If you are like most people, when you think about going to the chiropractor it’s usually associated with having your back or spine treated. The interesting thing is that chiropractic medicine actually focuses on the whole body and aligning each system to work in harmony with the others. There are many conditions that can be helped by seeing a chiropractor that you may not even be aware of.
Regular adjustments and healing programs can keep your body functions running smoothly and keep your general health in check. Physical therapy to help treat and correct joint and muscle issues is the most common treatment that you will find, however, there are plenty of other conditions that can also be treated effectively by a chiropractor.
When your body and spine are out of alignment, the symptoms can range from physical pain to a less effective immune system. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser known issues that can be treated with proper chiropractic care.
Millions of people suffer from seasonal or other allergies every year. What needs to be considered is that the symptoms of allergies are actually caused by an ineffective immune system. Most people with allergies rely on medications for relief, but this only treats the symptoms and not the root of the problem. By releasing stress from your nervous system through chiropractic manipulation you can strengthen your immune system and actually reduce the frequency of allergy attacks.
Asthma attacks are often caused by an increase in cortisol in the body, making it hard to breathe and your lungs to fight to function. There are over 20 million asthma suffers in the U.S. with the largest majority being children under the age of 12. Chiropractors have experience and training to treat children as well, and can help with your child’s asthma issues. With proper spine manipulation and alignment, your body can better control the production of hormones in your bloodstream and help reduce the effects and severity of the attacks.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
One of the most misdiagnosed issues in adults, CFS can leave you not only feeling tired but also struggling with concentration, insomnia and enlarged lymph nodes. For many people, there is an assumption that the symptoms are simply a side effect of a busy and stressful life. However, if not properly dealt with, these symptoms can become chronic very quickly. With proper chiropractic care and a customized diet and exercise program, the symptoms of CFS can be managed by most people and even eliminate the problem entirely.
For anyone who has ever suffered through the intense pain of a migraine headache, you know that any relief is welcome. Migraines affect women 3 times more often than men, and are often associated with the estrogen hormone. While hormones can be a contributing factor to a migraine, most of them are caused by stress, tightened back and neck muscles and even diet. Seeing your chiropractor for regular spinal decompression and deep tissue massage can help reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.