Chiropractic care tends to be associated with back and neck pain. In fact, many people think that it can only be used to treat those kinds of conditions. A few may realize that it can also be good for joint issues.
The fact is there are some other things that chiropractic care can help treat, although not always on its own. Here are five rather unexpected problems that a good chiropractor can help you with.
1. Migraines and Tension Headaches
Persistent headaches are frustrating. Migraines can knock you out for days, and are considered a disability. Tension headaches tend to be less severe, but have a habit of coming back. Painkillers don't always help or can have side effects of their own.
The primary cause of tension headaches is stiffness in the neck, something a chiropractor can help with. Tension headaches can also be caused by poor ergonomics and posture, especially when using a computer. Your chiropractor can help you adjust the way you work to avoid them in the future.
As for migraines, one study showed that 72% of sufferers experienced some improvement. Chiropractic care cannot cure migraines, but it may help reduce some of the things which trigger them, which can include stress and physical tension. Be sure to tell your chiropractor if you are using any migraine medications. This may change the type of treatment they can provide.
2. Stress and Anxiety
We live in an extremely stressful world. Most Americans are constantly stressed. Fixing the life situation that causes your stress is optimal, but it may not be possible to quit your job no matter how frustrating your boss is. Good life events such as getting married or adopting a child can also cause a lot of stress.
Chiropractic care helps you physically relax, reducing the physical symptoms of stress. A lot of chiropractors also offer massage therapy, which can go a long way to help manage stress.
Fibromyalgia is a poorly-understood chronic disorder that causes pain through your entire body. The cause is unknown and effective treatments are rare.
A recent study, however, showed that 60 percent of FM patients who received good chiropractic care experienced reduced pain and improved sleep. Treatments for fibro focus on increasing the mobility between spinal vertebrae and thus the range of motion, decreasing pain, treating pressure points, and releasing pressure on nerves that can reduce the flow of energy through the nervous system.
4. Immune System Problems
A lot of people have weakened immune systems, which in and of itself often comes back to the stress many people are under. If your immune system is weak, then you are prone to infections and take longer to recover from them. This can result in a cold lasting for days and more severe infections can put you in the hospital. You may also need a boost if you work in childcare or healthcare. Chiropractic care has been shown to increase the flow of infection fighting white blood cells through the body as well as helping the central nervous system work efficiently.
5. Sinus Problems
If you have a sinus infection or something else causing sinus pain, chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor has techniques that can encourage your sinuses to drain properly, reducing headaches and ear pain, and help you recover faster. Chiropractic care can also help with lingering pain in the forehead, cheek bones, or teeth.
Chiropractic care is not just for back pain, but can help with a number of overall health situations. If you are suffering from any of the above, today to find out what we can do to help.