Most people are aware that chiropractic can help relieve neck pain, back pain or headaches, but did you know that many of our chiropractic clients keep coming back for other, less well known benefits of chiropractic care?

The top three benefits we hear about most often are outlined below –

  1. Improved digestion – chiropractic care can be used as to assist in symptomatic relief of many gastrointestinal disorders [i]
  2. Better Balance – Chronic musculoskeletal pain is associated with an increased risk of falling (especially as we get older!) Chiropractic care can help reduce symptoms (and decrease the risk of falling) as well as identifying patients who are at risk, and helping prevent falls through rehabilitative exercises[ii]
  3. Improved Sleep – This is one of the comments we get most often in practice. While there is not a lot of research out there for this one yet, one case study has been reported where chiropractic adjustments improved sleep within a month of chiropractic care.[iii]

One other benefit of chiropractic that is still being researched is chiropractic’s effect on blood pressure. Regular chiropractic care of the upper neck has been linked with lowered blood pressure[iv] [v] Do you experience any of these after chiro? Or something different? We’d love you to let us know…. [i] Angus K., et al., 2015, “What effect does chiropractic treatment have on gastrointestinal disorders: a narrative review of the literature” J Can Chiropr Assoc. 59(2):122-133, accessed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486990/ 18th Jan 2018 [ii]   Bauman, C., et al, 2014, “Community-based falls prevention: lessons from an InterProfessional Moblity Clinic”J Can Chiropr Assoc. Sep;58(3): 300-311, accessed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4139769/#b44-jcca_58_3_300 18th Jan 2018 [iii] Elster, E., 2003, “Treatment of Bipolar, Seizure and Sleep Disorder and Migraine Headaches using a Chiropractic Technique”J Manipulative Physiol Ther, Mar;27(3):217 [iv] Bakris G., et al., 2007, “Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study” J Hum Hypertens. May 21(5):347-52, accessed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17252032 18th Jan 2018 [v] Knutson, GA., 2001, “Significant changes in systolic blood pressure post vectored upper cervical adjustment vs resting control groups: a possible effect of cervicosympathetic and/or pressor reflex”J Manipulative Physiol Ther.  Feb;24(2):101-9