We know that chiropractic care is an amazing way to heal after a sports injury, car accident, surgery, or other mobility-related trauma. But it offers many other benefits as well, from treating pregnancy aches and pains to proactively improving balance and range of motion. It can even help combat the all-too-common symptoms of stress and anxiety. Whatever your unique need, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chani Henderson to discuss how chiropractic services can become a valued part of your routine.
Say the word ‘chiropractor’ and most people think back pain. WebMD reports that “Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.” But, they continue, such treatment can also benefit neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis through its gentle pressure, stretching, and skilled adjustments.
Beyond pain disorders, chiropractic care is also known to improve your body’s immune system. Studies have shown that “The nervous system, endocrine system and immune system are inextricably linked…leading researchers to believe that neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and can cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response.”
The interconnected human body means issues—and their solutions—can be knotty. For example, “Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways, affecting the body’s organs…According to researchers, such stressful conditions lead to altered measures of immune function and an increased susceptibility to a variety of diseases.”
Stress and Anxiety
Perhaps one of the most unexpected benefits of chiropractic care relates to stress and anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that “Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.”
These symptoms include fatigue, muscle tension, sleep problems, and irritability. Mental health clinicians incorporate chiropractic care because “In general, chiropractic care aims to find the right balance between your mind and body. A chiropractor will do this by looking at all health areas, including adjustments, therapies, exercise, diet and supplements. When it comes to chiropractic care, no stone goes unturned. Even small changes, such as incorporating omega-3 into your diet, may have a positive impact on anxiety symptoms.”
They also acknowledge that treatment lowers blood pressure; promotes natural solutions with no medication-related side effects; helps with sleep, tension, stiffness, and headaches; and encourages relaxation. “As traditional health care costs continue to soar, more patients are looking to alternatives that are affordable and effective. Contact a chiropractor near you to discuss a potential treatment plan for symptoms. He/she will be able to customize a plan depending on your situation and try to give you the relief you deserve. If you’re looking for relief from your mental health symptoms, chiropractic care is a proven method that may improve your quality of life in the long run.”
Combatting stress is equally important. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic warn that “stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.”
Whether you’re battling the aches and pains of aging, recovering from surgery, or feeling stiff and clumsy from too much time indoors during winter weather, a visit to the chiropractor can help. Unsure if Dr. Henderson’s services are the right fit? Schedule a consultation and sit down to chat. She’ll ask about your medical history, treatment goals, and answer any questions you might have.
“During the initial chiropractic consultation, you will have a chance to tell me all about your health conditions or concerns,” explains Dr. Henderson. “I want to know how it started, what it feels like, what you’ve done about it so far, and what may have worked before…even if it was just temporarily.” Start the process by contacting her Vancouver WA office online or by calling (360) 254-0400.