When you think about chiropractic, you probably think about back pain. But you might be surprised to learn that a chiropractor can help heal your entire body.

Many people make their first appointment with a chiropractor because of back pain, but they continue going long after the pain subsides. And this is true because they realize that they feel better in many other ways — and they don’t want to end the holistic benefits they’re receiving.

In this post, we’re going to cover the long-term benefits of chiropractic adjustments and why you may want to consider adding a chiropractor to your team of medical professionals.

Improves immunity

When you experience what a chiropractor calls a subluxation (spinal misalignment), it’s more than just a feeling of being off. This misalignment can interfere with the way your nervous system sends and receives messages throughout the body. And when that happens, literally anything can go haywire. Nerves send messages throughout your body to help with all movement, whether direct or indirect. And important organs like your heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys rely on these messages to function.

So when you get regular chiropractic adjustments, you will ensure that your spine stays in alignment and your nervous system is free to function as intended.

Increased lung capacity

If you’re struggling to breathe during cardio, the chiropractor is probably the last place you’d think to go. But evidence shows that regular chiropractic care can help increase your lung capacity. And this helps more than just with cardio. Increased lung capacity can lower your risk of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular issues. So, in short, regular visits to the chiropractor can literally help you breathe easier.

Improved balance

If you’re struggling with balance later in life, it could be for a variety of reasons. But one reason that even many doctors don’t consider upfront is a subluxation. When your spine is out of alignment, this could throw your balance off track. And as you get older, the chances you’re dealing with a subluxation increase. Unfortunately, your risk of serious injury also increases as a result of falling as you get older. So if you begin to have balance issues or want to reduce your risk of injury, you may want to consider getting regular chiropractic adjustments.

Improved flexibility

When you combine things like chiropractic and yoga, you’ll see your flexibility go through the roof. But you don’t need to be training for Circ du Soleil to get the benefits of improved flexibility. Something as simple as regular chiropractic adjustments can help give you the flexibility you need to keep everything moving as it should. Regular adjustments are particularly helpful for those who have osteoarthritis or tension headaches because it helps you move easier and without pain.

Reduced likelihood of injury

Injuries happen to everyone, but some people are more prone to them than others. And as we age, we’re all more likely to get hurt than we were when we were younger. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy combined are particularly helpful at balancing the body to keep it less prone to serious injury. And if you’re the type to exercise hard, chiropractic care should definitely be a part of your regular routine. Regular adjustments can reduce your chances of experiencing an exercise-related injury.

Chiropractic adjustments can offer long-term health benefits that far exceed the narrow scope of back pain. They’re a good idea for most adults and especially those who have exceeded middle age. If you think you’re a good candidate for chiropractic adjustments, head to your local chiropractor for a consultation.