According to Scott P. Zack of Michigan, over 22 million Americans seek treatment from a chiropractor every year.
Chiropractic is a medical practice that provides treatment to problems relating to the musculoskeletal system. This system is comprised of a body’s muscles, bones, joints, tendons and allows the body to move freely and easily. The practice also seeks to treat problems relating to the central nervous system through the realignment of the spine, joints and certain bones. This realignment is called chiropractic manipulation. According to Scott P. Zack of Michigan, over 22 million Americans seek treatment from a chiropractor every year. But with so many people making appointments and attending consultations, what are the benefits of chiropractic care?
“Chiropractic offers pain relief for a number of different ailments throughout the body.” Says Scott Zack. While the main practice of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, other treatments include manual or manipulative therapies, exercise, and ergonomic training. These treatments work on pulled muscles, stiff joints, and sore tendons to help repair the body and offer pain relief.
When one thinks of warm-ups, they generally have the idea of a person doing jumping jacks or running on the spot in mind. While these are effective, new research has shown the myriad benefits of chiropractic for warming up muscles and getting bodies limber before exercise. “This is great for athletes looking to compete in important competitions.” Scott P. Zack says. “The treatments can focus on a specific muscle, or target all major muscle groups for a full-body workout.”
Lower Back Pain Relief
Lower back pain is one of the most prevalent ailments in the world, and one that most people will suffer from at one time or another. Chiropractic manipulations have proven to be very effective at treating lower back pain, and often offers major relief when it comes to debilitating pain. It’s important that only qualified professionals attempt such manipulations, however, as injury can occur if they are attempted by sub-par practitioners.
Joints and Arthritis
Arthritis is a broad term for a disease that causes mild to extreme pain in the joints and their surrounding tissues. The most common form of this is osteoarthritis. Just as it has been found in recent years that chiropractic offers definite relief for back pain, so too have patients reported that chiropractic has been effective in treating arthritis. “It’s not a permanent cure.” Scott Zack says. “But chiropractic has helped many patients who are suffering from painful arthritis.”