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10 Reasons to See a Chiropractor

Many individuals looking to improve their health and well-being are choosing to see a chiropractor. A chiropractor is a doctor who has skills and experience in helping patients deal with various health issues by utilizing an integrative, holistic approach. Some individuals visit a chiropractor after failing to see desired results from other medical options. Other individuals prefer to see a chiropractor as a healthy, all-natural, drug-free alternative to other traditional medicine and therapies. There are numerous health benefits to getting chiropractic care. Below are ten reasons to see a chiropractor to improve your health and well-being.

1. Persistent Back Pain

Especially as we get older, back pain that is chronic or persistent is a common medical complaint that many individuals suffer from. Pain may be caused by various reasons, ranging from poor posture, or from heavy lifting to more severe injuries. Pain is often caused by a spine that is out of alignment. A chiropractor can perform spinal realignment, which often results in a reduction of pain without medication. In addition, poor posture, excess body weight, strained ligaments and muscles, and ruptured disks may all lead to chronic back pain. A chiropractor may offer many different treatment options to alleviate back pain. Spinal manipulation has been medically noted in the Journal of the American Medical Association as an effective alternative to pain medication when treating back pain.

2.  Stress Relief

Many individuals may not know that chiropractic care may assist with physical and emotional relief, including relieving stress from the body. Chiropractic care can lead to a well-adjusted, healthy body that can relieve stress and lead to better sleep. This is because the nervous system works by sending signals between the brain and different regions of the body, and when the spine is not in proper alignment, the effects will be apparent throughout the whole body. When stress builds, physical manifestations may be seen through nerve compressions, muscle imbalances, and a misaligned spine, leading to further anxiety and sleeplessness. As the spine is the core of the central nervous system connecting the entire body, chiropractic treatments may relieve these conditions. A chiropractor can help you find relief and get you back to living life to its fullest.

3. Improving Posture

In today’s modern age, it is becoming increasingly easy to suffer from poor posture leading to further health issues. Prolonged computer use, poor sleeping positions, awkward sitting positions, and too much texting may all lead to misalignment of the spine and neck. In addition, different habits and activities may lead to unwanted curvature of the spine. Chiropractors help with posture improvement. A chiropractor will perform treatments that will help realign the spine and neck, relieve pain, and improve posture.

4. Improved Immune System

Your overall health and immune system are connected to your nervous system which affects different regions of the body. If your nervous system fails to work as it should or fails to effectively receive signals vital for its proper functioning, your immune system and overall health will be negatively affected. Chiropractic treatments help improve the immune system and lead to faster recovery times from illness or injury, naturally. If you are struggling to recover from an illness or injury, it is a good time to contact a chiropractor.

5. Treating Whiplash

When involved in a car collision, it is very common to suffer from a condition known as whiplash. This medical condition occurs when the neck is jolted rapidly back and forth, causing ligaments, tendons, and muscles to become strained. In addition, whiplash may impact spinal alignment, particularly in the cervical area. After a car accident, chiropractic care is an effective way to treat a whiplash injury and ensure that you recover as quickly as possible. Additionally, if you suffer from any other chronic neck pain, you may benefit from chiropractic treatment.

6. Treating Headaches

While a common malady, headaches can become seriously disruptive to your work and general enjoyment of life. Headaches may range from dull and throbbing to debilitating and nausea-causing. Although headaches may stem from various causes ranging from foods, lights, noises, odors, neck injury, hormones, medications, or other health issues, chiropractic care can effectively treat a range of headaches stemming from different causes. In 2014, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that chiropractic care could reduce pain and the occurrence of headaches and migraines.

7. Treating Behavioral Disorders

Studies have shown that chiropractic care may be a promising option in ADHD management and in managing other behavioral and brain disorders. While ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) has known treatments and medications, not all treatments are effective for all individuals, or drug therapies may cause unwanted side effects. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective alternative to traditional medications and treatments or may be used in conjunction with other treatments. For example, one research study indicated that a 5-year-old boy saw improvement in his ADHD symptoms after receiving one year of spinal therapy, soft tissue therapy, and stretching from a chiropractor. Many individuals have seen positive results relating to mood and management of behavioral-disorder-related symptoms through chiropractic therapy.

8. Pregnancy

When pregnant, the extra weight carried from the baby or babies, associated retained fluids, and any additional gained weight may contribute to health issues such as back pain, a misaligned pelvis, ligament pain, sciatica, or undue stress on the uterus and supporting ligaments. These ailments may lead to more severe issues such as preterm labor or breech birth. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to promote proper pelvis alignment and reduce stress on the uterus. Receiving regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to optimal baby positioning and easy delivery for both mother and baby. You should discuss chiropractic care with your OB/GYN before receiving treatment.

9. Sports Performance

Whether engaging in low-impact or contact sports, athletes tend to put a lot of stress on their bodies. Whether through repetitive motion, contact with others or objects, sprains, strains, broken bones, or stress on joints, sports often leave an impact. Therefore, many athletes, whether professional or hobbyist, seek chiropractic care such as soft tissue or spinal manipulative therapy, along with other treatments to encourage healing and quicker recovery times. In fact, many athletic programs at high school, college, and professional levels include chiropractic care within their training programs.

10. Car Accidents

After a car accident, it is essential to ensure that your injuries are effectively diagnosed and treated to restore you best back to optimal physical and emotional health as quickly as possible. Common injuries that may be sustained in a collision include whiplash, neck and back pain, and soft tissue injuries. Car accidents may cause lasting pain or pain that may not appear for some time down the road. It is essential to visit a chiropractor soon after an accident to assess injuries and create a treatment plan. Your doctor will help relieve your pain, restore mobility, improve range of motion and flexibility, and speed up the healing process.

For more reasons to see a chiropractor and to receive an individualized care plan catered to your needs, visit Atlas Total Health. You can call (866) 668-0108 today to schedule an appointment.