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4 Benefits of Chiropractic You May Not Know About

By Paul Rothbart

Chiropractors have become a welcome and accepted part of the medical community. Most people, even if they have never visited one, are aware of chiropractors. But many of these people only know chiropractors as medical professionals who treat sore backs. Perhaps they know that chiropractic care can also treat joints. But there are other potential benefits that you may experience from seeing a chiropractor regularly. These benefits are lesser known, but backed by research. Not everyone experiences them, but they should be factored in if you are considering seeing a chiropractor. Here are three possible benefits.

Sports Performance

You don't have to be a world class athlete to benefit from chiropractic care. Maybe you play softball on the weekends, a little basketball at the local playground, or are just a recreational runner. A good chiropractor can help treat and prevent sports injuries such as muscle strains, muscle pulls, and tennis elbow. Adjustments to the back and joints can boost performance and increase stamina. A chiropractor can also recommend stretches and warm-ups that will help prevent injury. Many professional athletes, including the great Michael Jordan, swear by chiropractic care. 

Alleviate Headaches

Many people experience chronic headaches. These are often caused by tension and are debilitating. It's hard to concentrate on anything while in the throes of a headache. Tension is often caused by the positioning of the head and neck. A chiropractic adjustment can alleviate this tension, thus relieving the headache pain. Studies have shown that chiropractic care may reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches, as well as lessen their duration. Who couldn't use fewer headaches?

Reduce Chronic Pain

It seems we are almost always plagued by little aches and pains. Sometimes, not so little. Lower back, shoulders, knees. Even ordinary activities can be tough on the body. Chiropractic care, with its focus on treating the body as a connected whole, can be very effective in reducing chronic pain. As with headaches, fewer instances, less intensity, shorter duration. In addition to treating the source of the pain, a licensed chiropractor can educate you on things you can do to help prevent recurrences. Less pain is a good reason to give chiropractic care a try. 

Reduce Dependence on Medicines

When experiencing any kind of pain, it's so common to reach for aspirin, ibuprofen, or some other pain relief medication. While these substances have their place, they also have potential side effects, and a chemical dependence creates an entire set of problems. By receiving regular chiropractic treatments, you may experience sufficient pain relief to cut back on, or eliminate, taking pain meds. Any time you can treat an ailment naturally, without the use of chemicals, you are doing your body a favor.

Chiropractors are generally thought of as back doctors. But the potential health benefits go beyond the back. Consider a visit to the Joint Chiropractic. No appointment is necessary and a licensed chiropractor may just bring you some of these wonderful benefits. 

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

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