Chiropractors treat an estimated 35 million Americans a year, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Many people associate chiropractic with back and neck pain, but the truth is, therapy can improve function across your entire body.
Chiropractors work to treat the cause of the problems you’re experiencing, not just the pain and other symptoms. At Today’s Integrative Health, we focus on manual adjustments of the musculoskeletal system to place your body in the correct position to heal itself — without the need of addictive pain medications.
Chiropractic care is an effective alternative treatment for everything from back pain to balance issues. It’s also a great complement to other pain treatments. Many of our patients use it alongside other care plans, with approval from their entire health care team. Combining this type of care with your other therapy methods can help you live pain- and injury-free.
Here are a few lesser-known benefits of chiropractic wellness.
1. Chiropractic Care Increases mobility
When your joints and spine are aligned correctly, your body moves naturally. Mobility is important to maintain a healthy weight and stave off disease.
Chiropractic adjustments help improve your range of motion in more than just your back. Joint dysfunction in your arms or legs can affect your quality of life, even if you don’t think the pain is greatly limiting you.
Patients with chronic conditions that reduce mobility — such as osteoarthritis, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia — find some relief from pain and start seeing increased mobility with regular care.
2. Chiropractic Care Improves digestive and nervous system function
Studies show that adjustments in your lower and middle spine can correct misalignments that put pressure on the nerves involved in digestion. People suffering from chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, or other digestive problems have reported that chiropractic care can ease these conditions.
A properly working nervous system maintains your body’s natural rhythm. Chiropractic adjustment offers a holistic, alternative treatment option to reduce stress placed on your nervous and digestive systems, improving bodily function without medication.
3. Better balance
Your sense of balance is critical to standing and moving without falling over. It’s not uncommon to experience reduced balance with age, and dizziness or balance issues can make everyday tasks more challenging. Chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce feelings of dizziness and increase your sense of balance.
If you suffer from a serious balance condition like vertigo, chiropractic may help you manage it. Adjustments in your head and neck area can help joints move correctly, reducing episodes of some types of vertigo.
4. Fewer headaches
Tension and pain in your back or neck caused by misalignment can lead to headaches. Spinal realignment and regular chiropractic therapy are a proven method to help reduce migraines and tension headaches. Regular care can help eliminate unnatural tension in your body, bringing long-lasting benefits such as headache relief.
5. Boosted reproductive health
Your nervous system plays a role in your ability to get pregnant, and chiropractors can address interference in your nervous system. The American Pregnancy Association recommends chiropractic care as an option to help enhance your body’s function if you’re having trouble getting pregnant.
It’s safe to receive chiropractic treatment while you’re pregnant, too. Chiropractic can contribute to overall pregnancy wellness and help reduce common discomfort.
Chiropractic care is a low-risk therapy that can help your body work better — whether you have back pain or not. To learn more about how customized chiropractic treatment can improve your life, call Today’s Integrative Health in Rockville, Maryland, or use our convenient online appointment request form.