Chiropractic treatment is a method of complementary and alternative medicine that focuses on the realignment of the bones to relieve pain and promote healing. The main goal of chiropractic care is to properly align the spine and restore movement by performing a series of adjustments along the joints.
Chiropractic treatment operates under the belief that a restricted spine leads to health problems. When the energy that flows along the spine is blocked, a person may not thrive. According to the theory, the body can experience augmented self-healing and self-preservation when the spine is properly aligned.
Seeing a chiropractor isn't just about having your back “cracked.” When you find the right chiropractor, you will notice that they can help with pain management, improve your mood, and increase mobility. Another benefit of chiropractic care is that chiropractors can offer stress relief directly and indirectly. Receiving chiropractic care feels good — as the pressure is released from your spine, the pain quickly dissipates. The breathing exercises that usually accompany chiropractic care augment this effect.
Chiropractic Care and Stress Relief
Every chiropractor has seen patients who have been ravaged by chronic stress, with their stress manifesting itself in the form of chronic pain. Regardless of the source, the stress interferes with your personal and professional life. Stress, unfortunately, is the source of so many different diseases that some have estimated it accounts for half of the nation's healthcare-related expenses. We are stressed and sometimes we do not know how to address it.
Chiropractors are equipped with powerful tools against stress. By working within the spine, a chiropractor can manipulate stress impulses, helping patients cope. Proper spinal realignment is usually the first step in reducing stress. When the spine is misaligned, the nervous system is unable to properly send messages. Corrected alignment means better communication within the body. Chiropractic care also intersects with exercise, lowering hormones and chemicals in the body that can build up from periods of prolonged stress.
During a chiropractic session, tension within the muscles will be released, spinal nerves will be relaxed, and blood circulation throughout the body will improve. These changes are usually immediate, with the effects encouraging the brain to switch off the fight or flight response, returning to a more relaxed state.
About The Back Institute of West Texas
The Back Institute of West Texas caters to the community of Odessa and surrounding areas. Dr. Mark Mehaffey, head chiropractor, can help alleviate the physical symptoms of stress, including chronic back pain, persistently sore shoulders, and issues affecting your muscles and joints. Treatments are well researched, with each patient receiving customized treatment. To learn more, contact us.