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.