More Than Back Pain: 6 Other Reasons for Chiropractic Care
It is common for people to come for chiropractic care because they are in some type of pain. However, the main purpose of chiropractic is actually prevention. If we keep our nervous system in full working order, we can avoid many health issues to begin with. These are 7 of the main ways chiropractic care can help us avoid other health issues.
- Inflammation and the Immune System
Chronic inflammation is caused by imbalances in our immune system. Studies show that blood serum levels of several important antibodies were elevated in patients after chiropractic adjustments. The adjustment strengthened the immune system which, in turn, reduced inflammation. The authors of the study suggested that chiropractic care may “jump start” the immune system to help it reduce inflection and illness.
2. Blood Pressure
A study was done where some patients were given an adjustment of their atlas and others a “fake” adjustment. They found a dramatic difference between the two groups. 85% of the participants who received an adjustment saw a change after only one adjustment. The authors noted that the difference was the same as patients taking two different hypertensive drugs at the same time.
Researchers used PET scans and blood work to determine changes in the autonomic nervous system after chiropractic adjustments. They found that participants had altered brain activity in the areas which process pain and stress reactions. The participants also reported reduced pain and increased quality of life after chiropractic care.
As we get older, we often lose our sense of balance as well as flexibility and strength. Chiropractic care restores healthy functioning of the spine, and the spine plays an important role in our balance (due to proprioceptors which relay information about the position of our bodies to the brain). A study from 2009 showed that patients who received chiropractic care experienced reduced dizziness and improved balance. A second look at this issue in 2015 suggested that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to help prevent falls in the elderly.
- Asthma Symptoms
Chiropractic care can increase lung functioning, which then reduces the symptoms of asthma.
- Colic in Babies
Researchers in 2012 conducted a study on 104 infants who were suffering from colic. The infants were divided into three groups. One group received chiropractic adjustments with their parents aware of the adjustments, another group received adjustments without the parents being aware of the treatment, and the last group received no adjustments and parents were not told. The parents of all groups reported back. At the end of the study, the parents reported a significant decrease in their babies’ crying in both of groups which received adjustments compared to those who received no treatment. Whether or not the parent was aware of their child receiving an adjustment had no effect on the outcome of their assessment.