Cancer is a disease categorized by abnormal cell growth within the body. These abnormal cells destroy and replace otherwise healthy cells in your body, and the disease can be extremely debilitating. Cancer affects all parts of the body and people of all ages, and can be caused by many different things. Currently, more than 100 different types of cancer have been identified.
Oncological medicine has transitioned to use a much more integrative approach in recent years. In the past many oncologists chose to only treat cancer with oncological techniques, but today many physicians advise patients to seek out complementary forms of alternative medicine in addition to the traditional treatments they receive. Many oncologists recommend that people with cancer seek out the services of a chiropractor to assist in their treatment, as it can be highly effective in helping to alleviate pain and increase appetite.
To understand how chiropractic care can benefit people suffering from cancer, it is important to understand how chiropractic medicine works. Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors don’t just focus on the spine (though the spine is definitely a huge part of their work). Chiropractors are also experts in the human nervous system. Your nervous system is directly linked to every part of your body, and is responsible for sending messages from the brain to your muscles, tendons and ligaments. In turn, your nervous system also carries messages back to the brain, such as hunger and pain.
When seeking chiropractic care as a treatment for your cancer, your doctor will gently, safely and non-invasively manipulate your vertebrae to release any stress or tension placed on the nerves housed within your spinal column. As the stress on your nerves is relieved, your entire nervous system is able to better function. This can cause the chronic pain you feel to be reduced and more bearable.
The nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of your spine are directly linked to your digestive system, as are many other branches of nerves. If you are suffering from extreme nausea or reduced appetite as a result of your cancer treatments, a chiropractor can stimulate these nerves in your spine to attempt to help your digestive system function better. Many cancer patients have found that chiropractic care helped them regain at least part of their appetite back.
It is important to note that chiropractic medicine does not offer anything resembling a cure for cancer. Chiropractic care is only meant to be used as a supplemental treatment in addition to more standard treatment options. Before setting up your first appointment with a chiropractor, be sure to consult with your oncologist and general physician to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo chiropractic care.
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