William Harvey Lillard was deaf. Doctors couldn’t help him. Lillard gave up all hope until a man by the name of David D. Palmer suggested an unusual approach. Palmer believed Lillard’s problem stemmed from a back injury. Palmer was successful in treating Lillard and Lillard’s hearing was restored.
These events took place in the 1800’s. Palmer is now known as the “founder of chiropractic care.” It was the incredible effects of chiropractic care that lead to the restoration of Lillard’s hearing.
If you have chronic back pain and have not given chiropractic care a try, you may be missing out on a natural healing opportunity. However, chiropractic care goes far beyond relieving back pain. Today, with the latest chiropractic technologies, we have the tools to promote healing and wellness as well as optimize overall health in multiple ways. Chiropractic care is unique in that it is a completely natural, drug-free, non-invasive approach to healing a variety of conditions.
5 Benefits of Chiropractic Care
1. Back and Neck Pain
In a 2003 study, patients were randomly split up into three groups, and each group was given a different treatment. The study showed that people who received chiropractic care resulted in a faster recovery than people who received physiotherapy or general practitioner care. Not to mention, chiropractic care was about one-third the cost of the other two options.
Another study found patients with chronic lower-back pain were more satisfied and showed greater improvement treated by a chiropractor rather than a family physician.
2. Headache and Migraine
Dealing with chronic headaches and migraines can feel overwhelming and debilitating. Chiropractic care may be the natural answer you have been searching for. People who deal with chronic headaches or migraines are usually suggested pharmaceuticals with uncertain side-effects. Chiropractic care suggests a natural and effective solution.
One study found that chiropractic care reduced the number of headache and migraine attacks in 22 percent of people. 49 percent of people felt a significant reduction in pain intensity.
3. Neurological Conditions
Exciting research is being done in the world of chiropractic care for people dealing with neurological conditions. Some MS patients are finding success with chiropractic care as well as people with epilepsy.
Chiropractic care is believed to help correct vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation contributes to epilepsy. One study concluded, “Chiropractic care may represent a non-pharmaceutical health care approach for pediatric epileptic patients.”
4. Blood Pressure
George Bakris is the world expert on hypertension. So, when he puts out a study, the world takes notice. In 2007 Bakris published a study showing that just one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment gave the same results as two drugs meant to lower blood pressure. The results lasting more than six months.
5. Athletic Performance
Chiropractic care is not just for pain-based and pathological conditions. It enhances overall wellness and functionality in everyday life as well as athletic performance. Athletes like Michael Phelps and Jerry Rice have taken advantage of chiropractic care for years. Most football teams even have a chiropractor on staff to keep their players at their best.
In one study, athletes who received chiropractic care for six weeks showed significant improvement whereas the control group in the study showed less than 1% improvement.
Final Thoughts on the Many Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care isn’t just for people looking to treat different ailments. It’s also for anyone wanting to avoid physical problems and live life at their best. Taking advantage of chiropractic care means investing in a better quality of life. Whether you embrace its benefits to treat a condition or for long-lasting wellness—chiropractic care is there.
Reproduction by courtesy of Dr. Jesse Ross