Want to Understand Chiropractic Care? Read This

By Alexis Mills

If you aren't really sure exactly what chiropractic care consists of, or how exactly getting this care regularly can help your health and daily life, then prepare to be amazed. Once you start to understand, you might be surprised that it is much more than you thought and want to pursue its benefits as soon as possible. Here are some simple principles to illustrate the benefits of routine chiropractic care.

A Little Bit of Anatomy 

Your body is under the control of your brain and nervous system for the entire duration of your life. Your brain is protected by the skull and your spinal cord is protected by the spinal column. You know how important the brain is, but innate actions, such as blinking or breathing, take place because of the spinal cord and the central nervous system. The skull and spinal column are so important because they protect the whole body by protecting these two body parts, the brain and spinal cord.

The spinal bones do move out of alignment through the wear and tear of daily life, and it can interrupt the normal nerve flow of the body because those nerves are coming out of the spine. This disruption of the nerve flow is called a vertebral subluxation; the scary part is that your body may feel completely normal despite these subluxations, which means that sometimes these are happening in our body for a long time before we ever experience any symptoms or problems with our health.

This is where chiropractors come in and why the healthcare they provide is so important to our bodies. They find subluxations -- the disruptions of nerve flow -- and perform a spinal adjustment to help restore normal nerve function throughout the body. By maintaining the communication between the brain and the nervous system, chiropractors help your body function at its best. Keeping your spine in alignment is keeping your brain and nervous system doing their job to support the rest of the body.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Now that you understand the value of chiropractic care and why the spinal adjustment is so important, let's look at the specific benefits you can get from consistent care. Since the brain and nervous system affect the whole body, there are benefits that spread throughout the whole body. Some of the benefits attributed to chiropractic include:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Ease neck and back pain
  • Treat scoliosis
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Headache relief
  • Increase blood flow
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Boost immunity
  • Improve digestion
  • Assist in healthier pregnancy
  • Help breathe better
  • Increase energy levels

Chiropractic care is a natural, safe treatment to help the body learn how to heal itself. It's important to understand that receiving this treatment is about fixing problems, but it's also about maintaining the healing the body already knows how to do. If you are new to chiropractic care, visit your local chiropractor at The Joint to get convenient, affordable treatment to better your health and the way you heal.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carlsbad, Calif.

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