#10: Chiropractic Care Treats a Variety of Disorders
Researchers tell us that over 80% of the general population will suffer from one of the great variety of vertebrogenic disorders for certain periods of their life. Vertebrogenic disorders mean disorders of the body that are caused in whole or in part by spinal faults. In addition to pain and discomfort in the neck and back, these disorders include tension headaches, migraine headaches, dizziness, neuralgia, pain in the shoulders and arms, certain types of pain in the chest and abdomen, pain in the hips, knees and legs (sciatica), disc disorders, certain digestive disorders and problems with menstrual cycles. The connection between these seemingly unrelated conditions and the spine is that the nerves, which serve all areas of the body, can be irritated directly or indirectly by spinal disorders.
#9: Chiropractic Alleviates Pain
Chiropractors address the underlying cause of pain including
arm and leg pain, pain from motor vehicle injuries, arthritis, lower back pain, bursitis, neck pain, disc degeneration, shoulder pain, elbow pain, spinal degeneration, foot and ankle pain, whiplash, herniated disc pain, headaches, sports injuries, migraines, carpal tunnel, knee pain, hip pain and pain from disc bulge by treating the cause, not covering the symptoms. Quite often, those painful conditions are linked to dysfunctional areas in the spine known as vertebral subluxations - where movement is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned. Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations and this often alleviates the pain.
#8 Chiropractic Improves Productivity
Since Chiropractic care keeps you healthier, you will also find your efficiency increases. For example, lower back pain associated with sitting for hours in ergonomically incorrect chairs also is linked to an increase in muscle effort and disc pressure. A 2006 study published in the Spine Journal related lower back pain to work absence and higher medical costs. In a review of 250 employees receiving workers compensation for low back pain, patients receiving spinal adjustments experienced greater reductions of pain and disability. This translated into a faster return to work and lower therapeutic costs.
#7 Chiropractic Boosts Cognitive Function
In a study mapping the brain activity of 500 adult volunteers before and after chiropractic adjustment of the neck and spine, researchers found that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function (JMPT 2007;20:529). In a 2005 New Zealand study researches showed evidence of cervical spinal joint dysfuction's relation to impaired cortical processing. After chiropractic adjustments, subjects showed improved cortical processing and response selection (JMPT 2005;25:502-7).
#6 Chiropractic Boosts Immunity and Prevents Other Conditions
A powerful immune system is the key component of chiropractic's all natural approach. Scientific research since 1991 have revealed a link between regularly scheduled chiropractic care and immune response status. Another 1991 study revealed that chiropractic adjustments bots levels of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes - white blood cells associated with healthy immune system. Chiropractic care was also shown to improve other aspects of health and quality of life (JVSR 2006 1-6).
#5 Chiropractic Reduces Stress
Preliminary research indicates that chiropractic adjustments may ease depressive symptoms by increasing endorphins. "It has been long speculated that chiropractic interventions may affect mental health" say the researchers who performed the study. (JVSR 2005: 1-4) Furthermore, chiropractic care reduces stress by allowing the body to achieve balance. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, chiropractic care keeps patients free of impairments to regular exercise, a key to reducing stress and preventing stress related anxiety and depression.
#4 Chiropractic Care Encourages Physical Activity
As stated previously, chiropractic care keeps patients free of impairments to regular exercise. New patients will often find that beginning care is a jump start to a healthier lifestyle simply because they can move more easily with less pain. Many patients report improved function and an increased ability to maintain a regular exercise program.
#3 Chiropractic Reduces Dependency on Medications
People who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to overuse medication. Overuse of medication, even over the counter medication can have dangerous side effects. In particular many commonly overused medications may cause gastrointestinal problems, rebound reactions and damage to vital organs.
#2 Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality
Chiropractic patients often enjoy improved quality of life, including sleep quality. This is due to a reduction in pain and anxiety which often interferes with sleep patterns. Improved sleep enhances immunity and the ability to fight disease.
#1 Chiropractic Adds Life and Improves Structural Wellness
Regular chiropractic care instills patients with a sense of "health-confidence" and self-confidence. Your posture can speak for you before you even say a word. When a person stands upright, they carry an air of confidence. Chiropractic patients learn to take charge of their own well-being, and in turn, increase their longevity and heightening their quality of life.