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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain

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Nothing is worse than chronic pain. You are reminded of it every day when you move in a certain way. You may think the only way to alleviate the pain is with expensive, risky, and time-consuming surgery or painkillers that can be dangerous and addictive. However, chiropractic care can help to reduce and possibly even eliminate chronic pain caused by injury or disease. 

How Does Chiropractic Care Work?

According to, a chiropractor helps patients by making sure that their spines are properly aligned. They do this by manipulating the spine with their hands or a tool.

Your spine has many important functions. It supports the structure of your body and protects your spinal cord. The spinal cord helps to control your reflexes and sends messages from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa. It helps your brain tell your body what to do.

When a person has an injury, a message travels from the injured area of their body through sensory receptors to the spinal cord and the brainstem. 

If your spine is not aligned correctly, the structure of your body will not be supported properly. It may not be able to protect your spinal cord as well as it should. Your spine will be able to function better when a chiropractor gets it in alignment. 

Eliminate Stress

When your spine is not properly aligned, it puts stress on all the wrong places in your back. A chiropractic adjustment will help align the vertebrate in your spine to promote healthy blood circulation. This will help relieve stress in your back and the rest of your body.

Help for Chronic Headaches

Chiropractic care is considered especially good for headaches that originate in the neck and tension headaches. 

When a person has chronic neck pain, they will often feel pressure at the base of their skull and in their face. A chiropractor can adjust your neck to relieve muscle tension and restore the range of motion in your neck. This will help eliminate headaches that begin in the neck.

Tension headaches make the person suffering from them feel as though they have bands around their head. Tension headaches are often chronic and can last up to 15 days each month. A study at Duke University found that chiropractic care can help with chronic and occasional tension headaches. The study found that chiropractic care is even better for tension headaches than medication.

Help For People Suffering From Arthritis

Chronic inflammation of the joints is called arthritis. Chiropractic treatment increases flexibility to take tension off the affected joints. The very best chiropractors will also offer vitamin drip treatments and diet plans. Vitamins can help relieve tension in the joints.

Medication is often used to treat arthritis, but chiropractic care can help reduce the need for painkillers and medical treatment.