Ever wonder about chiropractic care? Check out today’s guest post by Lizzie Weakley to find out why you might consider getting chiropractic treatment.
It’s widely believed that chiropractors only treat back pain, so many people feel that if they’re not in pain, they don’t need chiropractic care. However, this type of care addresses much more than just back pain. It focuses on treating the whole body by correcting misalignment in the spine and other joints, which can cause a staggering array of problems.
Here are three reasons why you may need chiropractic care:
Obesity and Metabolic Issues
Most people are aware that obesity has become a major problem in America, and it’s responsible for the majority of cardiovascular disease-related deaths. Other obesity-related illnesses, like diabetes and hypertension, can often be controlled or reversed by eating a healthy, real-foods diet and maintaining proper exercise habits.
However, what most people are unaware of is that being unable to properly digest those healthy foods can prevent them from seeing improvements. For good digestion to occur, enzymes are required. It’s the job of your body’s central nervous system, which encompasses the spinal cord and brain, to trigger the release of enzymes from your liver, pancreas and gall bladder during meals.
Another role of the central nervous system in digestion is to release the hormones that let you know when you’re hungry or full, known as leptin and ghrelin. If there is an issue with the spine that hinders the correct flow of nerve impulses, like a vertebral subluxation (pinched nerve), the release of enzymes and hormones may be poor or nonexistent. Receiving care from a qualified chiropractic center like Heber Valley Chiropractic for a spinal realignment can work wonders for helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
The Spine’s Role in Organ Diseases
In the early 1900s, doctor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine performed autopsies on more than 150 deceased individuals in order to determine whether diseased organs could be caused by nerve problems in the spine. What he discovered was startling. When he traced the nerves in the diseased organs to where they connected in the spine, he noticed that there was nerve pressure in those areas caused by vertebral subluxations. This was the case in 95 percent of the diseased organs, which included bowels, lungs, kidneys, hearts, livers and other major organs.
This has serious implications. Even if the pressure on a nerve is only slight, the flow of nerve impulses can still be restricted by as much as 60 percent, which leads to reduced organ function. If there is a pinched nerve anywhere in your spinal column, the nerves that run from that area can cause the organs they connect with to become diseased if the problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner. What’s more, pinched nerves don’t always cause pain, so routine chiropractic checkups are essential to maintaining good health.
The process of giving birth, however natural, is physically traumatic not only for the mother but also the child. During a normal vaginal delivery, the baby’s neck and arms sustain between 90 and 110 pounds of force. During a cesarean section delivery, the baby must be pulled manually from the uterus, which results in even greater pressure to the neck.
It’s no surprise that this extreme pressure can cause problems for a baby’s under-developed spine and joints. As a result, the child begins life with spinal misalignments, which can pinch nerves and cause problems like constipation, colic, asthma, bed-wetting and developmental issues.
Chiropractic care has had wonderful success in dealing with such problems in children. Furthermore, most children respond very well to chiropractic care because they’re not restricted by preconceived notions of what health care should involve.
When you understand the spinal cord’s numerous roles in the body, it’s easy to see why having a healthy, properly functioning spine is critical for good health. Even if you think you’re in great health and you’re not experiencing back pain, it’s a sound decision to visit a chiropractor regularly.
About the Author
My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.
Do you receive chiropractic care for any of these issues?