Have you ever visited a chiropractor because you had pain in your neck or back? Many of us have. But that's not all chiropractic care is good for. In fact, you can reap a whole host of health benefits when you pay regular visits to your chiropractor.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE IMPROVES YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Chiropractic care isn't just about your spine. It involves the nervous system and every part of your body. The overall goal of chiropractic care is to improve nerve flow, which impacts your daily function and quality of life.
When a chiropractor improves your body's nerve flow, you start to experience a host of unexpected benefits. We've outlined a few of them for you.
Improved immune function
A healthy immune system keeps viral and bacterial infections at bay. Your nervous system regulates cell functions, but even the slightest misalignment can interrupt the process, and this has a ripple effect on your immune system's ability to fight off viruses.
Chiropractic care restores function to your nerves to ensure your cells are operating the way they're supposed to.
When your body is sore, joints and muscles tense up, resulting in inflammation. This tension and pain gets in the way of your well-being. But with chiropractic care, joint and muscle discomfort is reduced, and you experience a vitality boost.
Clearer thinking, concentration and memory
Did you ever have a day when your mind was extra sharp, thoughts and ideas came quickly or your memory was especially good? Ever have the opposite type of day? Well, your body chemistry determines to a great extent your ability to think, concentrate and remember. Body chemistry is controlled by your nerve system and your nerve system works better without any interference.
Lowered blood pressure
Studies show that a chiropractic adjustment targeting the nerves in your upper neck, which may be just as effective as taking blood pressure medication at lowering blood pressure.
There are probably hundreds of reasons why certain foods affect certain people. Most times, the cause can be traced back to the inability of the body to handle the food. If it was the food, then it would negatively affect everyone. There are many reasons why your body, in general, and your nerve system, in particular, may not work properly. One of those reasons, an interference in the nerve system due to vertebral subluxation, can be addressed by regular visits to the chiropractor.
All sleep is not the same. Just because you get ten hours does not mean you are getting the kind of rest you need. At different times, we have all awakened refreshed, sluggish or tired from the same amount of sleep. How well your body is working will determine how much of your sleep is real sleep and not just "down time."
Greater value from your exercise
We all need to exercise regularly. Some of us just do not have the energy to get up off the couch to begin a workout, although that is an issue we have already addressed. Some of us have an interference in the nerve system that keeps the muscles of our body from receiving a full complement of vital life energy. It is like trying to exercise a paralyzed muscle. There is not enough energy going to those muscles. That is what happens when there is interference in the nerve system due to subluxation.
Healthier and easier pregnancies
It's been reported that chiropractic care may assist in healthier pregnancies and easier deliveries. Your body goes through momentous changes during pregnancy which impacts the nerve system. Weight increases in the body's core and ligaments in the pelvis loosen, placing increased stress on your spine and nerve system. Regular chiropractic adjustments can ensure both a healthier mother and baby.
How can getting adjusted make your job easier or cause your kids to give you less problems? Well, it can't. But there is a difference between adversity and stress. Adversities are the circumstances of life. You cannot change them. Stress is the inability to handle those adversities. How well your body is working well determine to some degree how much adversity you can handle and how much stress you have in your life.
Enjoy life more
The bottom line is to have a happier and more fulfilled life. If you see improvement in the areas above, your life has to be more enjoyable. Even some of the things you do not enjoy now could become more pleasurable and rewarding. Visit your chiropractor this week!
Dr. Kori Mortenson, DC is a chiropractor in Santa Barbara, CA. In his spare time he enjoys tango dancing, running, biking, hiking, kayaking... just being active.