Chiropractic: What exactly is it and what can it help with?

As countries get more developed, people tend to get more concerned about health issues and are more proactive in finding solutions to solve them. This then supports the rise of different treatments, such as pre-/post-natal massages to soothe the body, and chiropractic sessions. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and nerves, and aims to restore and maintain health and function of the body as a whole.

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that aims to get to the root cause of the problem, and ideally remove that root cause. Chiropractors are specialists who believe in care of the spine, nerves, muscles, and connective tissues. They also believe that the body has an innate ability to restore itself. By having a healthy spine and nervous system, the body is able to express health, vitality, and function in the most optimal way.

What to Expect at a Chiropractic Session?

When you visit the chiropractor, you will likely have to complete a health questionnaire. The chiropractor will also ask you questions about where you have been experiencing pains. This will be followed by a routine physical examination and an examination on the spine itself. The physical test will include different assessments, such as motion tests or muscle strength comparisons.

Afterwards, the chiropractor will design a treatment plan based on:
1. The extent of the injury
2. Overall health
3. Condition of spine
4. Your goals – to seek relief or ongoing care to improve health

Your chiropractor will then make adjustments to the spine, and at other necessary areas such as the ankle, knee or wrist. A typical chiropractic adjustment makes use of controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints. Adjustments are often accompanied by non-manual therapies. These can include application of heat or ice, electrical stimulation, orthotic support for your shoes, rehabilitative exercise, counselling on lifestyle factors and nutritional supplements.

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

1. Stress relief

When the nervous system is misaligned, the body reacts in a way that cause mental and physical stress. Once the body is realigned and balanced, the body will immediately be less tensed, and this sends a message telling your brain that you are relaxed.

2. Improve your mood

As the body is more relaxed, the immune system is stronger and less susceptible to germs and viruses. People who are suffering from chemical imbalances, such as depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can improve their mood and lifestyle with regular adjustments.

3. Strengthen your body

Chiropractic adjustments heals and aligns nerves. These nerves can affect 60% of the body, from digestion to circulatory system. If the vertebrae is misaligned, the nerves can cause more acid production, leading to gas, heartburn and acid reflux. Moreover, if nerves around the upper neck are misaligned, this can lead to higher blood pressure, which can be easily lowered with chiropractic treatments. This manipulation is known as “atlas adjustments”, and can be as effective as double doses of blood pressure medications.

4. Healthier pregnancy

When a woman goes through pregnancy, her body goes through massive changes to adapt. These changes can impact the nervous system. Ligaments in the pelvic area are loosen to ease the delivery process. Weight gain can also lead to increased pressure on an expectant mother’s spine. Pregnant women who receive chiropractic treatments during their pregnancy experience 25% less time in labour.

5. Restores your body to its fullest potential

Chiropractic adjustments can restore function and movement in areas that are weaker. Such adjustments are able to coax the muscles around the stiff joints to relax. Overall, chiropractic sessions can allow the body to destress and this is beneficial for the mind and body.

6. Heals new and old trauma

Sometimes we think that we can just wait for the pain to subside, but in reality the pain is unbearable. For certain injuries, such as a light headache due to a bad sleep, it is possible to “sleep it off” and hope that it will be better the next day. However, for pain that you have been tolerating for months, even years, it is important to seek treatment. You can seek chiropractic treatment for a non-invasive way to reduce pain and regain strength faster.

How to Find a Chiropractic Doctor

The easiest way to find a chiropractic doctor in your area is to ask someone who has a referral, be it your primary doctor or to search online for well known chiropractors.

If you prefer to wait for a few more days for it to subside, you can use a heat patch to relief aches.

 

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