If you have family members, friends, or coworkers who regularly see a chiropractor, you’ve probably heard about it. Those same people have likely told you about the benefits they’ve experienced from seeing a chiropractor. Their stories have led you to consider seeing a chiropractor yourself but wanting more information. Here are five things you may not know about chiropractic care.
1. Chiropractors require intensive schooling
Your spine plays many vital roles for your body; thus its care should only be left to properly trained professionals. Chiropractors are some of those professionals. To become a chiropractor, one must undergo eight or more years of intensive schooling. During their education, chiropractors thoroughly learn about the body’s complex spinal system through thousands of hours in classes and labs.
2. Chiropractic treatment is painless
It’s common for people to believe that chiropractic care causes pain but the opposite couldn’t be more true. Chiropractic treatments adjust the spine into natural and correct positions through careful hands-on manipulation. Cracking or popping that occurs during treatment might sound painful but is nothing more than built up gas pressure being released which is entirely painless.
3. Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy
When a woman becomes pregnant there’s a long list of things she’s told she shouldn’t do; chiropractic care is not one of them. As a baby develops, growing in size, it puts intense stress on a woman’s lower back and changes her center of gravity. Chiropractic care may be used to relieve that stress thus preventing back pain and creating a better pregnancy experience.
4. Chiropractic care enhances the immune system
Your body’s immune system works in tandem with other systems, such as the nervous system, to keep your body in good health. Spinal misalignments cause your body stress and result in poor communication between the immune and nervous systems. Consequently, the immune system doesn’t function at an optimal standard. Receiving chiropractic care reduces the stress and enhances communication between systems thus improving your body’s immune system.
5. Chiropractic care requires the patient to work
It’s not uncommon to go to a chiropractor and want them to solve all of our spinal problems. Unfortunately, such just isn’t possible. More often than not, chiropractors provide their patients with a list of things to do or not do, including attending more visits. Patients who have the greatest success with chiropractic care are the ones who follow through with their chiropractor’s professional advice.