This is a guest post written by Jenn from Jenn & Tonic. I found this post super interesting as I actually had a few sessions with a chiropractor myself when I was injured at dance college and found it really useful personally! I hope you enjoy this post and learn something new from it. Read more about Jenn at the bottom of the page!
I’ve been seeing a chiropractor since I was ten years old. It was something my parents made us do while we were growing up, and I continued to see a chiropractor long after I moved out because my body always felt better after every adjustment. For those unaware of what chiropractic care is, Mayo Clinic describes it as:
“Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body’s physical function.”
Here are some of the reasons why I continue to see a chiropractor:
HELPS RELIEVE TENSION
As someone who suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I tend to carry all of my stress and tension in my neck and shoulders. This sometimes triggers headaches and migraines for me (see below for more information). Getting regular adjustments helps relieve some of the tension in my body. In addition, it teaches me how to relax my body in order for the adjustment to be effective.
I have suffered from seasonal allergies since I was little. In addition to getting allergy shots/taking allergy medication, going to the chiropractor has helped immensely with preventing allergy symptoms. Spine alignments can disrupt communication in the body and make you more susceptible to symptoms of allergies like watery eyes, sneezes, runny nose, or sinus pain. Getting adjustments can help keep your immune system healthy, especially during allergy season.
Since the goal of chiropractic care is to fix alignment issues, it also makes sense that alignment issues could also contribute to headaches/migraines. I’ve suffered from headaches for most of my life, and I recently started developing migraines in 2019. I average a migraine about once a month. With the combination of chiropractic care and medicine, whenever I do suffer from a migraine I’m usually out for a day or two, rather than 3-4 days without any sort of medical help.
Posture can contribute to your body in multiple ways. You want to have a healthy posture so that the rest of your body stays healthy and help promote a positive self-image. As you get older, your body goes through things like stress, injuries and more that can affect your posture and overall health. A chiropractor can help adjust your spine to correct your posture and find other problem areas in your spine that can contribute to things like low energy, back pain or stress.
It’s important to know that going to the chiropractor once will not fix you in one day. You have to keep going to see the benefits long-term. Chiropractic care is not a 100% replacement for all medical care, it’s meant to be complementary to what you already do medical-wise. If you’re looking for a low-cost medical treatment to help with your posture or potential body pains, you should consider going to a chiropractor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenn Kalchik is a lifestyle blogger and digital marketer currently living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Her blog, Jenn & Tonic, highlights her take on life through lifestyle topics, book reviews, her experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and social media tips. She’s fuelled by chardonnay, cast recordings, and chocolate.