When I was 14 years old I started suffering from severe back pain. Most nights I couldn’t sleep well due to the pain, so the next day I was tired and couldn’t concentrate at school. And the position in which I sat at my desk made it worse. I remember my mom having to pick me up in the middle of the day at school a couple of times because the pain became so bad I had to lie down.
When my back first started hurting my mom took me to our primary care doctor. He sent me pain medication and told me it was because
of my bad posture, and that it could be easily fixed with physiotherapy. However, after doing the physiotherapy sessions he sent me to, my back was still hunched and I was in pain most days. The second time my mom met me at the school nurse’s office and saw that the pain I was in had me in tears, she decided that we had to try anything that might make feel better.
A friend of hers recommended to take me to a chiropractor although my mom was quite skeptical at first. The profession was pretty much unknown to her, and the only reference she had for it was the main character of the popular TV series Two And A Half Men, Alan Harper, who gave chiropractors a bad reputation because of the way the character was portrayed. Still, she couldn’t stand seeing me in pain, so she found a chiropractor and scheduled an appointment for me.
I remember walking into his house (back then most LA chiropractors operated from their homes), and the first thing he said to me after greeting us was, “You’re tilting your head to the left when you think you’re standing straight, and that’s making your neck muscles on the left side shrink.” He then started pointing out which muscles in my body were affected because of my poor posture. And this was only after briefly examining me.
He helped me fix my posture and after only a few days the pain virtually disappeared. Since then, I visit chiropractors regularly, whether it is to help me with a bad posture I might have developed or to boost my immune system. The truth is, a chiropractor can help you in many ways, so here are 3 reasons why you should visit one soon:
1. Fixing Your Posture
We spent most of our time hunching over our smartphones and computers many hours of every day. This leads us to have bad posture, which can be the source of body pain that you thought was normal. This was my case exactly. I had a bad posture because I was slouching over my computer all the time both at work and at home.
When you develop bad posture it becomes involuntary for you to sit and stand that way, and most of the time you don’t even realize you’re not sitting straight until someone points it out. This is why most people aren’t aware of the health consequences of poor posture. A Los Angeles chiropractor once told me that slouching over, besides causing soreness and back pain, can also cause fatigue, stress, bad digestion, and make you irritable in general.
A chiropractor can reverse your posture problems and teach you healthy posture habits in order for you to fight back the tendency to slouch and develop bad posture.
2. Stress Management
Stress is something most of us have to deal with on a daily basis. Work, school, bills, relationships, traffic… all of these can make us feel overwhelmed, and this stress isn’t good for your health. Studies show that stress can cause headaches, chest pain, fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and, you guessed it, muscle pain.
When you’re stressed you tense your back muscles, and this continuous tension can cause pain and discomfort. A chiropractor can help alleviate this pain by relieving stress from the muscles, which results from an adjustment of the sections of the spine that had moved due to stress. In addition, chiropractors usually give you advice on exercise routines that are good for your back muscles, relaxation techniques for your mind, and nutritional tips, all of which, combined with the physical adjustments to your posture, can lower your stress levels significantly.
3. Boosting Your Immune System
Chiropractic care doesn’t just help your muscles, it can also give your immune system the boost it might need. You know that your immune system in charge of fighting viruses and bacteria that may cause infection. And having a healthy spine is essential for your immune system to function properly, given that our nervous system runs through our spine and works with our immune system to send and receive messages from the brain that allow proper healing.
When your spine isn’t aligned correctly it can cause neural dysfunctions, which in turn can result in a weakened immune system. Chiropractic adjustments can boost your immune system by correcting misalignments in your spine (1).
Bad posture and stress have become part of our lives. They are so natural to us that we don’t even question whether they might be affecting our health. Now that you know the improvements in your health that come from having good posture, I’m sure you’ll want to focus on improving yours . And the absolute best way to do it is with the help of a chiropractor.
Do you know any other benefits of chiropractic care? Please let us know in the comments below.