Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine concerned in the treatment of many disorders originating or involving the spine. The common notion is that chiropractic medicine is only helpful to peoples suffering from slipped discs and other spinal injuries. But that’s far from the truth.
Here are 3 conditions that can be surprisingly treated with chiropractic healing:
1. Stress and anxiety
Stress is perceived from 3 primary sources: our emotions, our bodies, and our environment.
Many illnesses are directly or indirectly caused or exacerbated by stress, activating our “fight or flight” reaction. When prolonged, chronic stress can be disastrous to your health and cause a myriad of medical conditions such as muscle tissue damage, high blood pressure, infertility, diabetes, slower healing from injury, and damage to the immune system.
Chiropractic doctors work primarily with the spine – the nervous system root where nerve impulses travel through from the brain to the rest of the body – and may help your body manage stressors in healthier ways.
2. Migraines and tension headaches
9 out 10 Americans suffer from headaches with differing symptoms and severity. Some persistent, some occasional, some dull and nagging, some even causing debilitating pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Taking painkillers is one option, but there’s a better one – chiropractic adjustments.
Research shows that spinal manipulation in chiropractic medicine is an effective way to treat headaches that originate in the neck, particularly tension headaches.
Macquarie University conducted a clinical trial among migraine sufferers and 72 percent of the participants reported a “substantial” improvement in their migraine symptoms after a period of chiropractic adjustments.
Fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder characterized by pain and sensitivity throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. A person is typically diagnosed with fibromyalgia when they have a minimum of 11 out of 18 tender points on their body. Most fibromyalgia patients also report disturbed sleep patterns, mood swings, and long-term fatigue. This condition affects about 2 percent of Americans, and there is no known direct cause.
Some doctors suggest that fibromyalgia has both psychological and physiological aspects that each needs medical attention. Recent studies found that chiropractic adjustments combined with ischemic compression have alleviated symptoms among fibromyalgia patients. In another study, 60 percent of participants who received chiropractic care reported a significant improvement in their fibromyalgia symptoms including improved sleep, reduced pain, and decreased fatigue.