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While your chiropractor here in Reno (or anywhere!) can treat your aching back, that’s not the end of it. Here are three conditions your chiropractor can treat – that may surprise you.

1. Your Chiropractor Can Treat Your Headaches & Migraines

We’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating. Ninety percent of Americans suffer from headaches, and they can range from just annoying to downright debilitating with all kinds of unpleasant side effects.

Instead of popping pain relievers, consider calling the chiropractor. Research has shown that spinal manipulation is an effective means of treating tension headaches and those that originate in the neck. The thing is, most headaches can be attributed to muscle tension in the neck. Blame it on bad posture, or hours spent sitting or standing in the same position.

What can a chiropractor do?

In addition to assessing you to determine whether a spinal manipulation or other chiropractic adjustments are necessary, your chiropractor can also offer advice on things like posture, diet and exercise, which can help reduce your likelihood of headaches.

2. Your Chiropractor can Help with Stress & Anxiety

Sources of stress in our day-to-day lives come from our bodies, our emotions or our environment. Think about it. Environmental stresses include noise, time pressures, performance standards and physical threats. Stress on our bodies include disease, organ malfunction, inadequate nutrition, poor sleep and injury. And emotional stress is our reaction to environmental and physical stress.

When we lead stressful lives, it can have a systematic impact on our bodies as a whole, negatively impacting health.

What can a chiropractor do?

The simple act of releasing muscle tension can help the body return to a more balanced and relaxed state. A doctor can also recommend nutritional supplements to better help the body cope with stress, and show you useful relaxation techniques as well.

3. A Chiropractor can help Boost your Immune System

A connection exists between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, with messenger molecules mediating communication between them. One of these messenger molecules was previously considered to be an immune system molecule, but recent research shows that it’s also active in the nervous system. The conclusion? Neural dysfunction resulting from spinal misalignments stress the body and impact the immune system.

What can a chiropractor do?

By targeting and eliminating subluxations, another word for the spinal misalignments that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways, chiropractors can help reduce stress on the nervous system. By reducing stress, they can boost responses from both the nervous and immune systems.

Studies have also shown an increase in white blood cell count following adjustments to sublaxated areas.

Learn more about what you can expect from a visit to Dr. McSweeney and how she can help you.