Chiropractic is more than just treatment of pain symptoms: chiropractic is about optimizing your health in general.
Dozens of medical studies have found that chiropractic can be effective for a variety of health conditions.
Posture and Chiropractic
A chiropractor is trained to detect poor posture and its underlying reasons. Unhealthy posture can indicate problems with the spine or nervous system. It is important to discover the reason for poor posture and to treat the problem before further health issues arise.
A common posture problem is forward tilt of the pelvis. The body’s weight shifts forward, causing excessive curvature and muscle weakness. This can cause chronic lower back and muscle pain, sciatica, leg weakness and circulation problems in the lower extremities. Premature spinal arthritis of the joints and discs can develop.
Chiropractic treatment can address health issues caused by forward tilt of the pelvis and other posture problems. A chiropractor may use spinal manipulation to realign the pelvis and prevent it from tipping. Myofascial therapy can alleviate trigger points (areas of tenderness in the muscles). Stretching exercises may be prescribed to help reduce muscle tension and pain.
Research has shown that poor posture can lead to further health problems. Take good care of your spine and attend to any painful areas early on. A chiropractor can teach you how to maintain a healthy posture, so that you can protect your back while you sleep, exercise and work.
Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Pregnant women can safely receive chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic treatments can promote a healthy, stress-free pregnancy by alleviating joint pain, muscle aches and nausea.
Chiropractors are trained to accommodate the special needs of pregnant women. Treatments are modified so that no pressure is applied to the abdomen. Some chiropractors receive specialized training to address specific conditions that can arise during pregnancy. Such a practitioner will have a special table that adjusts to accommodate the belly at all stages of pregnancy.
Misaligned joints may be caused by the massive changes that occur during a pregnancy. Weight gain, changes to the alignment of the pelvis, changes to posture, and increased curvature of the back all contribute to pain and discomfort. Chiropractic treatments can be especially effective in reducing the effects of these physical stresses on the body.
Chiropractic treatment can provide relief for other symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea and morning sickness. Stress to the uterus and its supporting ligaments may be reduced by means of a specialized technique in establishing balance in the pelvis.
Maintaining a healthy spinal alignment will assist the body in functioning more effectively during this significant time of change.