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There are many benefits to receiving chiropractic care, such as increased mobility, healing injuries and preventative care. After all, we use our bodies every day. We’re active, whether it’s exercise, working our jobs, spending time with family or just doing nothing. Sometimes we get hurt or have surgery and need some time to recover. Either way, chiropractic care should be a regular part of your routine, even if only for general maintenance.
There’s a lot we know and understand about chiropractic care and how it benefits us, but there are some facts that you may not know. Some of them may surprise you and may even help to convince you when considering if chiropractic care is right for you. Let’s take a look…
1. Chiropractors Don’t Crack Bones
It’s a common misconception that the ‘popping’ sound you hear when you go to a chiropractor is the sound of your bones cracking. That’s simply not the case.
During manual adjustments, that sound you hear is the release of gas from your joints that builds over time and creates tension that you feel in the form of joint pain. That buildup pushes your bones out of alignment, and the release that chiropractors provide when performing the adjustment helps to remove that obstacle and realign the bones to their proper places.
Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center is primarily an Activator clinic, meaning that when our patients receive adjustments, they won’t be hearing those popping noises at all. Instead, the adjustment is performed using an instrument that provides gentler, more targeted adjustments directly to the patient’s joints, which effectively solves the same issue in realigning the bones.
2. Chiropractors Can Adjust More Than Your Back
While the primary focus of chiropractic care is the realignment of the spine, chiropractic care is the treatment of the entire musculoskeletal structure. This means chiropractors can adjust any area of the body, including the shoulders, knees, fingers, hips and more!
3. Chiropractic Care Can Help Boost Brain Function & Build Your Immune System
Chiropractic adjustments increase brain function, leading to better muscle strength, reduced inflammation, regulated hormones and a boost to your immune system — because when your body is in its proper alignment, everything else works better, too!
4. Chiropractors Are Doctors, Too
Chiropractic care is included in your primary healthcare plan and chiropractors receive the same amount of schooling and training as regular doctors, going on to specialize in areas involving the musculoskeletal structure. They can even refer patients! So, the next time you or a friend of yours expresses uneasiness about seeing a chiropractor, remember: chiropractors are doctors, too!
5. Chiropractic Care is Great for Infants & Pregnant Mothers
Pregnancy can be very hard on both the mother and child. Providing chiropractic care to expecting mothers prepares the pelvis for birth, allowing for a smoother birthing process — plus, a gentler experience for the baby.
Just so, the birthing process is an abrupt change from the fetal position. Babies undergo a lot during the birthing process and eventual life in the great big world after. That’s why infant chiropractic adjustments can be extremely beneficial for overall health. These adjustments are provided by gently massaging the child’s spine and other bones using the fingers. You’ll be amazed at how well this technique works!
6. Yes, Animal Chiropractic is Also a Thing
Animals are arguably more active than humans, meaning they experience the same aches and pains and also injuries, that humans do. So, why deny them chiropractic care to help keep them healthy?
We employ an Activator tool when providing adjustments to animals. This tool is smaller and gentler than the average tool, making for a more enjoyable experience. We’ve adjusted all manner of animals, including dogs, cats, horses — even birds!
We’re currently accepting new patients of all shapes and sizes! Schedule your first appointment today at thebendchiropractor.com or call/text us at 541-388-3588.