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If you’re looking for a way to help ease the pain without surgery and medicine, chiropractic care may be the option for you. Known as a holistic, non-invasive form of pain management, chiropractic care has been proven to help many around the world suffering from a variety of aches and pains caused by different conditions. Below are the top ten reasons why chiropractic care is beneficial.
- It helps relieve sciatica. There are very few forms of treatment that compare to chiropractic adjustments, especially when it comes to relieving back pain. According to the European Spine Journal, adjustments received a 72% success rate in relieving pain, while physical therapy rated 20% and corticosteroid injections rated 50% success.
- It helps relieve low back pain and neck pain. According to a medical study, 96% of patients with low back pain and/or neck pain felt relief after receiving chiropractic care. In a 2013 study, 183 people were subjected to manual therapy, exercise, or general practitioner care for 52 weeks. The results showed that chiropractic adjustments gave the quickest results in pain alleviation. Another bonus? The adjustments were 1/3 of the cost of exercise and general physician care.
- It helps relieve tension and migraines. These two are the second most common issues treated by chiropractors. In a group study, 22% of the participants receiving chiropractic care saw their chances of developing tension and/or a migraine decrease by 90%; 49% documented a decrease in pain intensity as well.
- It helps relieve colic, acid reflux, and ear infections in children. If you’re wondering how chiropractic care can help with these, it’s simple – the nerves in our gut and brain are sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations. Through the realignment of the spine and the reduction of pressure upon the nerves, the connection between our gut and brain improves. With a happier digestive system, our bodies will see an increase in immune function, a reduction in inflammation, and a reduction in pain throughout varies areas.
- It helps relieve neurological nuisances. After an adjustment, cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow increase. Cerebellar invagination (the moment when the cerebellum drops below the skull line) is also reversed and brain plaquing (found in those with multiple sclerosis) begins to disappear. In a study conducted upon 15 epileptic patients, all documented seeing positive results from the adjustments.
- It helps relieve hyper/hypo-tension. In a 2007 study, chiropractic care was shown to have the same effect as certain drugs that lower your blood pressure. The effects of one adjustment lasted for more than six months in one patient! They saw an average of 14mm Hg greater drop in systolic and an average 8 mm HG in diastolic. For those with hypotension, their levels were raised to normal, which shows the body’s ability to form a balanced environment for itself once vertebral subluxations are fixed.
- It usually prevents surgery. A more natural way to alleviate pain, chiropractic care is typically suggested first before seeing a surgeon.
- It helps with adhesive capsulitis. Also known as “frozen shoulder,” patients who experience stiff and tense shoulders saw a decrease in pain when subjected to chiropractic care. Of the 50 patients, 16 saw complete resolution of pain, 25 saw a 75%-90% improvement, 8 showed 50%-75% improvement, and one person showed 0-50% improvement. Before their therapy, the patients documented a median pain score of 9/10; this dropped to a 2 after therapy.
- It helps with scoliosis. With certain adjustments combined with muscular rehabilitation, the progress of scoliosis has seen a decrease. With the help of chiropractic care, patients have seen a 10%-30% decrease in curvatures.
- It helps with athletic performance. If you’ve always wondered why your favorite sports stars love receiving chiropractic care, here’s why – access to adjustments, stretches, and exercises positively influences their bodies, which are subjected to the rough and rowdy nature of playing professional sports. Chiropractic care aids in recovery and physical performance by reducing inflammation, kickstarting the immune system, enhancing pulmonary function, decreasing mental and oxidative forms of stress, relieving tension built up in the muscles, and increasing energy levels. After all, you’re willing to do more when you’re not crippled by pain.