Benefits of Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments

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Spinal adjustments are one of the most common procedures performed by chiropractors. Also referred to as spinal manipulation therapy, it’s intended to improve the alignment, movement and overall function of the vertebrae. When the vertebrae are knocked out of their normal position, the individual may experience a wide range of unpleasant systems, only one of which is pain. But what are the true health benefits of chiropractic spinal adjustments?

The term given to incorrect vertebrae is vertebral subluxations. People suffering from misaligned, shifted or injured vertebrae are said to have vertebral sublaxations. Professional chiropractors perform spinal adjustments to relieve sublaxations, allowing the vertebrae to get back into its normal, healthy position. This is accomplished through a wide range of techniques, some of which includes the toggle drop, lumbar roll, table adjustment, release work and light massaging.

Affecting 31 million Americans at any given time, lower back pain is an all-too-common condition that can greatly reduce one’s quality of life. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that back pain is the single most common reason for missed work in the U.S. and the second most common reason for doctor’s office visits.

Unfortunately, most people visit their general practitioner to seek treatment for their lower back pain. Nine out of ten times, however, a doctor will simply write a prescription for a pain reliever and call it a day. Taking a pain reliever may mask the problem temporarily, just long enough for you to get back to work, but it’s not a long-term solution to the problem. A better form of treatment is chiropractic spinal adjustment. Lower back pain is often caused by vertebrae sublaxations, so guiding the vertebrae back into its normal position may treat the problem.

Of course, spinal adjustments may also treat neck pain. You have to remember that the cervical vertebrae of the spine consists of 7 vertebrae right underneath the skull at the back of the neck. These vertebrae can suffer from sublaxations just as easily as the ones running down your lower back. Let’s say you were recently in an automobile accident that forced your head to thrust forward, causing whiplash. Depending on the severity of the crash, you may experience pain originating in your neck.

A professional chiropractor can perform a spinal adjustment to guide misaligned cervical vertebrae back into place. This should reduce pain, inflammation  and general discomfort as a result.

The truth is that the muscuskeletal system plays a role in number of “normal” bodily functions. Allowing it to suffer from injury, illness or other problems can lead to a variety of unwanted side effects. You might be surprised to learn that people living with muscuskeletal system disorders typically experience a weakened immune system, leaving them susceptible to illness. The good news is that you can maintain a healthy muscuskeletal system by seeking the professional expertise of a chiropractor.

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