The art of chiropractic care is sometimes shrouded in mystery. For those of us who don’t regularly visit a chiropractor, we often think its sole purpose is to fix injuries, realign spines, and generally move bones where they should be. But did you know there are many more benefits to chiropractic care than spine health?
Here are just a few surprising benefits of visiting a chiropractic clinic:
Say Goodbye to Painful Headaches
We’re not saying that chiropractic care can eliminate headaches altogether. After all, a headache is your body’s way of telling you something very specific. From eyestrain to thirst to something more severe, the location of your headache is an indication that something is not right with a certain area of the body. If you suffer from migraines or cervicogenic headaches (located at the top of your neck), you will likely benefit from regular chiropractic care, as it has shown to significantly reduce the occurrence and intensity of these types of headaches.
Lower Your Stress, Improve Your Mood
Improved mood and lowered stress levels is a side effect of the chiropractic practice of easing the tension from the body, relaxing the muscles and nerves, gently massaging and manipulating the spine, and reducing or eliminating chronic pain. When you are more relaxed and comfortable, you will find that you can sleep better, which improves your overall mood and naturally reduces stress.
If you’ve ever been told to stop slouching, then you know how simply straightening your back can increase your height. Chiropractors don’t magically add vertebrae to your spine to make you a few inches taller—though a spinal adjustment does tend to make patients feel lighter and taller. You might feel like you’ve gained a few inches just after your first session.
Enjoy an Easier Pregnancy
There are many direct and indirect ways that chiropractic care can be beneficial for women who are struggling to conceive. Indirectly, it reduces stress, relieves tension, calms your nervous system, and improves blood vessel dilation, all of which help fertilization. Directly, a chiropractor can release the pressure on your pelvis and unblock your reproductive organs.
Boost Your Immunity
Musculoskeletal health is not separate from immune health. Your entire body is a complicated network of nerves, muscles, tissues, and organs, all of which are somehow dependent on one another. Chiropractic care doesn’t just address the hardware, so to speak. It also helps improve your body’s ability to fight off infection and disease. Regular alignments have been shown to increase the production of immunoregulatory complexes, thus improving immune function.
A Healthy Digestive System
Your spine is not simply the rod that prevents your torso from tipping over. Aside from your brain, your spine is your body’s central nervous system that controls its main functions. Disc compression, herniated discs, and other spinal issues are related to many digestive conditions like acid reflux, Crohn’s Disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, to name a few. Spinal adjustments or realignments have been known to reduce or eliminate these common conditions.