Whether you’ve recently suffered a sports injury, been in a car accident, or simply need relief from back pain due to pregnancy or manual labour, a visit to your local chiropractor in Denver can lead to life-changing benefits and relief.
According to the National Library of Medicine, more than 70 million Americans suffer from one form of chronic pain or another, with lower back pain being the second-most common reason for a doctor’s visit. Many need more specialised treatment than a general practitioner, so they place their trust in chiropractors, who are essentially body manipulation wizards trying to realign and convince your body to heal itself.
Focusing mostly on bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, and other connective tissue below will outline a list of some of the target audiences that could receive the most benefit from experimenting with chiropractic care.
All chiropractors are trained to treat pregnant women. To avoid unneeded pressure on the back or abdomen, chiropractic care is known to relieve some of the uncomfortable side effects pregnancy brings on the body through physiological or endocrinological changes.
The protruding abdomen that results in the later stages of pregnancy can lead to a plethora of back curve issues, back pain, and bent posture. A misaligned spine or pelvis can lead to complications in the baby’s development, resulting in complications in natural births.
Some potential benefits of chiropractic care in pregnant women include:
- Relieving joint, back, and neck pain
- Preventing an unwanted c-section pregnancy
- Relieving symptoms of pregnancy-induced nausea
- Establish balance in the pelvis relieving unnecessary uterine stress during labour
- Relieving pre- and postnatal discomfort
Those who work in office settings, generally sitting at computers for multiple hours a day can see drastic improvements in neck and back pain from strain. According to a 2018 study by CBS, the average office worker spends 1,700 hours in front of a computer screen annually. That’s the equivalent of two months’ time.
Aligning your spine and joints allows for better posture, which can result in more than just a more attentive appearance at work. Fixing a heavy-leaning posture can lower the chances of injury in the future and provide pain relief.
Working in fluorescent lights for several hours a day can lead to headaches, resulting in a lack of productivity or increased discomfort during office hours. Chiropractors can target the source of the headaches and develop a strategy to reduce their frequency. Also, getting that extra pain relief can improve productivity, lead to better and deeper sleep, and improve mood.
Being a non-invasive and drug-free treatment in nature, chiropractic care is often the first choice for athletes and those coming off of sports-related injuries. Most professional sports teams across all sports have a chiropractic professional on their medical staff. Some benefits for athletes rooted in chiropractic care include:
- A wider range of motion to improve performance
- A reduction in pain from normal wear and tear from sports on the human body
- A decrease in recovery time, allowing injured athletes to get back on the court or field quicker
- A better understanding of diet and nutrition and how muscles respond to certain nutrients and foods
- A reduction in prescriptions needed for pain, which can have adverse side effects for the athlete
- Promote optimal wellness and dexterity
Motor vehicle accident victims
A nasty vehicle accident can do anything from producing chronic discomfort to eliminating muscle, bone, or joint function due to damage suffered upon the collision. Using chiropractic care can reduce inflammation after an injury. Realigning the spine or neck can reduce excessive inflammation which can result in daily discomfort or pain, especially after a traumatic injury.
Opting for chiropractic care can also reduce scar tissue and relieve pain from the body’s attempt to heal itself. While scar tissue is the body’s preventative measure in protecting itself, it can lead to chronic pain, discomfort, and stiffness that could get worse if less unattended. It can also restore the range of motion if some were lost as a result of the accident.
Infants and young children
As young bodies continue to grow and develop, chiropractic care is known to relieve discomfort, pain, and stress from falling, running, playing with others, and even the birth process, which is known to cause extreme stress and pressure on an infant’s spine.
A chiropractic visit can not only diagnose and address existing problems but even predict and prevent problems that can be foreseen in the future. Infants and children can find early relief from conditions like scoliosis, lordosis, or a vertebral subluxation complex, which can displace and put pressure on viral internal organs.
Workers on their feet for several hours a day that often lift heavy objects as a part of their jobs or work with tools and machinery can benefit from the relieving stress their jobs put on their bodies.
The process of bending over or lifting heavy objects above the head can produce intense stress on the spine, neck, shoulders, and lower back areas. Realigning the spine, getting massages, using acupuncture, and other methods can ease the muscles, relieve knots in the spine, and improve both the posture and performance of the workers.
Those that have seen combat and suffered injuries in the field can find relief in chiropractic care from their chronic pain. Several chiropractic practitioners provide discounted or even free treatment to veterans. In 2002, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 107-135, ensuring chiropractic care would become a permanent benefit to all eligible veterans.
Other benefits of chiropractic care
Some unexpected or undermined benefits from chiropractic care can improve other aspects of daily life for Americans, such as:
- Improved immune system. The nervous system determines and regulates cell functions. If you have a misalignment or something is out of whack in your nervous system, it can trickle into other areas of your body and cause a plethora of health issues.
- Improved energy and focus
- Lowered blood pressure. Studies show an adjustment targeting the upper neck can be nearly as effective as taking blood pressure medication.
- Improved digestion
- Better sleep
- Fewer complications for those with asthma
Chances are, chiropractic care can provide some form of relief no matter the situation. Approximately 35 million Americans receive chiropractic care annually.
Adam Mulligan did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.