Do you think chiropractic care is only for back and neck pain?
Then think again!
Because in addition to back and neck pain, chiropractic care has advantages spanning far beyond relief from joint and muscle pain.
But don’t take my word for it…
Dr. Kevin Mikalaitis, D.C. of Align Chiropractic Center says…
“Most patients that initially come to my office suffer from back or neck pain. But they’re always surprised to learn that chiropractic care can help a range of conditions from allergies and digestion to even the common cold.”
Here are Dr. Kevin Mikalaitis’s six shocking benefits of chiropractic care…
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
1. Boosts Immunity
Viruses and bacteria don’t affect people all the same.
If a sick child goes to school, all the kids will be exposed to that virus; however not every child will automatically develop symptoms. And whether they catch the virus is dependent upon the strength of the immune system.
A strong and healthy immune system should be able to fend off most bacterial or viral intruders.
The nervous system controls and regulates organ, tissue and cell functions in your body. If a person has “subluxation” – or misaligned bone in their spine – it could interfere with their nervous system and weaken the immune system.
By receiving a chiropractic adjustment the subluxation is corrected and proper nerve supply is restored.
When the immune system is free of nerve interference, the organs, tissues and cells can function optimally.
Studies have shown that people who use chiropractic care regularly have fewer colds; and when they do the symptoms are less severe.
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2. Improves Digestion
The nerves that run through the thoracic spine control the stomach and stomach functions.
If the vertebrae of this mid-back region are subluxated, the irritation of these nerves will distort messages between the brain and body, causing erratic nerve impulses to the stomach increasing acid production.
Heartburn, acid reflux, gas, bloating, or a combination of these.
Chiropractic adjustments remove misalignments that may be impinging nerves, which normalizes nerve flow often eliminating stomach issues.
3. Increases Energy
Your body’s energy flow will become blocked if your spinal bones are locked AND when the neck and back muscles are tense. Sore, tense muscles are the result of joints not moving freely, causing all the muscles around the joint to contract and spasm.
Imagine your back is a water hose bent it in half…
The water flow through the hose is interrupted and blocked, right?
Well it’s the same thing with your nerve supply running through your back.
By repositioning the joints to their proper place, the muscles relax and energy can flow freely through your body.
Many chiropractic patients report feeling an increase in energy as well as an overall sense of relaxation after receiving an adjustment.
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4. Reduces Blood Pressure
A WebMD research study concluded that a chiropractic care adjustment of the first cervical vertebrae in the neck to be as equally effective as taking TWO blood pressure medications simultaneously.
The best part?
There are no negative side effects.
It works by freeing up the nerve supply to the heart. Since the spinal nerves in the upper neck help regulate blood pressure, any nerve obstruction in this area can lead to hypertension.
A specific manipulation called the “atlas adjustment” has shown remarkable effects on lowering and stabilizing blood pressure.
5. Controls Asthma
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airway passages. Asthma is typically characterized by recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.
Chiropractic is not a cure for asthma, however many people with asthma report improvement after receiving chiropractic care.
The diaphragm and lungs are regulated by nerves that travel through your spinal cord. The nerve impulses responsible for lung function leave the brain, travel down the spinal cord and exit the mid-cervical and thoracic regions of the spine. Misalignments in these areas of the spine can cause the lungs to function abnormally.
By correcting these subluxations, proper nerve supply is restored to the lungs.
A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results of chiropractic care on 81 children with asthma.
A 45% decrease in the number of asthma attacks AND 31% chose to voluntarily decrease their medication.
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6. Promotes a Healthier Pregnancy
Not only is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe… it is beneficial and highly recommended!
During pregnancy, significant hormonal and physical changes occur that affect the function of the nervous system.
An increase in weight puts tremendous stress on the joints and forces the body to compensate often leading to a destabilized spine.
Pain and discomfort, particularly in the low back and pelvis.
The good news is that studies have shown that 84% of pregnant patients receiving pre-natal chiropractic care have found relief from back pain.
In addition, patients under chiropractic care throughout the duration of their pregnancy have on average a 31% shorter labor time.
For women in the eighth month of pregnancy showing a breech position, a specific chiropractic method called the Webster’s Technique has had a 92% success rate in resolving the breech position.
Regular chiropractic care affords a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery for both mother and baby. It stimulates the nervous system to facilitate proper functioning of your reproductive organs, thus supporting the needs of your baby throughout pregnancy and during delivery.
Low back pain has often been described as an inevitable complication of pregnancy; with regular chiropractic care, it no longer has to be!
Chiropractic care helps more than just back and neck pains… It’s helps maintain a properly functioning spine and the integrity of the nervous system is essential for overall good health.
So can you really afford not to..
Get you chiropractic check up to ensure good spinal hygiene and a healthy functioning nervous system?
About the authors: Dr. Kevin Mikalaitis and Mercedes Mikalaitis are the proud owners of Align Chiropractic Center - a full-service chiropractic office in Longmont, Colorado. They’ve helped thousands of patients support a better quality of life - including the founders of Trekity!
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