The non-invasive take to natural healing has made it one of the safest methods of natural healing.

Final thoughts

Taking care of yourself is important to live a healthier life. However, as you may already know the importance of staying healthy and fit, sometimes various lifestyles may not cater to taking time off for yourself.

Periodic visits to your chiropractor can help you improve many health issues as well as manage chronic illness.

No more back pain woman

Chiropractic adjustments can relieve many aches and pains.

We’re not saying that you should stop taking your chronic medication if your doctors prescribed them, we’re just highlighting some great additional advantages you can enjoy with chiropractic care.

People who don’t use chronic medication but are simply looking to take better care of their bodies can greatly benefit from visiting a chiropractor.

Another advantage is that chiropractic care is suitable for all ages, so newborns to geriatric patients can all enjoy the benefits from this natural, holistic treatment.

Try a chiropractor today for a natural solution to getting the nervous system back on track and allowing the body to commence natural healing from within.