Did you know that about 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually? Some 7.7 million, or 35% of those Americans, see a chiropractor for back pain from auto accidents, sports injuries and muscle strains. Others go to find relief from headaches, neck, arm and leg pain. What they and others are finding is that regular chiropractic visits – before the accident occurs – can serve a preventative purpose like regular dental and medical checkups.
Your spinal column consists of 24 independent vertebrae. These vertebrae allow your body to move, twist and bend every day. But chiropractic care isn’t just about your spine and vertebrae. It also focuses on the nervous system, which impacts every part of your body, including your muscles, tissues and organs.
Chiropractors routinely diagnose and treat conditions impacting the bones, joints, ligaments and nerves in your body. While the primary goal of chiropractic care is to enhance your musculoskeletal health, there are many unexpected benefits that patients have found from periodic visits to their chiropractor, including:
Improved Immune Function: Your body’s immune system helps to fend off viral and bacterial infections, but a slight misalignment of your spine and its impact on the nervous system can limit your immune system’s effectiveness. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can help restore function to your nervous system and to your immune system.
Asthma Relief: People experiencing asthma routinely testify to a reduction in their systems after a visit to their chiropractor. Spinal misalignments can disrupt nerves that assist with your lung’s functions. When your chiropractor realigns your vertebrae, your nerves can function correctly to help your lungs.
Lower Blood Pressure: Some studies show that a chiropractic adjustment concentrated on the nerves in your upper neck can be nearly as effective as taking blood pressure medication.
Improved Digestion: Did you know that the nerves in your spine control your stomach’s functions? If your spine’s vertebrae are not aligned correctly, your nerves may call for more acid to your stomach, which could result in acid reflux, gas and heartburn. Chiropractic care director to the nerves in your thoracic spine could improve your digestive ailments.
Chiropractic patients also confirm benefits of their treatment to include: easier breathing; better balance; healthier pregnancies; improved sleep; more energy; and improved range of motion.