Top Ten Benefits of Chiropractic Care
The following are ten of the most important and valuable benefits you may experience after a visit to your Chiropractic Physician.
1. Reduced pain.
The most sought after benefit of chiropractic care is the reduction of pain that follows a chiropractic adjustment. When a joint is adjusted, endorphins are released into the blood vessels associated with that joint. One of the many positive effects of endorphins is that they block pain. So the endorphins released during an adjustment help to effectively reduce pain.
2. Relieved pain.
An adjustment relieves pain by treating the underlying causes of the pain and by speeding healing. Most of the pain that is felt after an injury is caused by the inflammatory processes that are occurring. An adjustment increases circulation in the treated area. The additional blood flow to the area helps to reduce the inflammation and to supply the nutrients needed for the healing process.
3. Shorter recovery time and decreased scar tissue formation.
Another benefit of controlling and reducing inflammation with chiropractic care is that you can decrease the recovery time and scar tissue formation from an injury. All of us want to get better faster, and chiropractic care does just that.
4. Increased muscle flexibility and range of motion.
Chiropractic treatment also improves muscle flexibility and range of motion. When you are young, your joints have a lot more flexibility. As you age or have injuries, that flexibility decreases. Just like a physical therapist, Chiropractors are trained in exercises to help you stretch and strengthen your muscles to withstand the stresses of life. When your muscles are healthy, flexible, and strong, they recover quickly when an injury such as an automobile accident occurs.
5. Reduced muscle tension.
Going hand in hand with increasing muscle flexibility, easing muscle tension is a further benefit of chiropractic care. Muscle tension impedes circulation. And that limited circulation, in turn, causes the muscle to contract or to be tense. This results in a chronic cycle of muscle tension. Most people recognize this tension as “knots” in the muscle. Chiropractic treatment gets those “knots” out, enabling healthy blood flow and normal muscle function.
6. Scar tissue elimination.
Over time, if left untreated, those “knots” of tension in muscles will become fibrotic with scar tissue. That scar tissue is only about 60% as flexible as muscle tissue. So when you use that muscle it quickly tightens up and you notice pain. To get rid of this scar tissue, chiropractors utilize various treatment methods, such as Graston technique, ultrasound, and massage.
7. Improved sports performance.
When your joints and muscles are healthy and functioning properly, you are stronger and more flexible. All professional athletes have a chiropractor they see on a regular basis. They understand the benefits it has for their sport. Whether it is golf, bowling, figure skating, or running, a Chiropractor can help you be at the top of your game. With a vast knowledge of how the body works, a Chiropractor can tailor an exercise program to your sport and condition.
8. Better Sleep.
Many people experience other benefits that at first might not seem connected to Chiropractic care. One of the main ones is sleeping better. When your muscles are relaxed and the tension off of your joints, you sleep more soundly.
9. Easier Breathing.
Another common effect of Chiropractic treatment is breathing easier, both when you are awake and while sleeping.
10. Improved perception and cognition.
Many people are able to see, hear, and think more clearly after being adjusted. This is just another way Chiropractic treatment allows your body to work at its optimal level.