Seeing a chiropractor isn’t just about getting your back cracked. (Though it feels sooooo good.) When you find the right chiropractor, you’ll also see benefits of chiropractic care that range from reducing your pain to improving your mood to saving you money.

34 powerful benefits of chiropractic care for pain patients

1. Chiropractic care provides powerful pain relief

Some studies have found that chiropractic care can reduce pain even more effectively than medications. A study in 2012 found that spinal manipulation was more effective than medication for acute neck pain. An earlier study in 2013 found that not only did patients with neck pain show faster improvement with chiropractic treatments but also that they paid less for their treatment overall. We’ve recently rounded up even more research backing the use of chiropractic to help relieve pain in our post “6 New Chiropractic Pain Management Research Findings.”

Dr. Axe also provides more research showing the benefits of chiropractic care for:

2. Chiropractors treat the causes of pain, not the symptoms

Chiropractic care can’t cure everything. In many cases, though, it can reverse the cause of some of your pain. If your neck is out of whack, taking a painkiller will treat the symptoms – but seeing a chiropractor might just correct the cause of the pain. They look specifically to the nervous system of the body. This system controls everything, from reflexive responses like breathing to every movement we make. Since nerves run up the spine and radiate out through the body, chiropractors believe that spine health is everything.

You can learn more about the basics of chiropractic care from this informational video from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

3. Drug-free pain management

Pain patients tend to be very familiar with pain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, but chiropractic adjustments can provide totally drug-free pain relief. It’s a great option for anyone interested in reducing medication use. Chiropractic doctors utilize this drug-free approach since they treat the whole body as an holistic system, focusing less on symptoms and more on maintaining a healthy body. It’s the foundation for their approach to patient care. Although there are various techniques that chiropractors use to treat patients, none of them are as invasive as surgery, and patients report few, if any, side effects as are common with medications. For many patients, this one of the most important benefits of chiropractic care.

4. Chiropractic complements other pain treatments

Managing discomfort as a chronic pain patient often means utilizing a variety of different therapies, such as nerve blocks, oral medications, or transcutaneous electrical nervous stimulation (TENS). Because chiropractic care is drug-free, it can be used in conjunction with almost any other therapy (although it’s always important to make sure your entire healthcare team is aware of all other treatments).

5. Chiropractors provide one more pain-management tool

When you live with pain on a regular basis, it’s important to have an arsenal of tools to manage that pain. Chiropractic care alone might not manage your pain condition, but it does offer one more way to reduce your pain.

6. You can find customizable treatments

Chiropractors have many different techniques and tools at their disposal. If you have mobility issues or a painful body part, let your chiropractor know. He or she will probably be able to find a way to work around the problem. This can be done by tables that are modified for specific body shapes or sizes, or tools that can soften chiropractic adjustments.

7. Chiropractic care is low risk

The most common side effect of chiropractic adjustment is some soreness or achiness at the site of the adjustment. The Mayo Clinic also notes that some patients may experience fatigue or headache after receiving chiropractic care. In some cases, worsened pain, herniated discs, or stroke are possible, but these are extremely rare.

8. Chiropractic care for back and neck pain works

Much of the research behind the benefits of chiropractic care revolve around how it can help with back or neck pain. And while it can help with many other conditions, this is certainly one of its biggest advantages since millions suffer from these two conditions. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health notes that in 2002, approximately four million people in the U.S. used chiropractic care. They note that: “Among those who had used chiropractic for back pain, 66 percent perceived ‘great benefit’ from their treatments.”

Fox News reports on the reason behind these chiropractic care benefits:

“Chiropractors are best known for safely and effectively treating acute back and neck pain, as well as headaches. Whereas a medical doctor might prescribe pain medicine, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs, and an orthopedic doctor might suggest surgery, a chiropractor will treat your back problems by hand, through manipulation of the spine.”

9. You can find help for chronic conditions, like fibromyalgia

Many pain patients struggle with hard-to-treat and invisible chronic conditions, like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Chiropractic adjustments can help ease the symptoms that are associated with these symptoms. A fibromyalgia patient in Santa Ana discusses his experience using chiropractic care for fibromyalgia.

10. Chiropractic provides options for cancer patients

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America note that one of the benefits of chiropractic care is for cancer-related symptoms and pain:

“Cancer and treatments for cancer can cause stress on the musculoskeletal system. Some cancer patients experience peripheral neuropathy, aches and pains in the neck and/or back, muscle tension, headaches, or difficulty walking. Chiropractic care can help to reduce stress and increase mobility, flexibility, strength and function, as well as help improve overall well-being.”

11. Chiropractors can prevent joint dysfunction

The Joint notes that one of the greatest benefits of chiropractic care is how it can help improve joint health by reducing dysfunction. They explain:

“Joint dysfunctions in the spine may eventually lead to symptoms in other parts or joints of the body as well. These symptoms are your body’s only way of letting you know something is wrong. Unfortunately, the absence of pain is not an indication of health. By the time pain and symptoms appear the problem may have been present for months, even years. The great news is that you can help prevent these types of symptoms and conditions with routine chiropractic care.

12. Chiropractors can treat many other conditions

Chiropractic care isn’t just for back and neck pain anymore. Chiropractic care is patient care and its benefits extend to all sorts of conditions, such as:

  • Fertility issues
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Ear infection
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Gastrointestinal syndromes

The chiropractors at Georgia Neck and Back also talk about how the benefits of chiropractic care can help with conditions such as colic, multiple sclerosis, and asthma. Chiropractors generally work alongside a general practitioner to design a treatment plan that works for each patient and his or her symptoms.