At Underwood Healthcare we like to remind our patients that it’s never too early to start taking proper care of and listening to your body. Frequent negative health problems can create an excessive amount of limitations and stressors that often impact our daily routines. A visit to the chiropractor could be the ultimate solution for common problems such as neck and back pain, inflammation, and many musculoskeletal disorders that negatively impact the human body and your everyday life. In this blog post, we are highlighting 3 ways in which a spinal manipulation, or commonly referred to as a chiropractic adjustment, could benefit you. The first thing we are discussing is something everyone has experienced at some point: back and neck pain.
Back and Neck Pain
Over half of the American population currently experiences chronic lower back or neck pain and almost everyone has experienced it during their lifetime. Pain often turns people to make rash decisions. As humans, we would do anything to make the pain go away and return to normal life. This leads a lot of patients to turn to quick fixes: pain killers, injections, or even surgeries. They are overlooking one of the most effective solutions: the chiropractic adjustment.
A chiropractic adjustment serves as a more natural, holistic, and non-invasive technique that can significantly reduce neck and back pain. What an adjustment aims to do is cure the root problem, not mask it. An adjustment is able to reduce inflammation, which causes a lot of the body’s perceived pain. We will go into detail about how this works later. There are many chiropractic adjustment techniques aimed specifically at the back and neck. The adjustment not only alleviates your pain but begins to allow your body to work in a pain-free way.
In addition to alleviating your pain and correcting musculoskeletal problems, a visit to a chiropractor can save you from furthering your experience with acute, mild and chronic pain while reducing additional medical costs. Remember the difference with the chiropractic adjustment is that it aims to reduce inflammation, not numb it.
The most common root cause of pain, joint issues, and nerve irritation is inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s initial response to an injury or irritation. The body rushes white blood cells to the area and causes a “swelling” effect in the tissue. When areas go untreated it leads to chronic inflammation. When a build up of inflammation occurs in an area it causes us to have chronic issues. Reducing inflammation is the key to most chronic pain recovery.
Chiropractic adjustments have shown to reduce inflammation through an event called a “joint mechanoreceptor stimulation”. Basically the adjustment is able to correct misaligned structures within our musculoskeletal systems. The “crack” sound you hear is pressure being released inside the joint capsule that produces a neurological event called a “proprioceptive input”. Essentially this event allows the body to begin working normally again through proper nerve flow and shuts off the body’s creation of further inflammation.
When understanding chiropractic medicine it is important to understand the relationship between our musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Many of our physical pain can be reduced through neurological events and techniques. The chiropractic adjustment is not only a more effective treatment method but is also cheaper in the long run. People who neglect pain areas and proper treatment can experience long term musculoskeletal disorders. If not treated correctly this can lead the patient down a path of expensive and painful surgeries, injections, and medications.
Specific chiropractic adjustments can also be used to treat and significantly reduce the pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as sciatica, cervicogenic headaches, and torticollis. These disorders have the ability to worsen extremely fast when untreated or treated improperly.
Suffering from these disorders can negatively impact your everyday life. Taking the wrong treatment measures for the disorders can make everyday life even worse. A visit to your chiropractor for an adjustment could be the next step towards a pain-free life. Much of treating musculoskeletal disorders has to do with proper treatment and education. To live a pain-free life involves a lifestyle change.
Here at Underwood Healthcare, we are committed to providing our patients with the information and preventative direction to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more information on the benefits of addressing common health concerns with resourceful chiropractic care methods.