Doctor, Are chiropractic adjustments good for you?

Do you know how many people book consultations with a Chiropractor each year? MILLIONS! Yes, you read that right. Even if America is teeming with medical clinics and hospitals that cater to patients of all ages and races, there are still millions who are huge advocates of chiropractic care especially when it comes to treating neck, foot, shoulder and back pain. Individuals who also experience a tingling or numbing sensation in arms, legs and hands often seek the expertise of a chiropractor for treatment and relief.

According to surveys, an estimated 60% of the adult population in America suffer from back and neck pain. The pain had become so severe that they resorted to seeking treatment from health care professionals. The surveys showed that 50% of those who exhibited back pain went to go see a chiropractor. Let’s find out why chiropractic treatment may actually be good for you.

What are chiropractors and what do they do?

Chiropractors are trained and educated to manipulate patient’s spines using a variety of techniques with the aim to relieve pain and improve overall wellbeing. During your first appointment, your chiropractor will perform a physical exam and obtain your health history. They will study your spine to check if the bone density is normal. Those who have low bone density like in the case of patients diagnosed with osteoporosis the treatment will gentler. Chiropractors apply skillful and carefully measured force to a damaged joint to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

One of the common moves that chiropractors perform is high-velocity cervical adjustment. In this procedure, you will be asked to relax your head while your chiropractor does a quick thrust of your head in one direction. You’ve probably seen this in videos online where you’ll hear a snapping sound after which, relief will show on the patient’s face. Another therapeutic maneuver chiropractors do are low-velocity cervical adjustments.

Aside from back pain and neck pain, chiropractors are also known for treating headaches due to nerve irritation. Let’s check out other reasons why chiropractic treatment is good for you.

What are the benefits of chiropractic treatment?

Based on scientific evidence and based on reports made by patients who received chiropractic care, they experienced a faster recovery without the need to take synthetic medications. While medical doctors prescribe medications and perform surgeries and other forms of therapy, chiropractors only do spinal manipulation. Through this treatment done manually using their skilled hands patients are able to naturally heal themselves.

Studies also show that chiropractic treatment has greatly reduced ear infections in children. A lot of children are diagnosed with ear infections each year and the standard treatment for ear infection is to take antibiotics. Do you know that when parents brought their children to a chiropractor their otitis media was permanently treated? This means that chiropractic treatment is effective not just in relieving back and neck pain but also in treating ear infections.

Another known benefit of chiropractic care is it boosts your immune system. When you constantly undergo chiropractic adjustments your body will produce antibodies that will help strengthen your body’s immune response. It’s also believed that chiropractic treatment increases the production of leukocytes in your body that helps fight off diseases.

Other studies show that chiropractic care also helps reduce problems in digestion. Individuals who suffer from digestive problems can find relief by seeing a chiropractor.

Regular chiropractic treatments are also known to reduce blood pressure. So if you are hypertensive you can give this a try instead of relying mostly on medications.

Bottom Line

As you can see, chiropractic care is completely safe as long as you see a licensed chiropractor. It also helps if you do your research so you’ll know what procedures to expect as well as other health benefits of chiropractic care.

Dr. Paul Braadt
Dr. Paul Braadt is a 3rd generation chiropractor and a graduate of the prestigous Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been treating patients for over 35 years in Allentown, PA.

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