Tuesday, June 21, 2016

5 Benefits of Chiropractic

If you’ve never seen a chiropractor, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. All you do is get your back cracked, right? You could get your brother to shake you up and down a little if that’s all it is.

But of course that’s not “all it is.” Chiropractic is a highly sophisticated set of body mechanic adjustments that allow the musculoskeletal system to behave more fluidly. Every team in the NFL has a staff chiropractor because of how much more quickly injured players heal after a treatment.

Let’s look at five ways a chiropractic visit can make your life easier.

1. Sciatica Relief
Because sciatica is largely a spine disorder, chiropractic has seen great success in treating it with spinal manipulation. Doctors like the team at the Dr. Gil Center in Franklin, Tennessee, know how to move the vertebrae and hips in such a manner that pressure is taken off the sciatic nerve. This pressure is what pinches the nerves and sends shooting pain down your legs. In fact, chiropractic’s hands-on approach has seen a 72% success rate in treating sciatica, over the 20% success rate in physical therapy and 50% success for steroid injections.

2. Headache Relief
Headaches and migraines are one of the most common complaints of patients in the U.S. Chiropractors treat them almost as often as they treat back pain. In fact, over 250 National Institute of Health articles espouse the ability of chiropractic to not only treat headaches, but to prevent them as well. Some patients have seen a reduction in headache pain by as much as 90% after chiropractic treatment.

3. Frozen Shoulder Release
Although no matter what treatment you receive for frozen should is going to take time, chiropractic has seen dramatic reduction in healing time of patients with a frozen shoulder. In fact, in one study, 16 of the 50 subjects were completely healed of their frozen shoulders, and half of the total group saw as much as a 90% improvement in mobility.

4. Halt Scoliosis Progression
For years, children showing signs of severe scoliosis have had to wear a back brace to prevent its
progression. Chiropractic, however, in combination with physical therapy, has turned that on its head. Children can now see a chiropractor and keep up with a muscle strengthening routine in order to prevent their back muscles from pulling the spine into the telltale S curve that solidifies in adulthood. Some patients have even seen a small reduction in curvature in adulthood.

5. Improve Athletic Performance
We mentioned above that the NHL has a chiropractor on staff with each team. This is also true for the NBA and MLB. Chiropractors are becoming more and more on demand with sports teams because of how quickly players bounce back from injuries. The reason is simple: chiropractic immediately improves the function of the musculoskeletal system through a series of adjustments. It can also prepare athletes for better performance by keeping their spines in alignment, ultimately preventing injury.

Have you ever found relief at a chiropractor?
Are you a sciatica sufferer, have frequent headaches, have a frozen shoulder, need help with a scoliosis, or have a sports injury? For any of these purposes, chiropractic is the solution. There are a ton of other benefits that we haven’t mentioned—so go see for yourself what chiropractic can do for you.

Have you ever found relief at a chiropractor’s office? Was your spine manipulated back into function, or was a pain problem resolved? We want to hear about it! Leave us a comment in the comment box below.

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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