Chiropractic care is most commonly associated with neck and back pain. But did you know that there are at least 11 other issues treatable with chiropractic care? In addition, many patients seeking chiropractic care to treat musculoskeletal issues report secondary relief in a number of areas, including improved respiratory and digestive function, circulation, and vision.
Traditional medicine typically treats ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) with psychotropic medications, which may have serious side effects. In a study of boys aged 9 to 13 who were diagnosed with ADHD, researchers implemented alternative treatment including chiropractic care, nutritional supplements, and dietary care. Patients experienced improvement in hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness, as well as improvements in behavioral, emotional, and social difficulties.
2. Bell’s Palsy
Chiropractic care may offer relief to Bell’s palsy sufferers who experience facial paralysis, hearing disorders, and other issues associated with facial muscles. A chiropractic regimen designed to address nerve-related issues, relieve pain, and improve range of motion may alleviate some Bell’s palsy symptoms over time.
3. Chronic Sinusitis
Patients whose sinus and nasal passages do not drain properly may develop chronic sinusitis. A 2012 study discovered that chiropractic treatment gave patients relief from all symptoms after their first adjustment.
Headaches and migraines, particularly those originating from the neck, respond well to a combination of chiropractic adjustment of the spine and neck exercises.
5. Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Vertigo
Inner ear problems such as hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo were successfully treated in a 75-year-old patient, who experienced relief of all symptoms following chiropractic treatment.
6. High Blood Pressure
Researchers looking to replace drug-based treatments for hypertension (high blood pressure) consider holistic care, including chiropractic treatment, a viable alternative for some patients. While spinal manipulation has proven effective as treatment for hypertension in some patients, it is not true for all patients. Work with your primary physician as well as your chiropractor to determine if managing your high blood pressure through chiropractic care is appropriate for you. And never stop taking medications prescribed by your primary doctor.
7. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Researchers in Canada employed spinal manipulation to treat a range of bowel disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colitis.
8. Side Effects of Cancer
Undergoing cancer treatment causes a host of side effects in the patient. These include depression, anxiety, and insomnia or other sleep disorders. To manage pain and improve quality of life, chiropractic care rates as one the most effective, economical, and popular alternative treatments available.
9. Premenstrual Symptoms
In studies where one group of women received chiropractic care coupled with soft tissue massage and a second group received a placebo, the group receiving chiropractic care consistently reported the greatest improvement of premenstrual symptoms.
10. Range of Motion
A patient suffering a rotator cuff injury received treatment combining chiropractic care, massage, and exercise. The patient returned to his normal routine following care thanks to regained strength and mobility.
11. Testicular Pain
A 36-year-old patient complaining of testicular pain, as well as back and leg pain, experienced relief after a single adjustment. After three weeks of treatment, his pain disappeared. Best of all, during his six-month follow-up visit, he revealed the pain had not returned.
Clearly, alternative treatments such as chiropractic care offer patients a wide variety of benefits. Not every patient is the same, of course, so work with your chiropractor in concert with your primary physician to discover the correct series of treatments for you.