5 Proven Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Adjustment

In 1895 a natural healing philosopher named  D. D. Palmer noted a spinal bone out of alignment on a partially deaf man named Harvey Lillard. He delivered an adjustment to the affected vertebra to restore the motion and alignment of the spinal bone. The next day Mr. Lillard reported back stating his hearing was restored.

Since that fateful birth-day in chiropractic history, it has slowly emerged as an integral part of the healthcare community with new benefits of regular chiropractic care being discovered with every study conducted.

Below are 5 benefits of utilizing chiropractic care.

1. Reduction in Acute Lower Back Pain

In February 2017 the American College of Physicians (ACP) altered recommendations for care of acute and subacute lower back pain with a heavy emphasis on non-drug therapy such as spinal manipulation – a service that chiropractors and osteopathic doctors are trained to provide.  

Long before this overdue recommendation was emphasized in the medical community, numerous studies within chiropractic have shown that chiropractic care can effectively reduce lower back and neck pain.

2. Increased Spinal Joint Motion

"After spinal joints become immobilized (stuck) for 4 weeks they undergo medium adhesion development..." 

Loss of proper joint motion where spinal bones connect to one another (called a subluxation) can be due to a past or recent injury, or years of repetitive micro-traumas to the spine. The result of this joint motion deficit can lead to inflammation that affects the surrounding joints, discs, and nerves that are all closely housed to one another.

The goal of a chiropractor is to determine the underlying cause of the problem and correct it by restoring the proper motion in the affected joints and making appropriate lifestyle recommendations to prevent it from reoccurring in the future.

3. Improve Aging

A 1996 Rand study found that senior citizens who receive chiropractic care report better overall health, fewer symptomatic chronic conditions, fewer days in the hospital and less arthritis in addition to other benefits.

Other since studies have mirrored these findings indicating that people receiving chiropractic care seem to ‘age’ better when compared to with other US citizens of the same or similar age.

4. Better Sleep

As a practicing chiropractor, I am continuously asking patients about changes they have noticed beyond the relief of their back and neck pain. A very common response to this question is “improved sleep.”

It seems research supports the feedback I receive in the clinical setting. For example, a study conducted by the American Sleep Research Institute found that the test subjects receiving chiropractic care experienced improved subjective sleep quality as measured on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.

5. Improvement in Wellbeing

When you are in pain or your body is not functioning at its best you suffer.  This may cause you not to be able to function optimally at work, to exercise like you want, perform your activities of daily living as well as you need or hundreds of other deficits.

It may affect your posture or ability to sleep which can leave you with decreased energy or mental fatigue which over time can impact your state of wellbeing. 

The good news is that studies show chiropractic care delivers profound and consistent improvements in energy, spinal flexibility, mental and work-related focus, self-esteem and depression.

The ultimate goal of a chiropractor is to detect and correct spinal bones that have become dysfunctional over time, not just put a band-aid the pain or chase symptoms with medications. Check with your local chiropractor to see if his or her services may be of benefit to your spine. 

--

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chiropractic

2. https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/american-college-of-physicians-is...

3. Cramer GD, Henderson CNR. Little JW, et al; Zygapophyseal Joint Adhesions after Induced Hypomobility.  JMPT 2010;33(7); 508

4. Chiropractic Patients in a Comprehensive Home-Based Geriatric Assessment, Follow-up, and Health Promotion Program. Topics In Clinical Chiropractic 1996 (Jun):   3 (2):   46–55

5. Sleep Quality improvement in chiropractic patients: A Pilot Study. American Sleep Research Institute Lincoln, Nebraska March 2010

6. Blanks RH, Boone WR, Schmidt S, Dobson M, Network Care: A retrospective outcomes assessment, 1996

 

Similar Articles

Folding Transport Wheelchair

Wheelchairs are utilised by people the world over for a host of reasons. Some people have temporary injuries that require temporary wheelchair use, while others have permanent disabilities and infirmities that make mobility near-impossible without the aid of a wheelchair.

7 Go-To Sources For Health Information

What does health mean to you? Is it running a really fast 100-meter sprint or a long distance marathon? Is it going 15 rounds in the ring or lifting really heavy deadlifts? Is it being able to twist yourself into poses or just living really long? 

Weight Loss

While losing weight can be challenging we need to whey out all the false myths that have affected our weight reduction. We've looked into, ask our loved ones and additionally attempted diverse methodologies, and yet at the same time don't have any good fortune

Liposuction

What is liposuction, exасtlу? Liроѕuсtiоn iѕ a ѕurgiсаl рrосеdurе dеѕignеd to shape thе bоdу bу rеmоving fat from givеn аrеаѕ. Thеѕе areas include the frоnt stomach area, аrmѕ, сhin, сhееkѕ, соllаr, hips, buttосkѕ, thighs, breasts аnd knееѕ.

Patient engagement

The importance of patient engagement is being discussed in every facet of healthcare.  Care management teams are proactively putting efforts to engage with their patients on a constant basis. An effectively engaged patient does not only help in better health outcomes

Lower Back Pain - Everything You Want to Know

Besides incorporating aerobic, stretching and strengthening exercises to your daily regime, there are also several important guidelines for your lifestyle that can aid in the rehabilitation and the healing process of the lower back pain.

lower back pain relief products

When it comes to back pain, there can be various reasons for it.  We may have a lifestyle which promotes us sitting in front of our computers all day long but the pain in our backs is in no way caused by this living style.

mobility scooter

Mobility scooters have transformed the lives of millions of people with mobility problems and disabilities. These vehicles afford their users a degree of freedom and movement not found in traditional wheelchairs.

wheelchair

Every wheelchair has a story. Wheelchairs are used by people all over the world for a variety of reasons. Some have illnesses that necessitate temporary use, while some have permanent injuries and disabilities that make mobility impossible without a wheelchair.