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  • Writer's pictureRicky Polizo

Ten Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Updated: Apr 30, 2022

Chiropractic care is a kind of integrative intervention that has proven to be very effective in many cultures throughout history, including ours since it was first used in the US in 1895. When people choose to seek Chiropractic care, they are less likely to need surgery or to take medications for life. Chiropractic is good for the patient and good for society. The profession has grown tremendously since it was first introduced over a century ago, so finding a chiropractor near you is easier than ever.

Flow Chiropractic - based in Santa Barbara, California - offers chiropractic care to both residents and visitors. Chiropractor, Dr. Ricky Polizo, assesses and sets free restrictions in the body's nervous system, joints, bones, muscles, and anything the nervous system touches. You may be wondering what this means for these chiropractic patients.

For all, it means a greater connection to your body. For some that may look like reduction in the pain around their back and neck, increased range of motion and mobility following an accident or injury, or greater coordination and balance while trying to create optimum function within the body. So, let's see 10 common benefits of Chiropractic care and the studies that demonstrate that below:

1. Chiropractic care makes you feel better

Chiropractic treatment has proven to be beneficial for your mental and neurological health. Studies show that chiropractic care reduces pain better than regular medical intervention for people with things like neck and low back pain. You can be confident that your body is primed to function and feel at its best when you visit a chiropractor.

The Chiropractic adjustment does not begin and end when you walk into the chiropractor's office. Dr. Ricky Polizo, at Flow Chiropractic in Santa Barbara, understands that healing is a holistic phenomena, and the changes need to happen in your spinal cord and in your lifestyle choices. Dr. Ricky can sit down with you to assess your needs, learn about your medical history, and devise a holistic chiropractic treatment plan that is suited for you. Dr. Ricky will provide information and resources you need to adopt healthy lifestyle adjustments that will improve your overall health and well-being.

2. Chiropractic care can boost your immunity

The nervous system has influence on all parts of the body, and provides communication for every system that keeps you functioning. The immune organs in the body receive information both from the brain and directly from reflexes in the spine to determine if priority can be given to the immune system or if energy is needed for something else. Chiropractic has been shown to help move you out of the "fight or flight" (Sympathetic) system and into the "Rest and Digest" (Parasympathetic) system, where your immune system functions at its peak.

3. Chiropractic care can improve your digestion

The communication between your digestive system (stomach and gut) and your central nervous system (your spinal cord and brain), is the most important factors for emotional regulation in the body. The Vagus nerve originates in your brain stem and travels throughout your body, providing the communication highway for many organs including your digestive tract. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve activation of the vagus nerve. Because this highway moves in both directions, activating the nerve has benefits for both your stomach and brain

4. Chiropractic care can help increase your energy

It accomplishes this in two ways: by lowering spine tension and allowing nerves to function more effectively. Most times, we find ourselves uncomfortable and tense for a long time and we don't even realize it. We also come to accept pain as normal. We even get exhausted and run down as our bodies fight with muscle aches and pains and an inadequate neurological system. Meanwhile, chiropractic care can help relieve such pressure, allowing the body to function as it intends to.

5. Chiropractic care can be an important tool to manage your blood pressure and heart health.

A single chiropractic adjustment, according to research, can be as beneficial as taking two blood pressure medications daily for people with high blood pressure. These effects were found to last at least 2 months, from a single adjustment to a single bone (the top vertebra in the spine, known as the atlas). Further studies have shown immediate affects to Heart Rate Variability, which is an important marker for overall cardio-respiratory health.

6. Chiropractic care can help you breathe more easily

Your breath works by increasing and decreasing the volume of your lungs. Many factors affect how efficiently your body can do this, and Chiropractic can help with most of them. The ribcage itself is a place that can hold tension, and if the ribs don't allow for either expansion or contraction, you'll notice you can't breath as deeply. The Diaphragm is the large domed muscle that works to pump your lungs pulling them down and letting them relax up. Similar to other muscles, the diaphragm can have spasms (felt as a side ache during a heavy workout) or it can twist and hold tension similar to a tight calf muscle, chiropractic can help release the diaphragm. The same can happen with the muscles between the ribs and all of the accessory, assisting muscles that help with breathing like Pectoralis Minor or Scalenes. The Phrenic nerve emerges out of the 3rd 4th and 5th neck vertebra and travels down to the diaphragm to communicate your body's needs to the primary muscle of breath. Lastly, chiropractic has been shown to make asthma less severe for children in this longitudinal study.

7. Chiropractic care can help your body make what it needs so you don't need to rely as much on medications and surgeries

Chiropractic care helps your body to be more self-sufficient. By learning about how your body holds onto tension and how it releases that tension, you and your body work as a more efficient team. Chiropractic care has been shown to decrease incidence of migraines and medication use for people with head aches with changes that are sustained for weeks. If a chiropractor is your first contact, you are less likely to have surgery, use medications, or be admitted to a hospital. Chiropractic is associated with overall less cost and lower incidence of comorbidities in this study of 70,000 people.

8. Chiropractic care can improve your sleep

Sleep quantity and quality are increasingly important factors in your overall health, it's no wonder we dedicate a third of our lives to it. The way you sleep (or don't sleep) can be very telling of how the tension patterns in your body are acting. During sleep you should be able to find many positions that are comfortable, and you should be able to move between them without disturbing your sleep state. Falling asleep and staying asleep is dependent on deactivation of the sympathetic nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments (especially to the mid-back and rib cage) help the body to regulate this portion of the Autonomic Nervous system.

9. Chiropractic care improves your overall well-being

Chiropractic care is about much more than just your spine. It has a positive impact on your neurological system as well as every thing that your nervous system touches (which is everything!). Chiropractic care aims to improve your brain body connection, which has an impact on every aspect of your quality of life. As you unload these tension patterns in your body, you'll notice more ease in life both immediately and over the long-term.

10. Chiropractic care can enable better balance and athletic performance

Athletic performance is determined by a number of factors, some of which include muscle strength, functional range of motion, and motor control. By adjusting the joints of the extremities themselves, as well as the places where the joints emerge from the spine, Chiropractic care can increase all of these aspects of athletic ability.

In Santa Barbara, Dr. Ricky is the specialist in adjustments of the upper and lower extremities. By improving the biomechanics of the joints, patients at Flow Chiropractic get more quality information about their body, and more quality motor planning out from the brain.

Visit Flow Chiropractic in Santa Barbara!

Chiropractic care is universally recognized to be safe for the whole population when chiropractors are properly trained and licensed. Chiropractic care covers a range of techniques with varying amounts of force applied to the body. Dr. Ricky Polizo sees people with needs that range from very low force contacts to deep structural adjustments and everything in between.

Call, text or email our office if you have any questions. Or check availability to book your first appointment today!



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