Chiropractic adjustments have become increasingly popular over the years, but there are still many misconceptions about the practice.
There’s a common question that many newcomers to Prohealth Chiropractic always ask, which is, “can you become dependent on Chiropractic Care?”
No one becomes dependent on Chiropractic Care. Similar to exercising, patients feel better when their spine is properly aligned vs. not aligned, so they choose to come in periodically for wellness care.
Continual chiropractic care will ensure that you feel great all the time and your body functions at an optimal level.
How Often Should You Get a Chiropractic Adjustment?
The number and frequency of adjustments depend on the findings during your consultation and the results of your x-rays. Every spine is different, so treatment is based on each individual’s needs.
Every discomfort, ailment, and disease is different, which means the solution will vary. Generally, many chiropractic services can be treated in a few sessions. However, sometimes it’ll require once a week or bi-weekly visits to fix your problem long-term.
Can You Get Addicted to Going to the Chiropractor?
A person only can become “addicted” to receiving adjustments the same way that a person might get “addicted” to brushing their teeth, washing their face, or shampooing their hair. The frequency of how often a person should visit a Chiropractor depends on how the individual feels and how they view the ongoing management of their body.
If you only wash your face when a breakout happens or only brush your teeth when a toothache occurs, it’s often too late. Many patients of ours get adjusted regularly because they know that adjustments go far beyond symptom relief. These visits have improved their quality of life, allowed them to rest comfortably, go through their days with more energy and vitality, and reduced the number of trips to the medical doctor.
Why Get A Chiropractic Adjustment?
An adjustment will help to realign the bones of the spine, taking pressure off of nerves and allowing your body to function correctly. It will help increase flexibility and reduce the effects of stress on your body.
Help With Lower Back and Neck Pain
Roughly 65 million Americans have reported a recent episode of back pain, and 16 million adults express having chronic back pain. An adjustment is a non-invasive technique that can significantly reduce pain without paying for injections or surgery.
Chiropractic adjustments aim to alleviate back pain and joint pain by having the spine return to its natural alignment enabling it to achieve a wider range of motion and properly support the body’s weight. When the spine is misaligned, certain muscle groups and joints have to overcompensate to carry the weight of your torso. As more weights press on your joints, the cartilage that cushions the bone will wear down and cause even more painful conditions later. When the spine is realigned, the weight can be evenly distributed so your joints can relax.
Increases Your Energy
By alleviating the tension in the spine, the nerves can work more efficiently. Most people become accustomed to being tense and sore, which causes us to feel tired and run down. Adjustments will remove the tension and pressure across your body and allow your body to move much more freely.
Helps You Breathe Better
The lungs rely on the nerve function to travel from the brain to the spinal cord. Unfortunately, a misalignment in the mid-cervical and thoracic regions of the spines can result in lung abnormalities such as asthma. Chiropractic care will correct subluxations that limit inflammation in the lungs and help our ability to breathe properly.
The nerves that run down your spine also can control your stomach. Misaligned vertebrae in that area will cause the nerves to signal that there will be a need for more acid production. This results in acid reflux, heartburn, and gas. Once the spine is realigned, the nerves in the thoracic spine will work more efficiently, and stomach problems could be eliminated.
Boosts Your Immunity
A healthy immune system will stage off most viruses and bacteria that your body comes into contact with. A person shouldn’t need to rely on a lot of drugs or antibiotics. A misalignment in your spine could inhibit the ability of the immune system. The nervous system controls the functions of a person’s body, cells, and tissues. Realignment of the spine will free the immune system to fight off any intruders, which leads to a few colds and fevers.
Some people experience tension headaches, which are attributed to spending hours at a time in one position. For example, working at a computer or looking down at your phone can build muscle tension in your neck, leaving you prone to headaches. When the tension is released and your neck can move freely, your tension headaches will disappear.
What Do Chiropractic Adjustments Do?
A chiropractor utilizes their hands or special instruments to manipulate the spine and joints in the body, called joint or spinal manipulation. This process helps to correct the body’s alignment, reduce pain and improve the overall physical function.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
A chiropractor offers an alternative method of treatment for many of the common pains in your body. Since chiropractors don’t prescribe any medication, they use their hands to fix most of the problems. A chiropractor may prescribe any of the following treatments:
- Adjustments: Realign the spine and joints and increase the range of motion of your body parts
- Soft-tissue therapy: Relieves spasm, relaxes tight muscles, and release tension in the fascia
- Taping or joint bracing: Supports muscles and sprained joints to help them recover and heal faster
- Stretches and exercises: Maintain mobility and restore range of motion
Why Visit a Chiropractor?
People see a chiropractor for many different reasons. The most common reasons are back and neck pain, leg pain, headaches, and injuries. Chiropractic services help to increase health and improve the overall quality of life without using drugs or surgery. Many report chiropractic care to relieve stress, improve posture, elevate their mood, sleep better and improve their immune systems.