Chiropractic care has been proven to relieve back pain, headaches, arthritis, asthma, organ function, neck pain, and a variety of other healthcare concerns you may face in your life. This practice is designed to help your body heal naturally through strategic adjustments in your spine and neck. If you have been avoiding a trip to the chiropractor because you aren’t sure it will be able to help you, the information in this two-part guide may change your mind. Here are 10 researched benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
1 – Sciatica
Studies published in the European Spine Journal revealed that chiropractic adjustments were successful in treating sciatica for 72% of patients. This is a significant improvement over the 20% success rate for physical therapy and the 50% success rate for corticosteroid injections. What’s even better is that chiropractic is more affordable than the other treatment options, and it is shown to be more successful. It’s a winning solution all the way around.
2 – Low Back Pain and Neck Pain
Back in 2003, the British Medical Journal published a 52 week study that showed that patients with neck pain healed faster with chiropractic adjustments than they did with physiotherapy and general practitioner care. The study involved 183 patients with neck pain who were randomly given one of three treatments: physiotherapy (exercise), manual therapy (spinal mobilization), and general practitioner care (education, counseling, and drugs). The total cost of chiropractic was 1/3 that of the other treatment methods, and it was more effective.
3 – Headaches (Tension and Migraine)
Aside from back pain, many patients seek help from chiropractors because of ongoing headaches. There are over 230 peer-reviewed articles online that reference chiropractic care for the treatment of headaches and migraines. One recent group trial showed that 22% of patients saw a 90% drop in headaches and migraine symptoms, and 49% reported a significant decrease in pain intensity.
4 – Colic and Ear Infections
A study from 2012, published in Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, revealed that chiropractic adjustments were extremely powerful in reducing colic symptoms. Though there are limited trials studying the effects of chiropractic on children, those that exist show that children with ear infections, acid reflux and colic have had their conditions completely resolved or nearly resolved in just a few visits to the chiropractor. This is because nerves that control the gut and the brain are closely connected to one another and are greatly influenced by vertebral subluxations.