Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jeff Felker, DC

Vermont Street Chiropractic
4616 SW Vermont Street, Portland OR 97219


 Top Ten Benefits of Chiropractic Care
The following are ten of the most important and valuable benefits you may experience after a visit to your Chiropractic Physician.

1. Reduced pain.
The most sought after benefit of chiropractic care is the reduction of pain that follows a chiropractic adjustment. When a joint is adjusted, endorphins are released into the blood vessels associated with that joint. One of the many positive effects of endorphins is that they block pain. So the endorphins released during an adjustment help to effectively reduce pain.

2. Relieved pain.
An adjustment relieves pain by treating the underlying causes of the pain and by speeding healing. Most of the pain that is felt after an injury is caused by the inflammatory processes that are occurring. An adjustment increases circulation in the treated area. The additional blood flow to the area helps to reduce the inflammation and to supply the nutrients needed for the healing process.

3. Shorter recovery time and decreased scar tissue formation.
Another benefit of controlling and reducing inflammation with chiropractic care is that you can decrease the recovery time and scar tissue formation from an injury. All of us want to get better faster, and chiropractic care does just that.

4. Increased muscle flexibility and range of motion.
Chiropractic treatment also improves muscle flexibility and range of motion. When you are young, your joints have a lot more flexibility. As you age or have injuries, that flexibility decreases. Just like a physical therapist, Chiropractors are trained in exercises to help you stretch and strengthen your muscles to withstand the stresses of life. When your muscles are healthy, flexible, and strong, they recover quickly when an injury such as an automobile accident occurs.

5. Reduced muscle tension.
Going hand and hand with increasing muscle flexibility, easing muscle tension is another chiropractic benefit. Muscle tension impedes circulation. And that limited circulation, in turn, causes the muscles to contract and be tense.  This results in a chronic cycle of muscle tension.  Most people recognize this as tension or “knots” in the muscle.  Chiropractic treatment gets the “knots” out, enabling healthy blood flow and normal muscle function.

6. Scar tissue elimination.
Over time, if left untreated, those “knots” of tension in muscles will become fibrotic with scar tissue. Scar tissue is only about 60% as flexible as healthy muscle tissue. So that when you use that muscle, it quickly tightens up and you notice pain. To get rid of this scar tissue, chiropractors utilize various treatment methods such as Graston technique, interferential and massage.

7. Improved sports performance
When your joints and muscles are healthy and functioning properly, you are stronger and more flexible.  All professional athletes have a chiropractor that they see on regular basis.  They understand the benefits it has for their sport.  Whether it’s golf, bowling, figure skating or running, a Chiropractor can help you perform at the top of your game.  With the vast knowledge of how the body works, a Chiropractor can tailor an exercise program to you sport or condition. 

8. Better Sleep.
Many people experience other benefits that at first might not be connected to Chiropractic care.  One of the main ones is sleeping better.  When the muscles are relaxed and the tension is off your joints, you sleep more soundly.

9. Easier breathing.
Another common effect of Chiropractic is breathing easier, when you’re awake and while sleeping.

10. Improved perception and cognition.
Many people are able to see, hear and think more clearly after being adjusted.  This is just another way that Chiropractic allows your body to work at it’s optimal level.