What Else Is Chiropractic Good For?
A common misconception about chiropractic care is that it is only good for correcting misalignment in the bones and joints. It’s true—chiropractic is great for transforming the body’s health by addressing issues of the bones and joints. That being said, chiropractic goes beyond just the skeletal system. Chiropractic also helps the muscles and nervous system, which affect many of the body’s other systems and functions. If you find yourself asking “what else is chiropractic good for?” aside from bones and joints, read on to discover all of the different ways that chiropractic addresses the body’s systems and parts.
Chiropractic care and the muscles.
Chiropractic focuses specifically on the neuromusculoskeletal system, which is made up of three major systems and includes the muscles of the body. This means that alongside the nervous system and the skeletal system, chiropractic also treats the muscular system.
The body’s muscles frequently need care and maintenance. A variety of lifestyle events and habits can cause issues—injuries and accidents and overuse or underuse of the muscles are the most common causes for imbalances in the muscular system. Your body’s muscles are response to a variety of normal life activities. This includes your physical activity (or inactivity), posture, and the way your environment interacts with your body. If, for example, you work in an environment that does not offer proper ergonomic support, your muscles may feel strained as a result.
If your muscles are strained, there are a number of imbalances that can result. One of the most common and impactful is misalignment in the bones and joints, which can be pulled out of their natural alignment when the muscles are tense and tight over time. The good news is that chiropractic can not only address this misalignment, but it can help strained muscles.
Chiropractic can address muscles with adjustments, the manipulation of soft tissue, chiropractic massage, Chiropractic BioPhysics®, prescriptive stretching, and various other physical therapy modalities.
Chiropractic care and the nervous system.
Chiropractic treats the nervous system, which is responsible for controlling many of the body’s functions. Chiropractic works directly on the nerves and spine, which comprise the central and peripheral nervous systems. When an expert chiropractor delivers an adjustment, the local area and the body help to circulate nerve energy. This can help relieve pockets of nerves that were compressed due to misalignment and inflammation, as well as begin the healing process for nerves that may have been severed or bruised.
Chiropractic can also help to increase the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which detoxifies the brain and helps provide nutrients to the brain.
Chiropractic care and circulation.
Because of the effect of chiropractic care on the nervous system, which controls most of the body’s processes, chiropractic care can help to improve other factors of the body’s normal function, like circulation.
When the nervous system is balanced through chiropractic, the electrical signals that it sends across the body are also regulated. Circulation and the function of the cardiovascular system is one such process that is benefitted. When the command center of the body (the nervous system) is transmitting electrical impulses at regular intervals in response to the body’s environment, the body’s circulation can become more efficient.
Chiropractic care can help cardiovascular health in other ways, too. Sometimes when the organs of the body are strained because of misalignment in the spine (like in the case of scoliosis), circulation and proper function of the heart muscle can be difficult. When the misalignment is corrected, the organs can function much more effectively.
Chiropractic care and the lungs.
Just like with the heart and the cardiovascular system, chiropractic care can be therapeutic for the respiratory system, as well. By regulating the nervous system, the electrical signals that are then transmitted to the lungs can increase and become more regular. Oxygen levels can increase in the body following expert chiropractic care, and can make the process of breathing easier and more efficient.
Just like in the case of the heart and cardiovascular system, an increase in nerve energy caused by chiropractic care can help to regulate many of the body’s processes, including respiration. This means that breathing can become deeper and more powerful, oxygenating the body and helping to improve overall health and wellbeing.
Chiropractic care and digestion.
The therapeutic effect of chiropractic care on the digestive system comes largely from enteric nervous system, which is a branch of the nervous system that is directly connected to the central nervous system. The enteric nervous system runs through the entire gastrointestinal tract and determines when and how the digestive system will function.
When the nervous system is regulated and balanced, so is the enteric nervous system. This has a direct impact on the function of digestion, often soothing and aiding the processes of elimination and metabolism.
Chiropractic care and soft tissue.
The soft tissue of the body can be damaged from an accident or an injury. Even small injuries like bumps and bruises can cause the body’s soft tissue to become inflamed and swollen. The same is true of the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can range from sprains to strains and from bruising to bursitis. Soft tissue injuries typically cause pain and discomfort, and can be exacerbated if the healing process is not comfortable.
Your expert chiropractor can help make healing faster and safer. They may tape the area that has the soft tissue injury to isolate it from movement and strain, or treat the area directly (or the surrounding areas) to increase life-giving circulation.
Chiropractic care can heal.
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