Many of you have experienced the benefits of chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain, headaches, rotator cuff shoulder problems, etc. Getting the spinal joints moving freely is important for spinal health. It helps to keep the foramen (spaces where the nerves travel) free from interference to the nerve flow. Any pressure or tension on these spinal nerves cause symptoms, such as decreases in strength, decrease in sensation, pain, and even possibly affect the function of the organs which these nerves supply.
If you have come in recently for a few adjustments for an episode of back pain, etc., consider a monthly spinal tune-up after you are feeling better. Regular chiropractic adjustments can reduce the likelihood of future episodes of back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. My patients who come in monthly for spinal tune-ups note that they feel less stressed, looser, and that their overall health is improved.
Did you know that there is a preliminary research showing that chiropractic adjustments may have a positive benefit for the immune system?(1,2,3) Two additional studies demonstrate that manipulation may induce benefit the immune system by enhancing production of the immunoregulatory cytokine IL-2 and the production of immunoglobulins.(4,5) Asymptomatic patients experience increased range of motion and flexibility with chiropractic care.(6)
Regular chiropractic care has also been shown to improve athletic performance. In particular, chiropractic has resulted in improved agility, balance, speed of reaction time, power, and kinesthetic perception.(7) After 12 weeks of chiropractic care, there was a 16.7% improvement in athletic performance. Another study demonstrated that 21 college athletes after 14 weeks of chiropractic care showed significant improvements in muscle strength, long jump distance, and capillary counts.(8)
Researchers from Rand Corporation analyzed older patients (over 75 yrs of age) who utilize chiropractic care regularly.(9) Regular chiropractic patients reported better overall health, spent fewer days in hospitals and nursing homes, used fewer prescription and over the counter drugs, and were more active than the non-chiropractic patients.
6. Nansel DD, Cremata E, Carlson J, et al. Effect of unilateral spinal adjustments on goniometrically-assessed cervical lateral-flexion end-range asymmetry in Otherwise Asymptomatic Subjects” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989; 12(6): 419-427.
7. Lauro A, Mouch B. Chiropractic effects on athletic ability. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1991; 6(4): 84-87.
8. Schwartzbauer J, Kolber J, Schwartzbauer M, Hart J, Zhang J. Athletic performance and physiological measures in baseball players following upper cervical chiropractic care: a pilot study. J Vertebral Subluxation Res. 1997; 1(4): 33-39.
9. Coulter ID, Hurwitz EL, Aronow HU, Cassata DM, Beck JC. Chiropractic patients in a comprehensive home-based geriatric assessment, followup and health promotion program. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 1996; 3(2): 46-55.
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