Chronic Pain or Autoimmune Disease? Consider Chiropractic!

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Guest post by Ian Pearson


Chiropractic care is focused on identifying and treating neuromuscular disorders. It is mainly based on manually adjusting and manipulating the spine.


While it is a proven method for treating chronic back pain, it can help with a variety of other issues, including migraines, neck pain, and autoimmune diseases.


In fact, most chiropractors are trained and certified in fields like physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics, neurology, clinical nutrition, and the like.


In addition to helping treat your chronic condition, they will also educate you on what you can do at home to continue improving your health—such as exercise, diet and lifestyle changes, ergonomics, and various kinds of natural therapies.


Chiropractic for Chronic Neck Pain


One of the benefits of chiropractic care is that it relies primarily on the body’s inherent healing wisdom instead of drugs and surgery. It is a much safer option than allopathic treatment, particularly for neck and back pain, due to its ability to affect your body on a deep cellular level.


This means it can influence essential physiological processes which affect DNA repair and oxidative stress.


In other words, in addition to treating the root cause of pain, it can work for deeper bodily dysfunctions.


Next to adjustment, there are also gentler approaches to treating chronic neck pain. There is manual cervical traction, where the patient is sitting or lying face up. The neck is gently pulled in order to stretch the cervical spine.


The angle is changed between forward movement (flexion) and backward movement (extension) in order to find the right way to diminish tightness.



Another approach is cervical mobilization, where the patient is lying on their back. In this case, the vertebra in the neck is moved from left to right and the other way around, and then in the movement that resembles the number 8 (or ‘infinity’ sign) moving the head backward, forward, and to the side.


This approach helps loosen areas with restricted motion.


Chiropractic for Autoimmune Diseases


Millions live with an autoimmune disease. As opposed to treating them with conventional methods such as NSAIDS and steroids, which only mask the symptoms rather than healing the disease itself, chiropractic care aims to get to the root cause.


For example, patients who have multiple sclerosis suffer from an upper cervical misalignment. The result of this is that the flow of the spinal fluid is restricted.


Chiropractic care can do more than reduce the symptoms—it can slow down the progression of the disease. Neurological imbalance can be a critical factor in certain autoimmune diseases.


Since chiropractic care is an approach that affects deeper bodily dysfunctions, there have also been cases where chiropractic specialists have helped patients with celiac disease, Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Chiropractic for Migraines and Headaches


There is a connection between chronic headaches and muscle tension. Furthermore, migraines and headaches can be caused by irritated nerves. There was a study done at the Center for Clinical Studies, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, Minnesota. The intention was to test the difference between chiropractic care and taking amitriptyline, a painkiller drug.


It involved 218 patients suffering from migraines. One group of patients took amitriptyline for 8 weeks, another group received chiropractic care, and the third group received both.


The results showed that chiropractic spinal manipulation worked just as well as the painkillers! The combination of the two therapies showed no benefits.




Chiropractic for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


A lot of chiropractors believe that chiropractic spine care can help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. This is because it diminishes the pressure on the nerves that send signals to the digestive system.


Many experts believe that IBS is a result of a neurological disorder. This disorder influences muscle contractions in the bowels, and this results in abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation.


As we have previously established, chiropractic care has an effect on neurological disorders, with a particular form of treatment called chiropractic neurology.


Therefore, you should follow Perth chiropractor recommendations to take up chiropractic care in addition to or in place of prescribed drugs.


(Always discuss weaning off prescription medication with your doctor before doing so.)


IBS becomes worse when patients are stressed out, and is much easier to take care of them when they are relaxed. Chiropractic care can provide this relaxation as well as a holistic approach to health.  


In Summation


The focus of chiropractic care is to readjust your body so that joints, bones, nerves, and muscles can function better. Chiropractors take a holistic approach to the patient’s body, instead of treating only the symptoms. In order for you to be truly healthy, all the systems in your body must work harmoniously.



This is the main idea of chiropractic care.


The fact is, many conventional doctors refuse to believe that it is an effective way of treatment for various diseases. But, as we have discussed in this article, there are a number of studies that prove otherwise.


The approach that chiropractors use has helped many patients with chronic pain and a number of symptoms caused by neurological disorders. It may even help you, too!

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