Most people go to a chiropractor initially to address pain they are experiencing in their back or neck.
While chiropractic has proven time and time again to be a highly effective means for reducing back and neck pain, what about after the pain subsides?
What are the benefits of chiropractic in asymptomatic people that no longer have, or even that have never experienced, spine related pain?
If you have been to a chiropractor in the past or even if you have a family member that has used chiropractic services, you have likely heard that the doctor recommended services even once the pain is gone.
This post-pain service is commonly referred to as preventative or maintenance care and is a little controversial in some circles as to if it is truly beneficial for people without pain.
Ask any chiropractor that not only practices in the profession for a living but also no doubt receives the very same type of treatment they provide on a ‘preventative’ or ‘maintenance’ level and they will of course tell you that chiropractic is much more than a way to get out of pain – It’s a way to maintain optimal health for life.
But what does research show?
According to a 2004 review of literature by Sean M. Hannon, BA, DC, focused on the benefit of chiropractic adjustments in people with no significant pain, it was found that there is strong evidence to support that adjustments “confer health benefits to people regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms.”
The review showed significant improvements in respiration, range of motion, cardiovascular function, immune function, muscle strength, healing time and reduced labor times in pregnant women under chiropractic care just to name a few benefits.
During my 18 years of chiropractic, I have seen firsthand the impact that adjustments can have on patients that have ‘no pain.’ The goal for these people, myself included, is to maintain optimal nerve flow from their spine to their muscles and organ systems to ensure they are functioning at their maximum level and to prevent problems from sneaking up on them.
Whether it’s improved flexibility, more energy, getting sick less often or adding 10 yards onto their drive during the weekly golf game, every day I have the privilege of getting to hear about the impact a spinal adjustment is having on peoples’ lives.
Combined with a healthy diet, exercise and management of stress, I have made sure that regular chiropractic adjustments have remained a consistent part of my family’s wellness plan. And while I respect anyone’s decision to utilize the incredible power of chiropractic in whatever way makes sense to them, I equally believe that people should be aware of the impact a lifetime of chiropractic care can have on overall prevention of future problems and optimizing wellness right now.
Many more people in our society are addicted to pain pills – that over time prove to have harsh side effects – than are addicted to natural alternatives such as chiropractic and massage. For some the medication is essential for pain control but for so many others, taking a vested interest in truly optimizing their health would enable them to utilize drugs as they were originally intended… bridging the gap between injury and healing.
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