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