Chiropractic: IS it really for pain relief?

I’ll fully admit that a lot of people that have walked (or limped, or hobbled…some have even crawled or needed to be carried) in the front door of Vellore Chiropractic & Wellness Centre over the years, saw me first for pain relief.  Who can blame them?  Chiropractors are known for helping people with low back pain, neck pain, headaches and more.  Most of the time when I meet somebody new outside of my office and they invariably ask me what I do, as soon as I say “I’m a chiropractor”, without fail they grab their lower back or their neck and tell me how much they could use my help.

Which begs the question “If you know you need a chiropractor, why haven’t you booked yourself an appointment with one yet?” …but that’s a topic for another day.

The truth is, Chiropractic IS great at relieving pain.  Why wouldn’t it be?  Chiropractic restores function which promotes healing in your body.  With proper function and health, there is no reason for pain.  While chiropractic is commonly utilized for its pain relief benefits, know that if you have enough irritation on your spinal nerve to cause pain, you can rest assured that other body functions are being compromised as well.  The true value of chiropractic is in keeping your spine and nervous system healthy.  That keeps your body healthy.  Chiropractic adjustments not only help realign the spine and correct posture, but they also help keep the spine mobile.  Proper posture and healthy motion prevent spinal decay, which extends the quantity and quality of your LIFE.

Most people brush their teeth regularly.  Daily in fact.  Multiple times.  Why?  To maintain the health of their teeth and gums.  They probably don’t even give it a second thought.  I doubt it’s simply for that minty fresh feeling in your mouth, because you could simply pop a stick of gum or hard mint candy in your mouth for that effect, with a lot less diligence and effort.  Why do I bring this up?  Because it’s easy for people to relate to regular dental care that includes brushing and flossing for healthy teeth and gums.  Bringing it back to chiropractic care, just like brushing teeth can give you the fresh minty taste in your mouth and give you relief from a funky mouthful of morning breath, getting chiropractic care can give you pain relief as a perk of getting adjusted.  But minty breath and pain relief aren’t the real reasons that regular dental hygiene and chiropractic care are good for you, and they’re not HOW they provide you with benefits either.  Regular dental care keeps your mouth clean and free of bacteria, while chiropractic care corrects and maintains proper alignment and motion within your spine.  Over the years of your life, you’ll have healthier teeth which will stay in your mouth, and you’ll have a healthier spine which will continue to move and function properly for you.  Just like your teeth will rot, discolour and fall out if they’re not kept healthy, your spine will rot, or decay through a process called spinal degeneration, losing the ability to properly move, properly support your body and posture, and it will compromise the nerves that carry life-controlling impulses to all your body parts, whether muscle or organ or anything else in between.  Everyone can imagine what a mouthful of rotten teeth looks like.  Imagine what a rotten spine would be like.

Phases of Spinal Degeneration