Chiropractic care is often thought of as being purely a solution for back problems. While there’s no getting away from the fact that it is an excellent treatment for back pain, mobility problems and other issues affecting the musculoskeletal system, it has also been shown to be a highly successful way of improving your overall health and wellbeing. Here are just a few of the ways in which chiropractic promotes overall wellness.
We rely on our immune system to fight off potentially harmful diseases that we encounter. Therefore, it’s important for our overall wellness that it is firing on all cylinders all of the time. When our immune system senses a hostile substance or dangerous cell changes, it releases antibodies to fight them. The stronger our immune system is, the more efficiently it works to protect us from harm. One of the best ways to strengthen our immune system and ensure that it is working properly is to make sure that our spine is in proper alignment. Our spine protects the spinal cord – an integral part of our central nervous system which controls all body functions, including our immune system. As a result, reducing pressure on the spinal cord has a knock-on effect on all other elements of our wellness including making us better able to ward off disease and illness.
Stress is a virtually unavoidable part of our day to day existence, but you may not realize quite how bad it can be for your health. Experts have found that coping with persistently high levels of stress can cause patients to experience very real physical symptoms, including high blood pressure, tension headaches, TMJ disorder, muscle pain, insomnia and more. Much of the tension that occurs when we are stressed is held in the muscles of the body. Permanently tense muscles are painful and debilitating. Chiropractic care techniques such as trigger point therapy and massage can be used to release pockets of pressure in the body, so much so that patients state that they can physically feel the tension leaving them during their treatment. Such techniques have the added benefit of stimulating neurotransmitters that help to counteract stress hormones and enable us to feel good – such as oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.
Do you wake up feeling tired? Is it hard to get going in the morning? Does your brain feel sluggish and slow? Good quality and quantity sleep are essential for us to function properly each day. Without enough of it, we can experience a range of symptoms, including:
Irritability and mood swings
Difficulty coping with even menial tasks and issues
Low sex drive
Brain fog/confusion which makes it difficult to do everyday tasks
A greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
A greater risk of being involved in an accident as a result of being tired and its cognitive effects
A greater risk of obesity, which is a contributor in a range of serious health problems
Chiropractic care may not be your first thought when trying to overcome sleep issues, but studies have shown that regular appointments can be hugely beneficial for developing a sleep position and sleep pattern that is easy to maintain and that ensures that you get a good night’s sleep.
For more information on how chiropractic care can promote overall wellness and help you to enjoy life to the full, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team ReAlign Chiropractic at (773) 917-0900.