Chiropractic treatment has been around for over 100 years. Like most medical disciplines, it has undergone a lot of changes in both practice and perception. While many think of chiropractic as a newer treatment option over the last several decades, it has actually been delivering relief and whole body wellness for much longer.
In fact, the benefits of chiropractic care are well documented and researched. If you are wondering about if chiropractic really works, here is a list of the 5 most researched – and proven – aspects of visiting a chiropractor for your healthcare.
Few things have more of an immediate effect than the minimization of pain. While pain can stop us in our tracks and make normal life impossible, the elimination of that pain puts us back up on top of the world. Living your best life does not include pain! Many research studies over the years have proven chiropractic care to be one of the safest and most effective treatments you can seek out for your neck, back and extremities.
Increasing Sports Performance
Every major sports team, from the NFL to MLB, NHL and NBA have a chiropractor on staff for their athletes. Surely this wouldn’t be the case if chiropractors were not instrumental in keeping athletes operating at their peak. No one can play at 100% in pain, so this type of treatment is advantageous to keep the athletes pain-free. But chiropractic care also aligns the spine, alleviates pressure points, and helps to prevent future injuries, a prospect all owners of sports teams are highly interested in. Chiropractors work on achieving peak flexibility, range of motion, and biomechanics, with an emphasis on the specific sports they are playing
Anyone who has suffered with chronic headaches or migraines understands just how debilitating they can be. However, researchers have found that regular care from a chiropractor can reduce not only the intensity of headaches, but the frequency of their occurrence. Tension headaches in particular often manifest neck, muscle and facial pain which can be alleviated with this type of treatment.
Increasing Quality of Life
You were designed to move and enjoy life! Having a medical condition which hinders your range of motion or mobility takes a serious toll on your ability to live life to the fullest. In medical terms, quality of life is called “functional ability”, and it refers to being able to do everything you want to do – from housework to mountain climbing – without pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to return your body as close as possible to its optimum functional ability, as it addresses total body wellness and not just one single part of the body .
Reducing the Need for Medication
We have discussed the absolutely devastating effects the opioid crisis has had on America. But narcotics and painkillers of all types have been wreaking havoc on people’s lives for years, whether through addiction or powerful side effects which disrupt every day. Hundreds of people die daily from opioid abuse, and many of these people were prescribed the drug legally through their medical practitioner. The patient generally needs more relief as the treatment drags on, not less. But there is good news and a better way. Researchers have discovered that people who are under chiropractic care are 49% less likely to need pain medication. This statistic alone makes chiropractic care a powerful alternative to “traditional” medical treatment.
Overall, chiropractic care is not only safe and effective, but it has the research to back it up. If you are suffering from neck or back pain, whether from a car accident or chronic condition – call West Coast Wellness today for your initial consultation. We can’t wait to prove just how well your body will respond to chiropractic care.