Chiropractic Therapy: Alleviating Symptoms of Disease
Chiropractic therapy has the reputation of being effective for treating problems of the musculoskeletal system, like low back pain, whiplash from a traffic accident, sprained ankles, or repetitive stress injuries. What isn’t so well known, however, is that chiropractors can help to manage the pain caused by other ailments, not necessarily related to the musculoskeletal system.
Often considered an alternative approach to medicine, but also gaining more mainstream acceptance, chiropractic care is sometimes stereotyped as a last resort after more traditional forms of medical care have failed to provide the relief the patient is seeking. But as more and more patients experience the benefits of chiropractic adjustment, it’s application to pain management for diseases that are mostly treated by mainstream health care is increasingly becoming seen as a second form of treatment that can boost a patient’s quality of life exponentially.
For example, asthmatic patients commonly experience mid-back pain as a result of incessant coughing. While chiropractors may not be able to cure asthma, they can bring a significant amount of relief to the sore back muscles.
Migraines are another chronic ailment that can be managed with chiropractic care. Several studies show positive correlations between adjustments and the lowering in frequency and intensity of pain from migraines.
The cause of Parkinson’s disease is as mysterious today as it was when it was first discovered, but research has made a connection between it, head traumas, and maladjustment of the spine. Chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebrae into their proper position and can have a potentially positive effect on reducing and managing Parkinson’s symptoms.
Arthritis is such a common malady that most people over the age of 50 will exhibit some form or another of joint degeneration, leading to aches and stiffness. By increasing the range of motion in joints, chiropractic adjustment can bring relief.
Research findings have shown that high blood pressure has been significantly reduced by just one single chiropractic treatment, and that this lowered state remained so, for weeks afterwards. Chemotherapy is a well known as a ravager of physical health, rendering patients fatigued and sore to the degree they cannot leave their beds. Chiropractic adjustment has been shown to be effective in managing this kind of soreness, thus greatly enhancing cancer patients' quality of life.
Although to date, little research has been undertaken to support claims of boosted immune system efficiency, many chiropractic patients who go in for regular, weekly adjustments report that it is the case.