8 Ways Chiropractic Therapy Can Help You
For many people, the term “chiropractic therapy” is surrounded by a lot of myth and misinformation. There are many out there who don’t really know what chiropractors do, other than some vague idea of cracking people’s necks and alleviating a stiff joint or two. The truth is, chiropractic care involves a lot of different sorts of treatments, but with different sorts of benefits, as well. Here are some of the most common benefits of chiropractic therapy.
1. Pain Management
The benefit people are most aware of is that chiropractic therapy can help manage pain. Whether the pain comes from poor posture, a pinched nerve or a condition like scoliosis, going to a chiropractor can help bring your pain levels down to a much more manageable level.
2. Reduced Medication
Normally, when we feel pain, we treat it with medication. It could be aspirin, ibuprofen or even something stronger -- but regardless of what it is, it’s still taking medicine. While medicine has positive effects, it can also have negative ones, as well. Even seemingly innocuous medicine can have ill effects that should be avoided.
Many people would rather find other, more natural ways to deal with pain, and chiro is one of those ways. When you manage your pain with chiropractic care, you get the benefits of medicine without putting chemicals into your system that you might not want to be there.
3. Treating the Cause, Not the Symptom
One of the biggest complaints about modern medicine and its reliance on medication is that often doctors are only treating symptoms. Sure, pills can take away the pain, but in the end, the thing causing the pain is still active -- and a temporary fix will not get rid of it.
Chiropractic therapy, however, is a treatment that not only manages pain but can also fix the underlying cause of the pain at the same time. The goal of this therapy is not to get rid of the pain; the goal is to fix the problem that’s causing the pain.
4. Personalized Therapy
Another great aspect of chiropractic care is that it is, by definition, a personalized therapy plan. Regardless of the problems that lead you to seek care, your chiropractor cannot approach you with a “one size fits all” plan. If you present with back pain, the chiropractor has to determine the cause of your particular pain and treat it accordingly. He or she can not use the same treatment that someone with mobility issues, a headache or sciatica would need. In fact, other patients with back pain might not even receive the same treatment, since there can be many causes of back pain, each of which needs to be approached differently.
5. Helps Improve Joint Function
Even though we’ve been talking about pain management, this is certainly not the only benefit of chiropractic therapy. Because the spine is the central structure of the body, so to speak, a correctly aligned spine is crucial for the rest of the body to function properly. When a spine is misaligned, it can have serious consequences on your joints. This can lead to a multitude of problems, including difficulty doing even basic tasks such as walking, sitting or bending over. Chiropractic therapy can help keep your spine aligned, which can help keep the rest of your body in better condition.
6. High Blood Pressure
Chiropractic therapy has been shown to help reduce blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension. High blood pressure can lead to a multitude of symptoms, including dizziness, fatigue and nausea. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce hypertension, which in turn can help reduce these and other symptoms.
When you think of spine-related conditions, one of those that spring to mind quickest is scoliosis. This condition causes people to suffer from an increasingly curved spine. This can eventually lead to problems including pain, poor posture and even difficulty walking. Chiropractic therapy, in addition to physical therapy, has shown to be an effective preventative treatment. While it might not make a case of scoliosis better, it can help stop the progression of the condition in some patients.
9. Helps With Other Conditions
Because the correct alignment of the spine is necessary for a body to function correctly, there are numerous other conditions that can benefit from chiropractic care. These include such things as fertility issues, headaches, stomach problems and ear infections. All of these conditions and their symptoms can benefit from proper chiropractic care.
If you would like to know more about how chiropractic therapy can benefit you and your specific condition, why not schedule a consult with Dr. Apps today? Click here to schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Apps.