#10 Chiropractic Alleviates Pain
Instead of covering up pain with possibly hazardous medication, chiropractic addresses the underlying cause of pain disorders, such as headaches, low back pain and sports injuries. Quite often, these conditions are linked to dysfunctional areas in the spine, known as vertebral subluxations, where movement is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned. Dr. Greif corrects vertebral subluxations with chiropractic adjustments, which are gentle and safe maneuvers.
#9 Chiropractic Prevents Other Conditions
Chiropractic isn’t just for pain, far from it! A growing body of research indicates that chiropractic adjustments may ward of vast arrays of conditions. Disorders that may be helped by chiropractic range from infantile colic, ear infections, PMS, high blood pressure and possibly Parkinson’s disease.
How might chiropractic prevent so many ailments? Researchers speculate that vertebral subluxations may affect nervous system functioning. Along with the brain, the spinal cord is the main component of the central nervous system, which controls functioning throughout the body and supplies nerves for all of the body’s structures and organs. Research indicates that dysfunctions in the spine may inhibit this delicate balance, in turn triggering a myriad of health concerns.
#8 Chiropractic Boosts Productivity
Chiropractic care elevates productivity both at work and play.
Regular chiropractic care may boost work performance by warding off work-related injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome and low back pain (LBP).
For instance, chiropractic care defuses LBP associated with sitting hour after hour in ergonomically incorrect chairs. “Sitting causes the pelvis to rotate backward and causes reduction in lumbar lordosis [the natural curve of the low back], trunk-thigh angle, and knee angle,”[i] note researchers. It also “causes and increase in muscle effort to disc pressure.”
Unremitting LBP can also lead to work absence and higher medical costs.
IN a review of 250 employees receiving work’s compensation for LBP, 72 of whom had no physically therapeutic care, patients receiving spinal manipulation experienced greater reduction in pain and disability. This translated into lower therapeutic costs and a faster return to work.[ii]
Chiropractic care effectively restores proper spinal alignment and reduces low back pain. Missing appointments, however, may foster a “one step forward, two steps back” scenario.
Chiropractic also boosts performance at sports. Professional athlete s like Tiger Woods rely on chiropractic care to reach optimal performance capacity.
#7 Chiropractic May Make You Smarter
Mapping of brain activity before and after chiropractic adjustments of the neck (cervical spine) reveals that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function.
In a study involving 500 adult volunteers, researchers mapped brain function in the cortical (exterior) portions of the brain before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine. Researchers found that “cervical manipulation activates specific neurological pathways” in the brain, potentially stimulating cognitive function.[iii]
Chiropractic adjustments also enhance response mechanisms in the brain, according to researchers in New Zealand who conducted a study involving 30 volunteers: all with evidence of cervical spinal joint dysfunction. Instead of cortical mapping, the researchers used reaction time to various stimulation as a gauge.
“Multiple sites of cervical spinal joint dysfunction were related to impaired cortical processing,” noted the researchers. This was demonstrated by “significantly less accurate response selection and a trend toward more variable performance of an anticipated response.”[iv] After chiropractic adjustment, the volunteers demonstrated improved cortical processing and response selection.
#6 Chiropractic Boost Immunity
Scientific research reveals that regularly schedule chiropractic care may boost the body’s immune response. And a powerful immune system is a key component of chiropractic’s all-natural preventative strategy.
Only study involved 11 patients over a nine month period. The pilot study provided preliminary information regarding chiropractic care and possible links to improved immune status. Chiropractic care also boosted other aspects of health and quality of life.[v]
Another study indicates that chiropractic adjustments boost levels of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes, white blood cells associated with a healthy immune system.[vi]
#5 Chiropractic Reduces Stress
Chiropractic care slashes stress by allowing the body to achieve balance. In addition, chiropractic helps keep patients free of physical impediments to regular exercise, which is key to busting stress and preventing stress related anxiety and depression.
And while chiropractors do not treat depression, preliminary research demonstrates that chiropractic adjustments may easy depressive symptoms. “It has been long speculated that chiropractic interventions may affect mental health problems,” note researchers.
To test this hypothesis, investigators followed 15 adults who were both clinically depressed and had a vertebral subluxation in the spine of their upper back.
Before and after receiving a chiropractic adjustment, the subjects completed a standard assessment for depression called the Beck Depression Inventory II.
Results revealed a marked reduction in depression scores following the intervention.[vii]
#4 Chiropractic Increases Physical Activity
New patients frequently find that chiropractic care jumpstarts them toward a more wellness-oriented lifestyle. For instance, many chiropractic patients report increased motivation and ability to adhere to a regular exercise program.
#3 Chiropractic Allows Patients to Avoid Unneccessary Medication
Individuals who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to overuse or misuse medication, which may have hazardous side effects.
Even seemingly benign over-the-counter medication may wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal system.
In addition, long-term use of pain medication may actually exacerbate the very symptoms it was intended to reduce.
For instance, people who focus on prevention and maintain regular chiropractic care are less likely to develop medication overuse headache (MOH).
MOH is a relatively new term for a long-standing “unnamed” and largely unrecognized condition used by taking painkillers, daily or on a regular basis, for migraines or other headaches. Sadly, this condition is common. About one in 50 people develop this problem at some point.
#2 Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality
Chiropractic patients often enjoy improved sleep quality. This is due to a reduction in pain and anxiety, which often interfere with sleep. Improved sleep enhances immunity, in turn fighting disease.
Exciting preliminary research links insomnia with vertebral subluxations, which may be corrected with chiropractic care.
The study pooled data on 221 patients being cared for by 15 chiropractors. According to the findings, “one third of the 154 patients who completed the semi-structured interview reported their sleep pattern was changed immediately after their chiropractic adjustment. All but one of these 52 patients reported improvement.” In the 20 patients with insomnia, improved sleep was noted in the six days following the chiropractic adjustment. However, no consistent trends were noted in the days and weeks following care, so additional research is necessary before a firm link can be made.[viii]
#1 Chiropractic Creates Wellness
Regular chiropractic care empowers patients with what doctors of chiropractic call “health-esteem.” Patients learn to take charge of their own wellbeing in a way that catapults them to optimal health, increased longevity and heightened quality of life.
[i] J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999;22:594-609.
[ii] Spine Jour 2006;6:289-95.
[iii] J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997;20:529.
[iv] J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005;28:502-7.
[v] JVSR 2006:1-6.
[vi] J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1991;7:399-408.
[vii] JVDSR 2005:1-4.
[viii] J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005;28:179.