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There are several types of alternative medicines for people who do not want to take pharmaceutical drugs. Chiropractic care deals with treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on the spine. If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions or deal with back, neck, or should pain on a regular basis, you might benefit from this particular alternative medicine. Keep reading to learn how you can benefit from this natural practice. You might be surprised at how a chiropractor can help with other ailments too like acid reflux and blood pressure. Check out these ten health conditions that can be alleviated thanks to chiropractic adjustments.

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Sciatica

There are a variety of treatments that can provide relief for back pain including chiropractic adjustments. If you deal with sciatica, maybe you should give it a try. The European Spine Journal published a study that revealed chiropractic adjustments helped 72 percent of people in a clinical trial compared to a 50 percent success rate for corticosteroid injections and only a 20 percent success rate for physical therapy.

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Neck Pain

The British Medical Journal published the findings of a 2003 clinical trial that featured 183 patients. They all had neck pain and had three options for treatment including manual therapy with spinal mobilization, physiotherapy with exercise, or general practitioner care with education, counseling, and medication. After one year, the manual therapy with spinal mobilization, which included chiropractic adjustments, resulted in a faster recovery compared to the practitioner care and physiotherapy.

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Headaches

Did you know that over 230 peer-reviewed articles have referenced chiropractic care as a way to cure or prevent headaches? It is a proven practice all around the world. Chiropractic adjustments can also ease the frequency and intensity of headaches. Instead of taking long-term drugs to help alleviate the burden of headaches, you might benefit from visiting a chiropractor for natural relief.

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Acid Reflux

Chiropractic adjustments can help several health ailments including acid reflux. They seem to treat acid reflux because nerves that are in your gut and brain are sensitive to neurological insults. When the spine is realigned, it can reduce pressure on these particular nerves. In turn, there is an improvement in the gut-brain connection. If you are tired of dealing with acid reflux and want a natural solution, try chiropractic adjustments.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Montel Williams, a TV host, has been interviewed about his experience with multiple sclerosis and chiropractic care. There is evidence that supports the concept of reversing cerebellar invagination and the disappearance of brain plaquing. Both of these are symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Upper cervical adjustments done by a chiropractor might have positive effects on brain-based conditions. Though more research is needed.

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Blood Pressure

In 2007, George Bakris published a study in the Human Journal of Hypertension, which revealed how upper cervical chiropractic adjustments have the same effect on the blood pressure as two prescribed medicines in particular. One adjustment lasted over six months for many people. Further, compared to placebo treatments, chiropractic adjustments lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 14 mm Hg. Likewise, the diastolic blood pressure lowered by an average of 8 mm Hg.

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Surgery Prevention

The Journal of the American Medical Association published new guidelines for lower back pain. It explained that before considering surgery, you should try chiropractic care. Health care providers agree that chiropractic adjustments can help prevent back surgery. Before resorting to an operation, consult with a chiropractor about realigning your spine and alleviating back pain.

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Frozen Shoulder

If you have stiffness and pain in your should joint, you might have what is known as frozen shoulder. Chiropractic adjustments can help this condition. A clinical trial discovered that out of 50 patients with frozen shoulder, 16 were entirely cured after visiting a chiropractor. Another 25 patients reported 75-90 percent improvement and another eight showed 50-75 percent improvement. Only one person claimed to have 0-50 percent improvement.

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Scoliosis

Dr. Dennis Woggon founded the Clear Institute. The nonprofit organization works with doctors and chiropractors to perfect an effective chiropractic method for treating scoliosis. Studies reveal a 10-30 percent decrease in a spine curvature thanks to natural chiropractic adjustments. It does seem possible to cure scoliosis with chiropractic care alone. Although more research must be done.

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Athletic Performance

When it comes to physical performance, top athletes from Michael Phelps to Joe Montana use chiropractic care. Not only can it address sports injuries like shoulder or back pain, but it can relieve muscle tension and naturally increase your energy levels. Chiropractic adjustments are known to reduce inflammatory cytokines and enhance pulmonary function. It also aims to decrease oxidative stress and boost the immune system.

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Disclaimer

This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.