It's common knowledge that picking up the phone to arrange a chiropractic adjustment can be the first step in healing a painful back, but many people aren't aware of the wide range of other issues for which chiropractors can provide relief. Although it's always best to call your chiropractor and find out if he or she has experience -- and success -- in treating issues beyond back pain, scheduling a visit can improve your quality of life in a number of ways. Here are some other ways in which chiropractic care can benefit you.
Immune System Boost
If you can't seem to stay healthy or you're concerned when flu or cold season approach, your chiropractor might be able to provide the answer. An article published by Natural News reports that a misalignment of your spine can affect your nervous system and, in turn, issues with your nervous system lead to decreased functioning of your immune system. Subluxation, a term that refers to a dislocation of a joint in your spine, can negatively affect the nerves that run from your back to the various organs in your body; when these organs are impacted, you can develop decreased immune function.
Healthier Digestive System
Digestive issues such as heartburn, constipation and acid reflux can make you miserable on a day-by-day basis, but a chiropractic adjustment can give you some relief. In a similar manner that subluxation -- a dislocated joint in your spine -- causes issues with your nervous system and, in turn, your immune system, spinal subluxation can also harm your digestion. When the nerves that run from your spine to your digestive organs aren't functioning correctly, these organs can become deficient. Natural News reports that chiropractic care can cause near-immediate improvements in your digestive health and cites a 2008 study in which patients who struggled repeatedly with constipation found rapid relief after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
Lessened ADHD Symptoms
Whether you or your child struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, there's a chance that seeing your chiropractor can lead to better managing the symptoms of this condition. The American Chiropractic Association advises that there's a direct connection between your body's musculoskeletal system and its brain activity; when a patient's physical body is out of balance, his or her brain can develop at an uneven rate, which can increase the likelihood of ADHD. Chiropractors can provide enormous benefits to patients' postural muscles -- including several in your back -- and that positive changes in this area has a direct link to a change in brain activity.