08.18.18 | Chiropractic, General Health

5 New Ways to Think about How a Juneau Chiropractor Can Improve Overall Health

How a Juneau Chiropractor Can Improve Overall Health

Good health is not just an absence of pain or symptoms. While these might be good signs, they can fool you into a sense of complacency, thinking everything is fine.

For those who suffer with pain or other types of health issues, such as

  • Headaches
  • Poor sleep
  • Frequent colds or bouts with the flu
  • Low Energy
  • Stress

They often find that the only solution offered by traditional medicine are pharmaceutical ones. Pills for pain relief, pills to sleep, and more pills to deal with the side effects of pills. Juneau chiropractors offer holistic methods for maximizing the body’s ability to maintain health.

There Are Alternatives

The clear majority of people believe chiropractic adjustment benefits are only for back problems, neck pain, and issues with the lower back. While chiropractors DO help people with those issues, it is certainly not the ONLY thing they do.

Besides relieving back and neck pain through chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor also uses other techniques to improve overall health, including:

  • Chiropractic massage
  • Ergonomic training and advice
  • Posture training
  • Gait training
  • Exercise advice and education
  • Yoga therapy
  • Hot or cold therapies
  • Advice or instructions on proper technique for heavy lifting
  • Nutritional advice
  • Advice regarding supplements
  • Referrals to other health care professionals when needed

Almost all chiropractors today work together with other health care professionals, including primary doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and more to provide the best care for their patients.

Having a healthy and balanced nervous system leads to fewer health problems and a healthier overall lifestyle. Being proactive with your health is an important factor that many people, doctors, and even insurance companies, are seeing the importance of.

No one would deny that a yearly checkup, mammograms, and other health screenings are an important part of staying healthy and making sure that any problems are “nipped in the bud” before they become a larger or more invasive issue. Chiropractic care should be thought of in the same manner.

Let’s stop thinking of chiropractic care as something you turn to only when your back hurts and see it for what it really is; another proactive step on your journey towards a healthy and strong body.

Your Juneau Chiropractor has 5 New Ways to Help You Think of Chiropractic Care Differently

Let’s think outside the low-back box and see all how comprehensive chiropractic care can make a difference in your life.

1) Improved Immune System

Those who suffer from frequent colds, coughs, or bouts with the flu often wonder what makes them different from friends or family who do not get the same number of viral infections they do. More than likely, it’s their immune system.

What chiropractic care can do for low back pain it can also do for the immune system; improve the communication by removing blocked signals.

A study performed in 1989 found that those who received chiropractic care had an improved immune response increase of as much as 200%. Imagine being 200% stronger? Now apply that to your immune system. Pretty astounding!

Subluxations of the spine weaken the immune response by blocking signals to the immune system that there is a problem and it needs to respond. By removing the blockage, the immune system is restored to proper function and can fight off disease and viruses.

We can’t avoid viruses entirely, but we can help our body respond to these invaders quickly by keeping the lines of communication open through adjustments.  

2) Improve Quality of Sleep

A lack of quality sleep leads to so many more health problems than being cranky the next morning. Chiropractic care has far more pros than cons and improving your quality of sleep is one of them. Consider the following consequences of a lack of sleep:

  Memory issues

  High blood pressure

  Weight gain

  Higher risk for diabetes

  Lower sex drive

  Poor Balance

  Higher risk of heart disease

  More frequent feelings of depression and/or anxiety

Your body needs sleep just as much as it does air, food, and water. This is when your body heals itself and restores the delicate chemical balance.

Chronic insomnia disrupts how your body processes information. Without the proper chemical balance, your brain does not function as it should.

You can improve the quality of the sleep you get with chiropractic care. By correcting misalignments in the spine and removing any blocked signals, as well as releasing stress and tension, your body and mind are free to relax and fall asleep.

You can remove tensions, stress, and pain through chiropractic adjustments, allowing the body to fall asleep and stay asleep because you are comfortable and relaxed.  

3) Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Relief

Non-pharmacologic Management of Pain

Perhaps one of the best parts about chiropractic care is that it is natural, non-invasive, and uses no pharmaceutical drugs.

Depending on the type of pain a person is having, different methods will be used, but none require painkilling drugs.

To better understand this, it’s important to understand how adjustments work to relieve pain.

The nervous system of the body controls almost every single function that your body performs day in and day out, even those you aren’t aware of. This is why paraplegics cannot walk; the nerves in the spinal cord at one point are damaged or cut. Since the muscles are not receiving signals, they cannot move the legs.

When the spinal column is out of alignment, it blocks the nerves from sending and/or receiving clear signals. Sometimes, this results in pain or other health issues.

The founder of chiropractic care, David Palmer, was studying the idea that a misalignment of the spine could lead to various health issues when he noticed a janitor who had a lump in his spine. The man told Palmer that one day, after he picked up something and hearing a “popping” type of noise in his back, he suddenly went almost completely deaf.

Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment, putting that out of position vertebrae back into the proper place. The janitor smiled as he said he could hear again!

Stopping pain without drugs can be performed in a similar manner. By removing the blocked signals through spinal manipulation, painful areas can be brought back to proper position and other types of pain, such as headaches, can be stopped. Not a single pill required!

This isn’t to say that your chiropractor might suggest a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods or supplements to help stop the pain that inflammation causes, but these should not be confused with pharmaceutical drugs, which cause harm to the digestive system and liver.  

4) Reduce Stress

Stress is an everyday part of our lives. To understand stress, let’s look at the three different ways our bodies perceive stress:

  1. Body
  2. Environment
  3. Emotions

Stressors of the body would include pain, illnesses, poor nutrition, a lack of food, and lack of sleep.

Environmental stress would include loud noises, seeing or being a victim of violence, hurricanes or tornados can also be a part of environmental stress.

Emotional stress is almost self-explanatory. These vary greatly from person to person, however. What doesn’t bother one person, gives another person high levels of stress. Fear of losing your job, worrying about the possibility of “bad” things happening, heavy traffic, crowds, relationships, especially difficulties with family members or children, are all common areas of emotional stress.

Stress triggers feelings of fight or flight (or hide) for the most part. Although our environment has evolved tremendously, our bodies still have some catching up to do! In days gone by, we would sense possible danger, take flight (for example) and then stress would be relieved when we escaped that danger.

Modern day life is filled with stressors that we cannot control, and we cannot “escape”. Our bodies are not designed for living under constant stress and this causes us tremendous harm.

We can control some of the stress in our lives and we should always strive to avoid it whenever possible. For the stress that we cannot avoid, we need to find alternative methods of dealing with it.

Chiropractic care is a terrific way to manage stress. Constant muscle contractions will lead to uneven pressure on the spine. This will lead to subluxations. Adjustments will help to ease this tension. Your Juneau chiropractor will also use or suggest alternative therapies to relieve stress, including chiropractic massage, yoga, exercise, and meditation.

If you are feeling stressed out wondering if chiropractors can really help you deal with stress? Then it’s time to call your chiropractor in Juneau and find out!  

5) Improved Level of Activity/Energy

Improved Level of Activity/Energy

Perhaps one of the biggest complaints about our daily lives is that we don’t have enough energy to complete all our tasks, let alone our desires, in a given day.

Everyone wants to be active and feel energized as they go about their day, but if you are feeling like you are dragging yourself through the day, it’s time to take a good hard look at your health.

Chiropractic care and adjustments reduces the pressure on the central nervous system, allowing the energy of the body to flow freely to all parts. A misalignment in the joints of the spine will reduce the time it takes for messages to be sent and received, leaving you feeling slow and lethargic.

Adjustments increase the metabolism of the body, naturally increasing energy levels. Open pathways of communication allow the brain to send signals to every cell, without interruption.

Depending on your unique situation, your chiropractor in Juneau might also suggest a different diet plan and/or supplements to help improve both mind and body, so you have more than enough energy to sail through life, rather than be dragged along.

We would like to encourage you to call your chiropractor in Juneau for a checkup and see what better health awaits you with regular chiropractic care.

Author: Dr. Brent Wells

Dr. Brent Wells has been a trusted chiropractor since moving his family from Oregon to Alaska back in 1998 and founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab – B.S. from Univ. of Nevada, Doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College, volunteer for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Foundation, and member of the American Chiropractic Association. As a chiropractor his focus is on family, including his 3 children and wife of 20+ years, his clinics, and ongoing education.

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