Chiropractic Arts: Not Just about Neck and Back Pain
Chiropractic Care is More Than Just Pain
Do you ever wonder why many chiropractors focus on a wellness approach to healthcare? Are you one of those people who thinks that chiropractic is only good for pain relief, especially for the neck and low back?
You see, there is a common misconception that chiropractic care is only beneficial for neck and back pain. While chiropractic has been documented as the most effective, conservative care for such issues, chiropractic is about much more than just pain. (See partial list near bottom of article.)
Chiropractors are first and foremost experts in nerve signal interference, the result of which leads to the “pain expert” label. Many people feel better or experience pain relief because of chiropractic adjustments that have helped restore optimal flow of nerve signals.
A Healthy Nervous System Needs Clear Communication
And, the nervous system controls every cell of your body. With a healthy nervous system and clear communication signals to those very cells, the body has its best chance to function at its highest level. Thus, this affects all processes in the body, not just neck and back pain.
It is important to note that that nerve signal interference has three main causes: physical, chemical, and emotional. It’s not just about spinal alignment in a wellness practice. Many wellness chiropractors support the adjustment process with other types of recommendations, such as diet, exercise, and stress relief techniques. This provides a robust healthcare model that is much more than simply relieving neck and back pain.
A wellness-based chiropractor will utilize education, and clinical experience, along with specific tools and techniques. These serve to identify interference in the communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body. The chiropractor administers an impulse into the nervous system (an adjustment) to restore this communication cycle. This adjustment may or may not be at the site of pain or other symptoms. But, it will always be at the location of poor nerve signal flow.
Restore Proper Motion and Holistic Balance
It is this communication cycle-free of interference-that allows the body to restore proper motion. It also serves to lower inflammation, reduce pain, improve digestion, lower stress, improve sleep, reduce allergies, and much more. Additional lifestyle recommendations are also often provided in the chiropractic environment. Thus, patients receive a whole-being approach to healthcare, not just one focused on tight muscles and achy joints.
Below are titles to specific, peer-reviewed case studies that demonstrate the potential impact a healthy nervous system can have on one’s life, all after receiving chiropractic care.
Supporting Lifestyle Changes
Care of a Battered Woman
Traumatic Brain Injury
Cervical Muscle Spasms
It is important to note, however, that chiropractic does not treat any of these issues. Chiropractic care restores nervous system communication to its optimum level. This care may allow the outcomes above based on the body’s incredible ability to heal. This is especially true when supported with proper nutrition, healthy movement, and stress management.