What Are The Benefits of Chiropractic Care?
There are many benefits that have been linked to chiropractic
care. The most obvious are pain relief from acute or repetitive injuries, usually manifesting as pain in the back
or as headaches, but the list does not end there.
Chiropractic care seeks to treat the cause of a problem and not
just the symptoms. The benefit of this is that you really get to the root of the problem. By treating the condition
that causes the symptoms instead of the symptoms themselves, chiropractors can eliminate all the symptoms that the
condition produces. The benefits of such an approach are extensive. It would be best to begin an understanding of
the results of chiropractic care with a basic exploration of the common problems that cause patients to seek out
chiropractic care and how these problems may benefit from such care.
The topic of pain relief covers many areas of the body. It
may begin with headaches and extend to a discussion of back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. Every case is unique
so only a cursory explanation can be given, but this will help you to understand the general concept and principles
Back pain, for instance, is more complicated than whether you have
it or not. It may be located in different parts of the back. The pain may also be a dull feeling of discomfort or a
sharp pain. You must also take into consideration if the pain is a constant presence or if it only appears when
certain positions are assumed.
The severity of the pain is another factor. It may be a mild
feeling of discomfort, or it may be agony. The pain may exist independently or it may coexist with numbness or
Pain without tingling or numbness may be caused by spinal joint
inflammation, muscle tears, poor posture, or improper lumbar curve. This is not an exhaustive list, but it allows
you to see how what may seem to be a simple problem could be caused by a number of different conditions. Excess
weight, especially around the midsection, can contribute to postural problems and may cause or worsen back
Pain with tingling may be caused by disc bulges, disc
degeneration, or herniated discs. These are only a few possible causes. Numbness or a tingling sensation is not
natural in the body especially if said numbness is prolonged.
The treatment of back pain may include adjustments that seek to
stretch the muscles and increase the range of motion of joints. These actions can diminish pain and any tension in
the muscles while increasing a patient’s mobility. The patient may also require additional therapy to strengthen
the surrounding muscles, but chiropractic care alone can often reduce the patient’s suffering and increase
Headaches are often thought of as a problem requiring some over
the counter medication and then continuing with your day. They may, however, be caused by poor spinal alignment and
can often be improved with the help of chiropractic acre. They, too, can have a myriad of causes and can range from
mild headaches to migraines.
The use of chiropractic care to ameliorate symptoms is often
effective for patients who suffer from headaches. In some cases, muscles at the base of the neck clench and tighten
which can create tension in the neck and may be a contributing factor to headaches. Chiropractic care can intervene
and often provide relief from the pain and tension associated with headaches.
Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, acute trauma, or
degeneration. The lack of proper posture in the work place is an increasingly seen cause of neck problems and pain
problems in general. Computer screens especially cause people to put their heads into awkward positions. A computer
screen that is not properly placed forces an individual to tilt their head at an awkward angle and often forces
them to do so for a prolonged period of time on a daily basis. Over time, this poor positioning is bound to create
problems. The weight of the head is significant and can easily strain the muscles of the neck if the weight is not
distributed equally as it is when an individual’s posture is correct.
Chiropractic care can help to relieve pain and restore lost range
of motion in the neck, allowing the patient to return to a natural position where the head is resting upon the neck
and not leaning forward placing further undue strain on the neck. To maintain these results, the faulty ergonomics
of the workplace will have to be fixed.
Shoulder pain is another injury centered on a joint that may very
well benefit from chiropractic intervention. These injuries are made all the more important by the fact that people
use their arms constantly in daily life. Shoulder pain may be cause by tendonitis, muscle tears, ligament tears,
and any other of a number of conditions.
Injuries to the shoulder tend to be caused by a clearly
identifiable traumatic experience although this is not always the case. Some shoulder injuries occur without a
clear precipitating event.
Chiropractic treatments for shoulder injuries can prove helpful
and are often used in conjunction with other healing modalities such as massage therapy. The joint and muscles must
also undergo rehabilitation as the limited use experienced after the injury will necessitate it. To work towards
healing the injury and then to return as much of the former joint mobility and strength as possible will probably
require a combination of differing treatment modalities.