Our spines act as the pillar that supports our body, allowing us to stand, move and resist vertical pressure. It also functions as a messenger system, letting signals travel down the spinal cord to control movement and organ function. It is the cornerstone that provides support and connects the disparate parts of our body to our central nervous system.
In other words, it is one of the most important parts of the human body that allows us to move through everyday life. However, because it is so foundational it is often overlooked for care and maintenance, people going years with back pain or migraines before investigating what its root causes might be.
The main purpose of chiropractic care is to treat vertebral subluxations, which are misalignments in the spine such as a spinal disc out of place. These can be caused by things like trauma, poor posture or tight muscles pulling the vertebrae out of place. Chiropractic care uses a combination of controlled adjustments to help to realign the spine and bring healthy function and movement back to the body.
These treatments come with a host of benefits for a number of chronic conditions and can be vital for improving vitality and performance. Some of these benefits include:
Perhaps the most famous benefit of chiropractic care is its legendary ability to treat chronic pain such as sciatica, lower back pain and neck pain. The modern lifestyle often means that we are sitting in a chair all day, causing serious issues to our back due to poor posture or pressure on the nerves and joints in our spine. Chiropractic care can help relieve this pressure, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain related to spinal misalignment.
Encourages Natural Recovery
One of the cornerstones of chiropractic care is that it encourages the body to begin healing itself. After realigning the neck and spine, the body is given the opportunity to recover and take over its own healing. This means that chiropractic care doesn’t rely on drugs, surgery or invasive procedures, but works to create the right conditions for the body to repair itself.
Enhances Performance in Everyday Life
Your central nervous system and spine control every part of your body. They are connected to the muscles, bones, nerves, tissues and organs, meaning that improving the health and strength of the spine affects every part of your life. This can mean sleeping better due to reduced pain, easing the discomfort of pregnancy and even improved athletic ability due to increased spinal and core support.
Expert Treatment of Chronic Issues
One thing that chiropractic care excels at is treating chronic conditions that are related to the central nervous system. Some of the issues that it might be able to help with include:
- Headaches and migraines: Much like back and neck pain headaches and migraines can be caused by pressure in the spine that can be relieved by chiropractic care.
- Ear infections: Chiropractic care can help relax the muscles surrounding the Eustachian tubes to allow for proper drainage and boost recovery.
- Gastrointestinal issues: Realigning the spine can help reconnect the nerves in the gut to the brain and improve gastrointestinal function.
- Chronic back issues: while already discussed this is where chiropractic care shines by relieving nerve pressure, muscle tension and spine misalignment and bringing function and movement back to spinal areas.