5 Conditions You May Not Know Chiropractors Can Treat

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5 Conditions You May Not Know Chiropractors Can Treat

Chiropractic widely used to treat lower back pain

Chiropractic widely used to treat lower back pain

If you’re like most people, you probably naturally associate chiropractic with conditions such as back aches, neck pain, whiplash injuries and slipped discs. You would be right to do so, because chiropractic is a highly effective treatment method for these.

However, you might be missing out on other benefits of chiropractic if you are suffering from certain conditions that can be treated effectively through chiropractic but are unaware of it. Here are 5 conditions that most people don’t know can be treated using the chiropractic approach:

1. Tension headaches and migraines

Headaches are the most common ailment in America, and while some come and go, some persist and can even cause nausea. While taking a painkiller should work for a temporary headache, you might want to consider a different approach if the pain keeps coming back.

In a clinical trial conducted at Macquarie University, 72 percent of migraine sufferers experienced either “substantial” or “noticeable” improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment.

In fact, most headaches are related to muscle tension in the neck, which is an increasingly common condition among Americans who spend hours in the same position or posture (such as in front of a computer or television), leading to joint irritation and tension in the upper back and scalp that cause headaches. Via US News

2. Anxiety and Stress

For most of us, stress does not simply result from just one factor. We are daily exposed to stress factors in our emotions, our bodies and our environment. Your stress levels will increase as a result of anything from noise to tight work deadlines. The main benefit you can gain from chiropractic treatment is to help your body manage and process the stress you experience in a healthy way.

  • Chiropractors can release muscle tension, one effect of chronic stress that leads to nerve irritation and creates uneven pressures on the body’s bony structures, which can cause the spinal column to become misaligned. This, in turn, helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state.
  • Chiropractic adjustments can reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation, which can help signal the brain to turn off the “fight or flight” response and begin the healing process. Via US News

3. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition associated with widespread sensitivity and pain throughout the whole musculoskeletal system, affecting about 2% of the US population. Since there is no known cause for the condition, there are many theories concerning what the root cause may be.

It’s often difficult for patients to find solutions for all of their symptoms, but recent studies show that chiropractic adjustments combined with a soft tissue technique called ischemic compression can help FM patients.

In one study, 60 percent of the subjects treated by a chiropractor experienced a significant improvement: reduced pain, improved sleep and decreased fatigue… Via US News

4. Weak immune system

The nervous, endocrine and immune systems are highly linked and share tiny messenger molecules that make it possible for them to communicate. Proper communication between the three results in proper body adaptation and healing capacity.

Until recently, one of these messenger molecules, IL-2, was thought of as an immune system molecule. But recent studies have clearly shown its presence and activity in the nervous system, leading researchers to believe that neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and can cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response.

…chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce the stress on the nervous system, thereby boosting the coordinated responses of the nervous and immune systems. Via US News

5. Flexibility

A chiropractor is stretching a woman's arm

A chiropractor is stretching a woman’s arm

Flexibility will naturally decrease as we grow older, but many people today are a lot less flexible than their healthier age mates. This can be the result of injuries or degenerative conditions, but this does not mean they should give up on their flexibility because of injuries they sustained years ago.

Regular chiropractic can help increase both range of motion and flexibility.

A study performed by researchers at the Phillip Chiropractic Research Centre of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments increased range of motion in the 105 patients who participated in the study. Via US News

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