Health problems related to pain cost the Singapore economy at least $8.4 billion every year. That figure includes losses arising from days away from work and reduced productivity.
The neck appears to be the most common area affected by pain in Singaporean workers. 46% of surveyed office employees said that they suffer from neck pain. Whereas 42% of workers reported either shoulder pain, low back pain, or both.
If you’re one of these people with neck pain, now’s the best time to get chiropractic neck adjustment. Especially if your neck problems are causing more than just pain. Chiropractic adjustments and techniques can help treat more than pain conditions.
Ready to learn all about the health issues that the various types of chiropractic care can treat? Then let’s dive right into it!
1. Poor Blood Flow
Did you know that the body requires at least 65% of the spinal blood flow to keep a healthy physiological state? A decrease of just 12% in that blood flow can already cause some form of paralysis!
However, pinched nerves and restricted arteries in the neck can cut off this flow. If this happens, a wide array of health issues may arise, such as pain and sleep problems.
Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can help improve blood flow. Even in healthy, asymptomatic people, chiropractic has shown to help boost circulation.
That said, one of the types of chiropractic treatments that can help is a neck adjustment. Also called “cervical manipulation”, these neck adjustments help loosen the neck joints. This can then help fix pinched nerves and blocked vessels causing poor blood flow.
2. Lack of Sleep or Sleep Deprivation
A 2014 study ranked Singapore as the third-most sleep-deprived among 43 profiled cities. Five years later, not much has changed — Singaporeans are still among the worst sleepers in the world. In fact, almost four in 10 Singaporeans reported worse sleep within the past five years.
Pain is one of the biggest contributors to such sleep problems.
For instance, neck pain makes it difficult to find a comfortable sleep position. Even if a neck pain sufferer manages to fall asleep, moving in their sleep can trigger pain. This, in turn, can wake them up, and they have to once again find the least uncomfortable sleep position.
It’s a vicious cycle, as you can see.
If this sounds familiar, it’s time to see a chiropractor for neck adjustments. Since chiropractic neck adjustment can help ease neck pain, it can also help you get better sleep.
3. Tiredness and Fatigue
Chronic sleep issues can lead to a whole host of other problems, such as tiredness and fatigue. The more sleep debt that piles up, the closer you are to developing chronic fatigue. This, in turn, can make you feel as if you haven’t slept at all, even if you just woke up.
The more tired you feel, the less you can function at school or work. Your productivity levels will suffer, and so will your mental health. You may even become snappish or very irritable.
What’s even more dangerous is that chronic fatigue can result in fatigued driving. Studies have found that, on a global scale, driver fatigue causes between 3% to 30% of vehicle crashes.
Even if you don’t drive, you should address your fatigue concerns as soon as possible. If your chronic tiredness is due to neck pain or sleep deprivation, a chiropractor can help.
4. Headaches and Migraines
Cervical spine subluxations can interrupt the normal functioning of the central nervous system. These “subluxations” can be in the form of misalignments of the neck vertebrae. Either way, they can irritate nerves, joints, and even cause headaches and migraines.
Speaking of which, experts say that the lifetime prevalence of headaches in Singapore is 82.7%. Migraines account for 9.3% of that overall prevalence.
So, if you’ve ever wondered, “Can a chiropractor help with migraines?” the answer is yes, they can. Chiropractic adjustments can help put your neck and spine back in proper alignment. By correcting neck subluxations, you can then find relief from headaches and migraines.
5. Reduced Immune Functions
In Singapore, the flu season brings about 13,000 to 14,000 respiratory infections each week. While anyone can suffer from flu or a common cold, people who have a poor immune system have it worse.
As such, if you’ve noticed that you get sick more often, it’s possible that you have a weakened immune system. Having a low white blood cell count can cause this. These are the cells, after all, that help your body fight off various infections.
The good news is, chiropractic treatment has shown to raise white blood cell count. In fact, a study found that within 15 minutes after an adjustment, the white blood cell count of patients went up! HIV patients who received chiropractic care also had a 48% increase in white blood cell count.
6. High Blood Pressure
Chiropractic neck treatments can also help lower your blood pressure. This is especially true if you have a misaligned Atlas vertebra, a vertebra found in the neck. A specialised adjustment can correct the misalignment and also reduce your blood pressure.
7. Bad Posture
Were you aware that poor posture can cause incontinence, constipation, and slowed digestion? That’s on top of all the other complications, such as pain and reduced airflow, that poor posture can cause!
The good news is, chiropractic adjustments can help correct your poor posture. If you have a forward head posture, for instance, a chiropractor can help address that for you. This bad head posture can strain the muscles in your neck, causing neck and even widespread pain.
Moreover, regular chiropractic sessions can help ensure that you maintain proper posture. The better your overall body posture, the lower your risk of spinal degeneration.
Get Your Health Back in Order With Chiropractic Neck Adjustment
As you can see, chiropractic neck adjustment can treat more than just pain. It can help you sleep better, avoid fatigue, and even boost your immune system. These should be enough reason for you to see a chiropractor ASAP.
Ready to say goodbye to pain and suffering with the help of a chiropractor? Then be sure to check out this post on how to choose the right types of chiropractors for your needs!