Chiropractic care isn’t just for middle-aged adults with back pain. Everyone from infants to senior citizens can benefit. There are even veterinary practitioners who perform spinal adjustments on cats and dogs. This article will talk about your non-furry family members and the specific benefits of chiropractic care in different life stages.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends chiropractic care as a safe and effective treatment for uncomfortable side-effects of pregnancy. Chiropractic care can relieve nausea, improve back and hip pain, and treat headaches and migraines. There are also significant benefits for the fetus. Many women don’t know they have a tilted pelvis until they become pregnant. Left untreated, this condition can restrict movement in the womb and lead to serious health problems for the infant. Issues with pelvic alignment may also make it harder for the baby to turn and increase the chances of breech birth. Several studies have shown that receiving regular chiropractic care during pregnancy is linked to shorter, easier labor and decreased likelihood of complications.
After you deliver, your body will need to adapt as your weight changes, and you begin new tasks like breastfeeding. Many new mothers experience upper back and neck pain due to the hunched forward positions required by infant care tasks. Your hips and lower back may also need some help adjusting to post-Partum life. Becoming a parent is never easy, but regular visits to your chiropractor can make the experience more comfortable.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Healthy Adults
If you felt personally singled out by the “middle-aged adults with back pain” above, this section is for you. It’s also for adults who don’t have back pain. People often think of chiropractors as bone doctors or back doctors, but many benefits of chiropractic care stem from its effects on the nervous system.
The vertebrae of your spine protect your spinal cord. Nerves branch out through gaps in the vertebrae to every other part of your body. Vertebral misalignments often impair nerves and cause symptoms in various body systems. Digestive issues, menstrual problems, and even allergies can all be caused or worsened by subluxations in your spine. Getting subluxations fixed on a regular basis will help you feel your best. Of course, getting adjusted regularly can also prevent and treat back pain. Athletes who get adjusted regularly are less likely to get injured and show increased coordination and range of movement. So it should go without saying that your workout routine will benefit from seeing your chiropractor.
Just as seeing your MD regularly can help catch health issues while they are small and treatable, seeing a chiropractor can do the same. If your posture is suffering, your chiropractor can help you correct it before it causes chronic pain. He can also make sure your pelvis isn’t tilted before you become pregnant. Plus, chiropractic care is proven to reduce feelings of stress, and what adult doesn’t need that?
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Infants and Kids
Infants go through a lot just to enter the world, and sometimes they have trouble latching or nursing or experience colic because of spinal subluxations. Spinal adjustment is a proven treatment for these issues in infants. The idea of having your baby’s back ‘cracked’ might seem scary, but don’t worry, chiropractors are trained in gentle methods–using just one finger- to adjust infants. They also use these methods on small children.
As kids grow, they develop curves in their spine and feet, which are vital for balance, and shock absorption. They crawl, then walk, and they fall a lot. Older kids rough house on the playground and sit for hours in school. They also carry backpacks. Kid’s backs go through a lot, and they can experience aches and pains just like adults. Symptoms of spinal problems in kids include posture changes, difficulty concentrating in school, sudden behavior problems, and sleep problems.
Regular, preventative chiropractic appointments aid with healthy growth and development. Many problems are easier to fix in childhood before bones have finished developing. Your chiropractor can screen for scoliosis, foot abnormalities, and other problems that could cause pain and health issues down the road if left untreated.
Benefits of Spinal Adjustment for Seniors
Chiropractors use gentler methods for adjusting older adults and can even safely adjust people with mild to moderate osteoporosis. There are many life-changing benefits of seeing a chiropractor in your golden years. The most important is that it improves balance, reducing the risk of falls. Your chiropractor can also show you exercises to improve strength and posture so you can stay active. Back, knee, and hip pain can all be helped with chiropractic care. You may be suffering pain in these areas because of untreated foot problems or posture issues. Don’t assume it’s ‘just your age.’ Your chiropractor can help you treat painful problems so you can live your best life at any age.
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