Surprising Conditions Chiropractors Treat
Usually when people think of chiropractic care, they associate it with reducing back pain, but did you know that is only a portion of the conditions chiropractors treat? In fact, you might be interested to know the surprising conditions chiropractors treat regularly that most people think can only be treated by other types of physicians.
Migraines and Tension Headaches
Research shows that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, is an effective way to treat tension headaches and headaches that begin in the neck. These chiropractic adjustments can improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your nervous system.
The chiropractors goal is to help correct any neuromusculoskeletal sources of a headache (nerves, muscles and bones of the body). If a headache may be caused or aggravated by any misaligned vertebrae in the spine, it could be creating undue nerve interference. Spinal manipulations often can resolve this.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress comes from three main sources: our environment, our bodies and our emotions. We all have stress…but for some of us, stress along with anxiety are ongoing conditions. For these folks, chiropractic adjustments may help the body manage and process this stress in a healthier way.
Chiropractic adjustments can help create ease within the nervous system and to release muscle tension – one part of chronic stress. In doing so, we can return the body to a more balanced state with alignment and a more normalized state of the nervous system. Remember, nerves control the tone of the muscle so when the nervous system is at ease, the muscles tend to have a more normal tone as well.
Studies show that chiropractic adjustments turn down the sympathetic, or fight or flight part of the nervous system. Adjustments also improve circulation, which also helps the brain to know to turn off the “fight or flight” response and start the healing process.
Chiropractic adjustments, along with a soft tissue technique called myofascial release, are used to help fibromyalgia patients get some relief. This helps to move out the congestion of inflammatory by-products in the tissue, release trigger points and breaks up adhesions between the muscle and it’s casing. Chiropractors can also give particular focus to turning down inflammatory pathways through nutrition, detoxing the liver, healing the gut, stress management and vitamin protocols.
By improving the communication throughout the nervous system including the brain and spinal cord, chiropractic care can help regulate and coordinate the body’s reaction to allergens. A weak immune system can be strengthened by correcting the misalignment in the spine that disrupts the essential pathways between the brain and spine. This can de-amplify allergic responses.
A strong, well-functioning immune system can deal with irritants and take them on before they can wreak havoc in your body. So keep your spine aligned – and you’ll have taken the first step to a healthier immune system.