The spine houses and protects the spinal cord, which means it needs to be in optimal condition to maximize communication between your brain and the rest of your body. At first glance, this might seem relatively simple since the spine is made of bone and is, therefore, hard enough to protect the spinal nerves.
Protecting nerves, however, is a much more elaborate affair than having a strong spine. While bone density plays a role, the spine must be appropriately aligned for you to be well.
Helping maintain healthy spinal alignment is a challenge in our world. Sitting for long periods hunched over a screen or even getting out of bed the wrong way can easily create negative changes in spinal alignment.
In our office, we call such misalignments subluxations. Subluxations can push or press against your nerves, preventing them from doing their job. The result is your nerves send messages that are incomplete, delayed, or even absent.
Before they were our patients, many of our patients mistakenly believed that they couldn’t possibly have subluxations because their backs felt fine. Although nerves do carry sensory messages, they also carry motor messages that direct your walking, posture, and movement. Both types of nerves also impact your breathing, heart rate, and other bodily functions.
Chiropractic adjustments involve gently coaxing your spine into a healthier alignment. As your spine moves back into a better configuration, a more beneficial function is restored so you can move toward your wellness goals.
Chiropractic Care Benefits
Chiropractic care is often associated with whiplash, sciatica, or back pain. While we love freeing our patients from the pain they cause, we can also help you achieve a wide range of healthier outcomes.
Chicago is home to many big businesses that keep our economy going. Unfortunately, the high-pressure environment that fuels success also keeps the lights burning late. We’re not alone; recent polls show that more than 30% of Americans battle insomnia.
Since many of us spend large portions of these long workdays in front of a computer and responding to texts, tight neck muscles, stiff shoulders, and aching backs have become the norm. If you’ve ever had a sore muscle or two, you know how much more difficult it is to fall asleep in this condition.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can realign your spine so that nutrient and oxygen-rich blood can saturate your muscular tissues and promote healing. When such pain is relieved, getting a good night’s sleep is more likely to occur.
Enhanced Stress Management
Although physical pain may make it difficult to sleep, stress is an even bigger culprit. We live in a society that is saturated with stress, and we’re often paying the price with our health.
When you’re living with stress, you’re playing with fire. Stress increases relationship strain and the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It also causes your on-the-job performance to plummet.
Anxiety and depression are two of stress’ favorite traveling companions. Worrying about your problems keeps you from spending time addressing their underlying causes. It also further fuels stressful feelings.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can help you feel relaxed. A recent study demonstrated that chiropractic adjustment reduced electrical activity in the muscle tissues. Less electrical activity means your muscles feel more relaxed, and you experience less stress.
Minimize or Eliminate Many Medications
In today’s world, there seems to be a pill for everything. While science is fantastic, we cannot support the notion of making poor lifestyle choices and throwing a prescription at any resulting problem.
One of the top services we provide is to treat conditions no one wants to medicate for life. While we can offer a much safer alternative to opioid medications for headaches, herniated discs, and other pains, we can also relieve many more conditions.
We’ve helped patients successfully overcome “life sentences” for medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, and other chronic conditions. We can also help your children cope with colic, ear infections, and other common childhood conditions.
The McKinley Family Chiropractic Care Difference
While treating a variety of conditions is one of our goals, helping you to feel better is only the beginning. We want you to experience continual improvement in your overall health.
If you’re ready to live a healthier life, please stop searching the internet for “chiropractic care near me.” Instead, give us a call at (773) 583-4325 or contact us online. Together, we can make Chicago a healthier place one person at a time.