While many people associate chiropractic care with back and neck pain, there’s a lot more to it. The human body is an amazingly complex machine, and there’s a lot of overlap in the myriad of systems and processes that keep it running. That’s why something going wrong here can have an effect over there. That’s also why a hip adjustment, for example, can make not only your hip feel better, but improve the body in ways you wouldn’t have expected. Here are three benefits of getting adjusted.
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Picture a garden hose. It may be sturdy, with no leaks, and it may be long enough to reach the farthest spot in your garden. But if the hose is kinked in one or more spots, it’s just not going to work as it should. Your body, while certainly not a garden hose, works in a similar fashion. A kink somewhere can have a ripple effect on your health in other areas. But smooth out those kinks, and both your hose — and your body — are functional once again. And the benefits are impressive.
- Reduced reliance on pain medications. When we’re in pain, it’s common to reach for pain relievers. And the more serious the pain, the more serious the drugs — and the greater the side effects. But pain medications are designed to target the symptom and not necessarily the issue causing that symptom. By addressing the root cause of pain and inflammation in the body, chiropractic care can reduce the need for medications intended to relieve pain symptoms.
- Weight loss. When you’re in pain, the idea of exercise or even gentle movement can be intimidating. It’s normal to compensate for pain by moving less, but that creates issues of its own. Sedentary lifestyles lead to increased aches and pains and a greater risk of weight gain, which can also exacerbate pain in the body. It’s a pretty terrible cycle. By alleviating the source of the pain, you can get back to physical activities that stimulate your body and mind and help you maintain a healthy weight.
- Improved posture. Our device-focused lifestyles are contributing to worsening posture, which creates problems of its own. Poor posture increases ligament stress, wastes energy, causes greater wear and tear on muscles and joints, and negatively affects mood and digestion. In addition to an adjustment, chiropractic care can include muscle release and show you strengthening exercises to address soft-tissue imbalances that result from prolonged poor posture.
There’s so much more to chiropractic than back and neck pain, and one visit is often all it takes for people to really, truly understand some of the many connections in the body. If you’re ready to experience chiropractic care, Dr. Lynelle McSweeney here in Reno offers a multi-technique, holistic approach with numerous benefits. Schedule a visit today.