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Chiropractic care is an alternative healthcare option that emphasizes the power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. A chiropractor focuses on the relationship between the structure and function of the body and uses treatments like spinal adjustments and soft tissue manipulation to relieve pain and prevent future injuries. Here are six benefits of chiropractic care that distinguish it from other types of care:

ALL-NATURAL

If you visit a chiropractor for pain management, headaches, or any other issue, they will only recommend drugs or surgery as a last resort if the chiropractic care proves ineffective. Chiropractors do everything in their power to help your body heal itself, which is not only more cost-effective, but is also safer than taking pain medication for a prolonged period of time or going under the knife.

IMPROVES POSTURE

Having poor posture is one of the most common causes of neck and back pain. Adjusting your spine not only provides immediate pain relief, but it also helps improve your posture over time by ensuring that everything is in alignment. Additionally, a chiropractor will also educate you on how to improve your posture in your daily life to prevent the problem from getting worse, such as keep your phone or computer at eye level instead of looking down at it.

RELIEVES STRESS

If your muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems are misaligned, you are probably going to feel as though your entire physical and mental well-being is ‘off’. Once a chiropractor adjusts your spine and gets those systems back to functioning the way they are supposed to, you will immediately feel your stress levels start to decrease. Plus, your stress will remain at a lower level for a longer period of time because you are not in as much pain.

INCREASES FLEXIBILITY

One benefit that nearly all chiropractic patients experience over time is increased flexibility. When your body is properly aligned, it makes sense that you will experience a greater range of motion. Additionally, when you are not constantly in pain, it will be easier for you to stretch your muscles and move freely.

IMPROVES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Many professional athletes visit a chiropractor on a regular basis to keep their bodies functioning at optimum levels. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can reduce muscle inflammation, boost the immune system, increase pulmonary function, and naturally increase energy levels, which in turn allows athletes (and regular people!) to perform better in activities that require physical stamina.

LESSENS THE LIKELIHOOD OF SURGERY

One of the goals of chiropractic care is to prevent patients from having to undergo expensive and painful surgeries. A chiropractor can manipulate the body in such a way that the pain dissipates and the patient no longer feels the need to undergo surgery for pain relief. Even the Journal of the American Medical Association recommends that individuals with debilitating back pain try seeing a chiropractor before resorting to surgery.

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