4 Surprising Conditions A Chiropractor Can Treat (Besides Back Pain)

When most people think of a chiropractor, they think of back pain. However, in addition to treating back and neck problems, adjustments from a chiropractor can treat a variety of other conditions, including the four listed below:

1. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ)

TMD is characterized by pain in the jaw joint that leads to difficulty chewing, yawning, and sometimes even speaking. Chiropractors can assist with stretching the jaw and its surrounding muscles to help relieve pain. Additionally, re-aligning the joints of the jaw with regular chiropractic adjustments can help prevent grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw, two habits that contribute to TMD.

2. Asthma

Many people think that chiropractors can only treat issues with the bones and muscles. However, internal problems like asthma also respond well to chiropractic adjustments. Want to know how? Basically, by stimulating the muscles of the rib cage, the chiropractor can help ease breathing, increase the flow of blood and lymph, and enhance activity in the central nervous system. All of this optimization helps reduce the shortness of breath and chest tightness that occurs during an asthma attack.

3. Crohn's Disease

In a study performed in 2002, it was discovered that vertebral subluxations, or misalignment, particularly in the thoracic (mid back) and lumbar (low back) regions, are a common occurrence in those who suffer from Crohn's disease. Researchers suspect that these subluxations lead to nerve compression, which in turn affects immune function. By receiving regular adjustments to treat misalignment in the spine, those with Crohn's disease can experience long-term relief from their symptoms.

4. Depression and Anxiety

In addition to more internal conditions like asthma and Crohn's disease, adjustments treat even further inward disorders like depression and anxiety. When the vertebrae are misaligned, they place pressure on the brain stem, leading to chemical interference. When the chemicals in the brain are unbalanced, depression and anxiety can occur. By receiving regular spinal adjustments, those who suffer from these illnesses can feel more balanced without the assistance of any medications.

As you can see from the four varying health conditions listed above, chiropractors do much more than treat back pain. Many people who suffer from these illnesses think that the only treatment options for them are costly and side-effect riddled prescription medications. If you are experiencing any of those illnesses and would like a safe, alternative treatment to traditional medicine, give your chiropractor a call today. You'll be surprised by how good you can feel by receiving natural care

For more information, contact Olson Chiropractic Centers or a similar organization.