Chiropractic Adjustments: The Importance of Spinal Health

Minnie Jacobs

Did you know chiropractic adjustments are the most sought-after form of natural health care in the world? Although it’s been around for approximately 120 years, it has become more popular over the past three decades and continues to grow every day. Once considered an alternative form of medicine, it is now very mainstream. Chiropractors are licensed and practice in all 50 states of the US and are covered by many insurance plans, getting the same recognition as conventional doctors and nurses.

As a natural and drug-free approach to wellness and healing, chiropractors lead their patients to reach health goals through the basic principles of alignment. The main principle behind chiropractic adjustments is the belief that most often the body has the ability to heal itself with spinal alignment. Therefore, it is the chiropractor’s primary responsibility to align the body to facilitate inner healing.

Medically speaking, the nervous system is responsible for the proper function of every cell and organ in the human body. It is for that reason that chiropractors place the greatest emphasis on the proper alignment and health of the spine, the main source of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. If the spine shifts out of line, many systems in the body become inefficient. Chiropractic adjustments are then performed to realign the spine.( )

A Brief History of Chiropractic Adjustments

The father of chiropractic care is David D Palmer. He successfully helped his first patient, William Harvey Lillard, with chiropractic care on September 18, 1895. Lillard suffered from hearing difficulties related to a compression of nerves surrounding the ear. After some extensive research on anatomy and physiology, Palmer correctly assessed that the hearing loss may have been due to a misalignment that blocked spinal nerves and successfully executed the first chiropractic adjustment known in history.

After helping multiple patients with many disorders, he began to train other practitioners and eventually inspired the first college of chiropractic education to be founded in 1897.

The Benefits of Receiving Chiropractic Adjustments

The benefits of chiropractic care are beyond measure. Many cite chiropractic care as being able to help relieve problems associated with:

  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Headaches
  • High and low blood pressure
  • Weak immune system
  • Cognitive thinking
  • Organ function
  • Pregnancy
  • Prevention of back, hip or joint surgery
  • Regulating bowel movements
  • Relief from back and neck pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Ear infections

Chiropractic Adjustments for Back Pain

The most well-known chiropractic interventions relate to managing back pain. Very few procedures can duplicate the relief and be healing many people experience from receiving chiropractic adjustments. Clinical trials have shown adjustments to have a 72% success rate for one of the most painful back conditions, sciatica. In comparison to the other main available therapies, receiving cortisol/steroid shots had a 50% success rate for sciatica, followed by physical therapy with only a 20% success rate.

Adjustments for Headaches

Chiropractic adjustments can prevent and ease headaches

Another common cause for visits to the chiropractor’s office is headaches. Chronic headaches and migraines are debilitating conditions that can be relieved or diminished altogether through chiropractic care. Adjustments have been proven to prevent and ease headaches and migraines. They reduce the time headaches last, lower their intensity, and decrease the number of their occurrences per month. In some cases, they can replace the need for a prescription or over the counter drugs. Visit More Article

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