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Chiropractic Care For Overall Health Benefits

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/27/2007 | Health
Chiropractic is a holistic health care philosophy that helps the body function the way it was designed. As a result, there are many health benefits that can be derived from undergoing chiropractic care.

The first and most obvious benefit is back care and spinal realignment. We all experience back pain or discomfort at some point in our lives, whether it be from a sudden injury, or stress, or general wear and tear over the years.

Some common results of long-term wear and tear include discomfort from poor posture, from working at our desks, from hunching over kitchen counters that are too short, or from slouching on a couch.

Back-related injuries might be the result of a fall, or a car accident, or doing physical labor without proper lifting practices.

Even when we know that we should sit up straight, and that we should lift from the legs, not the back, we still often do inadvertent things that cause problems in our backs. Chiropractic care can straighten out our backs and make them feel much better through a process known as "adjusting" or "manipulating" the spine.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is another common ailment that can be fixed through chiropractic care. This condition is often caused by typing or using a computer too much, or incorrectly, and is characterized by a tingling or numb sensation in the hand, wrist or fingers, and the inability to open jars or pick up objects.

In some serious cases surgery is required, but often some simple manipulation from a chiropractor can do the trick. And oftentimes the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is actually the result of a misaligned neck, in which case a neck adjustment might be the cure.

In fact, a poorly functioning spinal column can be the cause of many more seemingly unrelated illnesses. That back pain you're feeling can affect how the organs in your body function, particularly in the digestive tract, and hence your overall health.

A misaligned spine can also cause headaches, sore feet and legs, or pain in your arms. There is almost no limit to the bodily aches you may be feeling that can be helped through chiropractic care.

This is actually good news if you're looking for a one-stop shop for your health concerns. Because chiropractic is about overall body health, chiropractors can often give advice on nutrition, lifestyle, and other related topics.

While many people wait until they are in pain to visit a chiropractor, there is a lot to be said for preventative care as well. It is often much easier to encourage a healthy spine and body to continue to be healthy than it is to fix one that is already damaged.

And just like your car needs to be tuned up before there's damage to the engine, your body needs preventative care in order to continue running smoothly for years.