When individuals think about wellness and health, they usually think about a checkup with their doctor. However, wellness treatment with chiropractic is much more proactive. Chiropractic focuses on keeping the body functioning properly and allowing its natural healing properties to activate and do its job. Chiropractic checks to ensure the spine is correctly aligned and correct any subluxation/misalignment before pain occurs. Pain is one of the body’s warnings that something is wrong. Chiropractic wellness care aims to catch and correct any issues before it becomes a problem, keeping the central nervous system in top form, increasing the immune system’s strength, making the body healthier.
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Chiropractic Increases Wellness and Health Levels
The body’s baseline level of health can be improved. Individuals can feel that they are fulfilling their responsibilities and maintaining health by engaging in physical exercise and eating a healthy diet. It is believed that lifestyle is largely the extent of an individual’s ability to maintain their health, without realizing that optimal wellness and health can be increased through chiropractic, the ideal supplement to a healthy life. Chiropractic improves body process functions by:
- Increasing circulation.
- Facilitating detoxification.
- Balancing the distribution of hormones and nutrients.
- Regulating the heart’s rhythm.
- Soothing the nervous system.
- Increased mobility.
- Decreased pain.
- Better flexibility.
Chiropractic serves as supportive treatment to other types of therapeutic care like physical therapy and massage therapy.
Improves Physical Performance
A chiropractor will recommend adjustments, manual muscle manipulation, tissue manipulation, and massage customized for the body’s needs, focusing specifically on long-term realignment. A variety of treatments help to improve the body’s structure, alignment, and energy flow. Chiropractic makes a significant difference in:
- Realigns joints and bones.
- Decompresses nerves.
- Releases muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
- Detoxifies stagnant areas of the body.
Chiropractic is the perfect supplement to increasing performance, wellness, and health by increasing the health and alignment of the physical body and energy flow.
Improves Mental Health
Chiropractic also benefits mental health. The mind is controlled by the central nervous system or CNS and is directly affected by chiropractic treatment. With hands-on manipulation, adjustments, or traction, bones and joints move back toward optimal alignment, causing the nervous system’s structure to move toward optimal capacity and efficiency. Nerve channels and bundles can become decompressed, bruised, and pinched. The flow of electrical impulses is regulated within the body through the nervous system. Cognitive performance becomes enhanced from the improvement in communication across the central and peripheral nervous systems. Mental performance is also supported through the rush of cerebrospinal fluid/CSF. Cerebrospinal fluid removes waste and toxins from the brain and supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients. CSF floods the brain after a chiropractic adjustment.
Improves Immune System Function
Chiropractic improves immune system function by increasing energy circulation, blood circulation, and lymphatic fluid flow. Treatment combats stagnation allowing the body to purge toxins and waste accumulated in joints, tissues, and near organs. Chiropractic loosens up areas of the body that have been compressed, crushed, strained, and divided because of misalignment, lack of physical activity/exercise, or stiffness and injury. This allows the flow of lymphatic fluid and white blood cells to regulate areas that may have previously been difficult to access. This helps to increase the immune system’s ability to fight off infection.
Get More Sleep
Sleep is a strong regulator of immune system functions and operates to enhance the adaptive immune system. When the body is deprived of adequate sleep, it becomes more susceptible to various infectious agents. Sleep deprivation weakens the body making it harder to recover from bacteria or virus infections. When the body sleeps, it utilizes the time to strengthen the immune system and move T cells to the lymph nodes. These are the vessels of the immune system responsible for filtering harmful substances. T cells produce cytokines activated when there is inflammation in the body or under stress. Inadequate sleep causes cytokine production to decrease, causing damage to the immune system.
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