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The Science Behind Chiropractic Care: How it Can Help Relieve Pain Naturally

Chiropractic care is a popular form of non-surgical medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine.

Often, our patients at Hughes Chiropractic & Massage are curious about the science behind chiropractic care and how it can naturally relieve pain and improve overall health.

The Mechanism and Theory Behind Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care involves manual manipulation of the spine, joints, and soft tissues to alleviate pain, improve function, and support the body’s natural healing processes. Chiropractors use various techniques, including spinal adjustments, mobilization, and therapeutic exercises, to address a wide range of conditions.

The central tenet of chiropractic care is the concept of spinal alignment and its impact on the nervous system. Misalignment (or subluxations) in the spine are believed to interfere with the nervous system’s ability to communicate effectively with the rest of the body.

By correcting these subluxations through spinal adjustments, chiropractors aim to restore proper nerve function, reduce pain, and promote overall health.

Research Supporting Chiropractic Care

Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic care can be effective in reducing pain and improving function for various musculoskeletal conditions.

A systematic review published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics * found that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is effective in treating acute low back pain, with improvements in pain and function lasting up to six weeks.

Another study published in Spine * demonstrated that SMT is more effective than medication for both acute and chronic neck pain.

Impact on Chronic Pain

Chiropractic care has also been shown to benefit individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. A study published in the Journal of Pain Research * reported that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy significantly reduced pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain compared to those receiving standard medical care.

A meta-analysis in the European Spine Journal * concluded that chiropractic care is a cost-effective approach for managing chronic low back pain, offering significant pain relief and functional improvement.

Non-Musculoskeletal Benefits

Beyond musculoskeletal pain relief, chiropractic care may have broader health benefits. Research published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine * suggests that spinal adjustments can positively influence the autonomic nervous system, potentially improving conditions like hypertension, asthma, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Chiropractic Care and Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is generally high, which may contribute to its growing popularity. A survey published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics * found that patients receiving chiropractic care for low back pain reported higher satisfaction levels compared to those receiving medical care, citing better pain relief, improved function, and fewer side effects.

Chiropractic care offers a natural, non-invasive approach to pain relief and overall health improvement. Chiropractic care provides an effective alternative to traditional medical treatments for various musculoskeletal conditions. By addressing spinal misalignments and enhancing nervous system function, chiropractic care can help individuals achieve lasting pain relief and better quality of life.

Whether you’re curious about how chiropractic care can improve your health or are already benefiting from regular adjustments, our office has something for you. Call us today at (425) 782-2520 to schedule your next (or first) chiropractic appointment!

How Do Our Patients Feel About Us?
  • "I absolutely love getting adjusted by Dr. Hughes!!! The relief I feel instantly afterwards is incredible! Dr. Hughes is so caring and thoughtful, I really appreciate her, and her ability to ease my back and neck pain. The staff is always so nice, helpful and welcoming! Also, Jeannie Anderst, is really great at massages, I appreciate her help and kindness."

    - Sharon R.
  • "I’m so glad I chose Dr. Hughes for treatment. I felt better immediately and she is very good at what she does. We agreed to a modest treatment plan and there never any pressure to add anything unnecessary. Great experience."

    - Tim F.
  • "Dr. Hughes has helped me immensely with my pain and range of motion. I never though it would be possible to go about my day without some occurrence of neck or back pain and I’m happy to say that is not true!! I referred my sister and I would refer anyone else out there in need of a chiropractor!"

    - Annelise Z.
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