In 1895, Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian with a keen interest in alternative medicine discovered the benefits of manipulating the spine and triggering the nervous system in order to encourage self healing rather than treating symptoms by way of medication or surgery.
Modern chiropractors believe that the human body possesses an innate ability to, under the correct conditions, heal and recuperate itself. They help create these conditions by ensuring that the spine is properly aligned allowing the nervous system to carry out its work.
This is done through what are referred to as ‘chiropractic adjustments’ to target ‘vertebral subluxation’.
Vertical subluxation is what occurs when the spinal bones are slightly dislocated or misaligned due to stress. The stress can be caused by any number of things from consistent poor posture, trauma, sitting for too long etc. This in turn disrupts the nerve impulses that control your entire body.
Chiropractic adjustments are strategic, mechanical pressures that are applied to specific parts of the body to naturally realign the spinal bones. When the spine is properly aligned, the nervous system’s communication with the rest of the body can be renewed.
Think of anytime someone suffers from headaches, neck pain, ear infection, or even blood pressure. Generally, the first step one takes to help treat any of these ailments would be to visit the doctor and have them recommend some form of over the counter or prescription medication.
Chiropractic care is often not even considered when it should be and here are the top three reasons why:
1. Treats more than just aches and pains
The benefits of chiropractic care are far more versatile than you may think. While it is an excellent solution to problems such as muscle spasms, neck pain, and joint pain, chiropractic assessment and treatment has been proven to target a myriad of other issues that are seemingly unrelated to the spine.
Headaches and migraines, for example, are frequently managed by chiropractors. There have been numerous cases wherein patients receiving chiropractic care also experienced improved mood, stress relief, better posture, having more energy, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.
Pregnant women can also benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Chiropractors can help relieve them of pregnancy related pains including sciatica and sleep deprivation.
Athletes also experience improved performance when they seek regular chiropractic care. It relieves muscle stress, speeds up recovery, helps reduce inflammation, betters pulmonary function, and can directly address various physical injuries such as sprains, dislocations, strains, and tendonitis.
Studies also show that chiropractic can improve neurological conditions, respiratory issues, vertigo, anxiety, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, as well as ailments affecting infants and toddlers such as ear infections and colic.
The man who discovered chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, was the pioneer of treating ailments that seemed wildly unrelated to this form of treatment. While pondering the connectivity between the spine and nerve functions, he received two separate patients suffering from two very different ailments. The first was a janitor by the name of Harvey Lillard who had sustained an injury that caused one of his vertebrae to dislodge and a simultaneous loss of hearing in one ear. The second patient suffered from heart troubles. In both cases, when Palmer realigned their spines, there was an immediate change. Lillard recuperated his hearing, and the other patient was relieved of his heart trouble.
2. Non invasive and natural
Chiropractic is an excellent method of surgery prevention. As such, it requires no opening up of the body or recovery from the treatment itself.
Surgery is an important and sometimes necessary option when treating certain issues, but it is not the only one. Chiropractic is often overlooked but can sometimes work just as well, if not better, than surgery can.
Surgery often involves anaesthetics, hours in the operating room, multiple medications, and plenty of bedrest. Not to mention, there is always a certain degree of risk involved.
The targeted pressure or movement referred to as chiropractic adjustments are fairly quick, and relatively painless. As the focus of chiropractic is to enhance the body’s own ability to heal, there are also no medications involved. It’s also comforting to know that there is no risk of becoming infected, septic, suffering from side effects, etc.
3. Complementary and compound treatment
One of the greatest benefits of chiropractic care is that they will try to treat you as a person instead of simply targeting certain symptoms. To that end, many of them, including this Los Angeles chiropractor, have massage therapy and physical therapy available within their offices.
They also tend to be well connected in the medical and holistic community which allows them to recommend you to other trustworthy professionals that may be able to treat you better.
What’s more, many chiropractors are well versed in nutrition and exercises that can help you manage certain conditions at home. When it comes to modern day back and neck pain, sitting down for extended periods of time and being hunched over computers are very big contributors. Chiropractors can offer ergonomic ideas to make minor changes at home and at the office to help relieve pain.
Owing to the fact that chiropractic is non surgical, and involves no chemicals, it can easily complement other forms of treatment. If you are suffering from chronic pain, chiropractic can be safely utilized in conjunction with oral medication or other therapies to help combat that. it is important that all your healthcare professionals are well aware of any and all treatment you receive, preferably beforehand.
Despite decades of groundbreaking research and discoveries, the human body remains somewhat of a mystery. What is true is that our bodies are like machines. Machines that are not well oiled, or well taken care of start to cause problems over time. Something as simple as getting a regular work up, ensuring everything is functioning as it should be, does a world of good.
Things that may seem inconsequential like bad posture, small back spasms or headaches actually significantly affect the quality of life. Just one session of chiropractic care has been known to improve people’s lives in ways they may not even have known needed improving.
You don’t have to understand something fully in order to reap the benefits. It is, however, comforting to know that something is completely natural, non invasive, non medicinal, and has been known for effectively treating all manner of ailments.
Have you ever had a chiropractic adjustment? Are you critic turned believer? Are you pondering booking a session? Let us know in the comments below!