When people think of the chiropractor, they often imagine getting their back manipulated or neck adjusted. While this can seem intimidating, the benefits of chiropractic care extend beyond making sure your body is properly aligned.
Reduces Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is the second most common reason Americans visit their doctor and seek treatment from a chiropractor. Chiropractic care may be a good alternative to treating back pain, opposed to more invasive treatments like surgery or steroid injections. Spinal adjustments can significantly reduce back pain and improve the patient’s range of motion, coordination, and overall physical function.
It is also encouraged to try other non-medication treatment options like yoga or aquatic exercise, which can help reduce the stress off your joints while simultaneously strengthening your muscles.
Provides Headache and Stress Relief
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache that originates in your neck. While some may describe it as feeling like there is a tight band around their forehead, most tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions in the head and neck regions. They can also be brought on by stress and bad posture.
Manipulation of the cervical and upper thoracic spinal is proven to be effective at treating tension headaches. In addition to adjusting your neck, your chiropractor might also give you stretching exercises and natural ways to reduce stress to prevent future headaches.
Back and neck misalignment can also result in migraine headaches. By regularly seeing the chiropractor, your need for migraine medication will decrease.
Eases Whiplash and Neck Pain
Whiplash is a neck strain that is often the result of a car accident. Any activity that causes the neck to bend front-to-back or side-to-side suddenly can cause whiplash. Symptoms typically include immediate pain followed by neck stiffness. The pain may worsen if you try to turn your head. A chiropractic adjustment may help alleviate these symptoms and allow you to regain mobility in your neck.
Individuals who work desk jobs or spend most of their day seated may experience hyperkyphosis, more commonly recognized as “hunchback posture.” When your supportive muscles weaken, other surrounding muscles may have more tension, pulling your shoulders or spine into an unnatural position.
With proper manipulation, chiropractors can release the muscles and provide strengthening exercises to help you maintain better posture. Unfortunately, reminding yourself to sit up straighter will not cure the root cause of the issue behind your poor posture. Tools like ergonomic chairs and proper stretches are also effective in supporting your spine and keeping your posture nice and straight.
Enhances Physical Function and Performance
Chiropractic care is not just for the neck and back. Doctors of Chiropractic can treat your head and jaws, shoulders, elbows and wrists, hips and pelvis, as well as your knees and ankles. Chiropractic care has also been proven to help women ease their pregnancy symptoms and athletes to improve their range of motion. Other benefits may include lowering high blood pressure and reducing pain-causing inflammation.
When the body is aligned correctly and its central nervous system functions properly, you will experience better overall functioning. Regular chiropractic care can increase joint mobility, reduce pain, and result in less tissue restriction, enhancing your daily activities.
How COR Medical Centers Can Help
If you are experiencing chronic or acute pain, chiropractic care is a great way to experience immediate relief. At COR Medical Centers, our chiropractic care team can treat pain related to slip and fall accidents, auto accident injuries, and work-related injuries.
Call (844) 885-5527 to speak with one of our specialists today!