Approximately 20% of adults in the United States struggle with pain on a daily basis. And believe it or not, low back pain is the second most common reason people see their doctor. While medication can certainly help manage chronic pain, many people are interested in alternative treatment options for pain relief. Chiropractic care is one potential and effective option, especially if you suffer from back, neck, or joint pain. Here are just a few of the top benefits you gain from seeing a Centennial chiropractor.
1. Relieve back pain
Back pain is difficult to deal with. Approximately 80% of Americans will struggle with some sort of back pain at some point throughout their life, according to the ACA. Whether you’re struggling with acute or chronic back pain, chiropractic treatment can help. In fact, the American College of Physicians recommends healthcare providers encourage their patients to first seek non-medication treatments to treat their back pain.
A chiropractor can significantly reduce your back pain via non-invasive techniques. In many cases, chiropractic care is a more affordable alternative than other types of back pain treatments.
2. Improve neck pain
Poor posture, sedentary lifestyles, and frequently bending your neck to look at your phone are just a few of the common culprits of neck pain. A chiropractor can perform an effective spinal manipulation to help ease tension and reduce neck pain.
3. Reduce inflammation
Inflammation is one of the most common causes of pain, joint problems, and muscle tension. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce the production of cytokines, a protein that regulates the immune system. When this protein builds up, it can cause a severe inflammatory response. A smaller buildup of cytokines will help reduce your inflammation.
Aligning the spine is also key to ensuring your nerves are functioning the way they should.
4. Decrease dependence on opioids and other pain relief medications
People who struggle with chronic pain are often prescribed opioid pain relievers to help them manage their discomfort. The problem is: these medications are highly addictive. It’s estimated that between 21% - 29% of people prescribed opioid pain medications misuse them (drugabuse.gov).
Fortunately, one study found that adults who visited a chiropractor to help treat their pain were less likely to be given an opioid prescription compared to individuals who only saw their primary care doctor.
5. Improve symptoms of neurological conditions
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve blood flow in the brain. Some adjustments can even increase the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. This can greatly help people who are suffering from neurological conditions or brain injuries.
6. Improve athletic performance
Chiropractic therapy can improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and decrease tissue restrictions, which are all things that can help improve athletic performance and recovery.
Set up a consultation with a Centennial chiropractor today
If you’re interested in seeing up a consultation with a Centennial chiropractor, reach out to us today at McWhorter CNR. Whether you’re struggling with chronic or acute pain, a neurological condition, or want to improve your overall mobility, we are here to help.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start living a happier, healthier life.