Beyond Back Pain: 7 Ways Chiropractic Adjustments Can Improve Your Health and Well-Being

Chiropractic care is a type of manual therapy that might be best-known for addressing back pain. While it’s true that spinal manipulation is a key element of chiropractic adjustment, did you know that only about 35% of patients come to chiropractors for back pain?

Chiropractic adjustments help align your musculoskeletal system from top to bottom, and the benefits extend far beyond your back. At Apple Wellness Center, Michael Pasternack, DC, and our team regularly see patients who are bothered by a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Along with relieving pain — whether it stems from your spine or somewhere else — a few benefits of chiropractic care that could promote wellness are:

1. Soft tissue healing

Chiropractic care could help you recover from musculoskeletal injury or relieve symptoms of a degenerative condition like osteoarthritis. This includes many types of injury or damage that affect soft tissues like your muscles, tendons, ligaments, as well as your joints.

These types of injuries can be painful and slow-healing. Dr. Pasternack specializes in chiropractic care to improve nerve function and relieve pain in the affected area so you can focus on healing and other treatment, such as physical therapy

2. Increased mobility

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, but degenerative conditions often develop slowly and painlessly. Over time, your joints, connective tissues, and muscles may get tighter or weaker, gradually restricting your range of motion.

Chiropractic care increases joint mobility and flexibility to help you maintain your range of motion at every age. Getting chiropractic adjustments can also improve muscle strength. Dr. Pasternack can help loosen tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles, to optimize balance within your musculoskeletal system.

3. Fewer headaches

About 12% of Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Migraines and other types of headaches can interfere with your quality of life, but they’re notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat effectively.

Chiropractic care could offer lasting relief from chronic headaches, without the need for medication. Dr. Pasternack combines spinal manipulation with other therapies, like stretching, massage, and nutritional guidance, to help you find a headache treatment plan that makes a difference.

4. Reduced tension

Muscle tension is your body’s response to stress. When you’re under a lot of stress, you might find that it’s difficult to relax your body and your mind. Constant tension can manifest in many different ways, from sore muscles and reduced mobility to tension headaches and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Chiropractic manipulation targets areas of tension in your body to relieve pain and restore wellness. Using targeted manipulations, Dr. Pasternack can address tension headaches, TMJ disorder, and many other types of musculoskeletal tension.

5. More restful sleep

Restful sleep is essential for optimal health. One bad night’s rest can make you irritable, fatigued, and slow to react. When sleep problems become a regular occurrence, it can have a serious impact on your quality of life.

Even if you don’t feel uncomfortable at night, regular chiropractic manipulation supports better quality sleep in a variety of ways. It helps relieve stress in your body and reduce strain on nerves and bones in your spine. Dr. Pasternack works with you to improve your quality of sleep from the inside out.

6. Improved digestion

Your digestive system relies on your nervous system in many ways. Nerves in your spine control the digestive process, and spinal misalignments can interfere with healthy digestion.

People with chronic digestive issues, like constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), could find that chiropractic care improves their symptoms. Dr. Pasternack uses manipulations to remove nerve blockages that prevent proper digestion, to help you feel better.

7. Better balance

Your sense of balance is innate, but your ability to maintain your balance starts declining with age. Balance is essential for standing and moving without falling over, and dizziness and balance issues can make your everyday life much more difficult.

Chiropractic care can help reduce feelings of dizziness, especially if you have a balance condition like vertigo. Dr. Pasternack targets your head and neck to improve the way your joints move, reducing episodes of dizziness.

Don’t wait until you’re in pain to visit the chiropractor. Schedule an assessment with us at Apple Wellness Center to find out how chiropractic care could fit into your wellness routine. Contact our office in Winchester, Virginia, at 540-224-7220 or book an appointment online.

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