Chiropractic has been around for centuries, and yet people still have a wildly inaccurate view of what it is, and what it does. So many people think of it as, at best, “getting your back cracked,” or at worst as some kind of pseudo-science. In fact, chiropractic is a well-respected medical field, and chiropractors, trained medical doctors.
Chiropractic care also goes far beyond just “cracking the back,” although spinal adjustments are at the core of what chiropractors do. In fact, spinal adjustments can be at the heart and soul of your entire overall health. Learn about the close connection between your mind, body and chiropractic care and how a visit to the chiropractor can be a great step on the road to a healthier life.
Mind, Body and Chiropractic
Have you ever had pain in your back that you dismissed as just sleeping weird? Bent over and had your back lock up so you couldn’t easily stand? Ever had a kink in your neck just from craning it to look around? When these kinds of pain happen out of the blue, you may be experiencing psychosomatic pain, or pain that comes from mental and emotional causes.
It doesn’t mean you’re imagining the pain. The truth is, our mind and our body are directly connected. When you’re experiencing sadness, anger, stress, depression or other negative emotions, these can manifest with physical symptoms. Such emotions cause your muscles to tense and your nerves to fire.
When Symptoms Turn Physical
As your muscles tense, they lose flexibility and this makes you more prone to injure yourself. For many people, this happens when your spine gets out of alignment, which is called a subluxation. These subluxations put pressure on your nervous system, and this can cause real, physical problems.
Your spine protects your spinal cord, the bundles of nerves that connect your entire body to your brain. When your spine gets misaligned, it puts pressure on these sensitive nerve bundles and has negative effects on your brain’s ability to communicate with your body. This can in turn result in a wide variety of both physical and mental problems.
Treating Your Body and Mind
Chiropractors are experts at addressing problems with your body and mind that are caused directly by problems with your spinal alignment. By correcting a subluxation, it instantly restores the ability of your brain and body to communicate. This not only reduces pain, it improves flexibility, strength and performance, but it also can be used to help your body recover faster and even heal from a range of conditions from depression and anxiety to ailments as serious as cancer.
Chiropractic care can be an essential part of your overall health and wellness routine. Mind, body and chiropractic are closely connected, and the right spinal adjustments can have you feeling better almost right away.
If you’re in need of chiropractic treatments, or you’d just like some more information about the connection between mind, body and chiropractic, ACT wellness is here to help. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an examination.