What Can A Spinal Manipulation Do For Your Health?

A spinal manipulation may sound like a scary and complicated procedure, but it’s really very safe and even more beneficial to a person’s overall health than you may realize.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about the nature of chiropractic care, and the treatment techniques such as spinal manipulations that are performed by licensed chiropractors.

These unfair misunderstandings about chiropractic treatment have probably been blocking many people from getting access to a treatment plan that will more than likely work for their specific health needs, regardless of what they are. This is because chiropractic manipulations have been scientifically proven to enhance a person’s overall health, rather than just treating one specific issue such as back pain. Even though chiropractic care is highly regarded within the medical community for its ability to treat back pain, it provides many other uses as well. 


When you meet with a chiropractor for your initial consultation, he or she will want to hear about your personal medical history before examining your spinal column for any misalignments. These misalignments are also known as vertebral subluxations, and they can be caused by injuries, illnesses, strains, or falls. If left untreated, these subluxations can have a damaging effect on your musculoskeletal system, and therefore your entire body.

Subluxations tend to cause pain in the back and neck, and are often the cause of chronic headaches and shoulder stiffness, among other conditions. These subluxations can also disrupt the central nervous system by blocking communication between the body and the brain, which in turn can weaken the body’s defense mechanisms, such as the immune system. In this way, a spinal column in poor health can only negatively impact the rest of the body.


Spinal manipulations and adjustments seek to fix this damage. During a typical chiropractic session, the chiropractor will use safe manual manipulation techniques to coax the spinal column back into its proper alignment. As this occurs, many other aspects of the body begin to heal as well. Inflammation may become reduced, leading to instant pain relief. The immune system often becomes strengthened from these manipulations, and even stress levels can be reduced as well. When you go in for a spinal manipulation, you’ll more than likely be walking out of the clinic with a much healthier body overall. 

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