When some people think about the benefits of chiropractic care, they think: “It’s good for your back … I think.” Many others wonder: is chiropractic good for you at all? The truth, of course, is always much more complex. In a nutshell, chiropractic benefits are far-ranging – and even very surprising. Yes: it’s true that most people will book in because they think the benefits of chiropractic adjustments will help their troublesome shoulder, neck or back pain. But also true is that they often keep coming back indefinitely, because they discover that chiropractic care is much, much more beneficial than they ever imagined.
In short, some of the more surprising benefits of chiropractic care are that:
1. Chiropractic care boosts your immunity
To fight off viruses and bacteria, you don’t in the first instance need medicines and antibiotics – rather, you need a strong and healthy immune system. But chiropractic misalignments can throw off your entire immune system – making good overall health one of the key benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Top fact: A recent study showed that just one chiropractic adjustment to the spine can improve your immunity to the common cold.
2. Chiropractic care helps with digestion
Many people think the spine is simply a pillar to support the body and keep the spinal cord protected – and they are not wrong. But there are also nerves in the spine whose central function is to help the stomach to perform its crucial role. A spinal misalignment in this area can ‘confuse’ these nerves into producing too much acid, meaning some of the surprising benefits of chiropractic adjustments are reduced heartburn, acid reflux and gas.
Top fact: It has been shown that over 70% of all Australians live with gastrointestinal discomfort including constipation.
3. Chiropractic care gives you energy
Many people who visit a chiropractor report afterwards that it has relieved spinal tension that they didn’t even realise they had. That’s because we get used to the various ways in which the nerves in our spine are affected by misalignments and poor posture, but it still leaves us feeling fatigued and generally run down. With all that tension relieved, the body has a new lease of life thanks to one of the most surprising benefits of chiropractic care.
Top fact: Chiropractic care that relieves pain and poor flexibility can also improve your sleep.
4. Chiropractic care lowers your blood pressure
In 2007, a placebo-controlled study showed that one of the benefits of chiropractic adjustments in the upper neck was a reduction in blood pressure. The blood pressure reduction was found to be so significant that it had the same effect of not one, but two of the leading medications used to treat high blood pressure.
Top fact: Perhaps the best of the various chiropractic adjustment benefits is that they are generally completely side-effect free.
5. Chiropractic care helps you breathe
How is chiropractic good for you in so many ways? The answer is that pretty much every single part of your body relies on the functioning of nerves. One of those parts of your body is your lungs, meaning that misalignments in your spine’s mid-cervical and thoracic areas can actually cause or exacerbate asthma and other respiratory-related problems.
Top fact: A study showed that people with lung disease reported less gasping for breath.
6. Chiropractic care is great for pregnant women
Many pregnant women know all about back pain. That makes chiropractic care of particular benefit, despite the common misconception that spinal adjustments are not safe for most pregnant women. But the chiropractic benefits during pregnancy do not stop there. Research has shown that pregnancies are not only healthier with the help of a chiropractor, delivering the baby is easier as well as ligaments in the pelvis are loosened.
Top fact: Birth defects are also rarer with the help of chiropractic care, as a misaligned pelvis can limit how much room the baby has to grow in.
Are you convinced that the benefits of chiropractic care extend well beyond common issues with the back and neck? Then why not consider making your first appointment with Longueville Road Chiropractic Centre, the most trusted name in chiropractic care on Sydney’s North Shore. Call today on 02 9418 3930.