When you think of chiropractic care, back pain is probably the first thing that leaps to mind. Back troubles are incredibly common, and you might already know a few friends or relatives who regularly visit a chiropractor for treatment of their back pain.
Popular conceptions aside, chiropractic care can actually treat far more conditions than just back pain. At the core of its philosophy, chiropractic care revolves around the nervous system which acts as the messenger system of the body. Any time communication within the nervous system suffers blockage or interference in any way, pain, discomfort, and lack of proper function can occur anywhere in the body.
When we address that interference within the nervous system, a number of conditions will improve. Chiropractic care can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments including, but not limited to
- Migraine headaches
- Tension headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Sacroiliac pain
- Knee pain
- … and much more
In fact, because every body system is impacted by nervous system dysfunction, removing interference will help all other systems to function better. You might be surprised to find that conditions like anxiety can be relieved by chiropractic care, because chiropractic adjustments can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Or, your immune system function could be restored due to improved nervous system messaging.
And to offer another example: Each vertebra in the spine is associated with nerves that send messages to the rest of the body. So for example, one vertebra near the top of the spine contains nerves that communicate with your sinuses. Manipulation of this vertebra can help your sinus passages to drain if you’re suffering from allergies or a cold.
As you can see, chiropractic care encompasses much more than treatment of back pain! If you’re suffering any ailment that has not responded to other efforts at treatment, call us to schedule a consultation. We can assess your health issue and decide whether chiropractic care might be the solution you seek.