People often come in to my office with some sort of symptom or health crisis, but more and more people who are already generally healthy are coming in because they understand that chiropractic care is an important part of living a healthier life.
How does chiropractic improve your health? Let's start by defining health. Health is all parts of your body working together all the time. In order to do this, they must be in constant communication. The communication system of the body is the central nervous system (CNS), and this is what chiropractors work with.
Basically, chiropractors help the CNS to relax and better communicate between all parts of your body. One of the most common questions I receive as a chiropractor is this: "What can I expect to change when I get adjusted?" These are the five most common changes you'll notice as the CNS begins to relax and improves its ability to communicate.
As your CNS relaxes, especially the upper cervical portion, your sleep tends to improve. The old part of your brain (right at the top of the spine) is most affected by spinal tension – and it is the part of the brain that is responsible for big cycles such as hormones and sleep. This is important because your body does the most healing when you are asleep. A good night's sleep is vital to good health.
As your spine and CNS relax, the flexibility of your chest and ribs increase dramatically. This allows you to take deeper breaths more easily. Oxygen is needed by every living cell in the body at all times – your body will only function for a few minutes without it. Symptoms of low oxygen levels include fatigue, circulation problems, poor digestion, muscle aches, and depression.
3. More Energy
Energy to the brain is mainly provided by sensory receptors called mechanoreceptors. They are some of the biggest receptors in the body, and they fire energy to the brain when you move. (This is why stretching and exercise feel so good!) The majority of these receptors are located in your spine. As your CNS relaxes and your spine moves more freely, your brain gets a bigger dose of energy.
4. Higher Performance (in all of your body's systems)
Simply put, better communication means better health. Some people first notice this in their digestive systems, or in their immune systems when they resist the bugs that go around. Other people find that they concentrate better or run faster.
5. Faster Recovery
This is the favorite benefit of most of the athletes I work with. They notice that the time it takes their bodies to recover after a big workout is dramatically reduced. It is also one of the reasons that chiropractic care is so popular among professional athletes looking to give their bodies every advantage.
About Dr. Brent Whitley
Dr. Brent Whitley graduated from Life University, and has been practicing the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic in numerous countries around the world ever since. He currently lives and practices in Medellín, Colombia. Stay connected with him on Facebook.