The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care
Last updated on March 16, 2023
Chiropractic is the worlds largest natural health care field. It is widely known that chiropractic care is beneficial for back pain, neck pain and headaches.
But did you know that is just the tip of the iceberg? Chiropractic was founded on the basic premise that the body is a self healing, self regulating organism designed to be healthy. When there is loss of health,or Dis-ease as the early Chiropractors termed, it was a interference that was preventing the bodies innate intelligence from communicating. We now know what they were speaking about is the nervous system. Since those early times and countless spinal adjustments around the world we have as a profession witnessed innumerable anecdotal improvements in nearly every health condition a practitioner may see. However let’s focus in on the ones that have the most scientific evidence to support.
Sciatica is a form or lower back pain and leg pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. This is very common and can cause extreme pain and even disability. A study published in the European Spine Journal showed that patients who suffered Sciatica and were treated with Chiropractic had a 72% success rate, whereas physiotherapy had 20% and corticosteroid injections had 50%.
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Low Back & Neck Pain
A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2003, demonstrated faster recovery and improved clinical outcomes when comparing Chiropractic care to physiotherapy and general practitioner care after 52 weeks. The study also demonstrated the total cost of care was about ⅓ that of physiotherapy and general practitioner care.
Low back pain is the leading cause of days off work in Australia
The Journal of the American Medical Association has recently published low back pain guidelines and recommended trying Chiropractic care before resorting to spinal surgery
Chiropractic care can be so effective at pain releif that we forget about the overal performance enhancing effect it can offer. Research has demonstrated that some of the benefits include:
Reducing inflammatory cytokines
Enhance pulmonary function
Decrease mental and oxidative stress
Relieve muscle tension
Naturally increase energy levels
Chiropractic care combined with neuromuscular re-education may help to prevent or reverse the progression of scoliosis.
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A study published in 2007 in Human Journal of Hypertension showed that a specific upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as a 2 drug hypertension therapy on patients with an upper cervical spinal subluxation. Other studies has shown similar findings with Chiropractic care.
Colic, Reflux & Childhood Ear Infections
In 2011 a systematic review was published in the journal Explore stating the following “Our review revealed that chiropractic care is a viable alternative to the care of infantile colic and congruent with evidence-based practice, particularly when one consideres that medical care options are no better than placebo or have been associated with adverse events.”
Why are such a broad array of conditions improved with Chiropractic? Because your brain controls everything in your body. It communicates to every organ, tissue and cell in your body via your nervous system. If there is anything interfering with that communication you will not express optimal health.
See a qualified Doctor of Chiropractic today and have your spine and nervous system checked.