In 2018, The National Cancer Institute estimated that 609,640 people in the US will die from cancer, with approximately 1,735,350 new cases of cancer diagnosed. Cancer is clearly a tremendously important health topic, as we continue a series on the chiropractic viewpoint of the leading diseases in the US. You can read our post about diabetes here.
Here are just a few of the reasons cancer patients and survivors should seek out a principled chiropractor.
Chiropractic Boosts the Immune System
We have shared before about the body’s powerful healing ability. Breastcancer.org notes that the structure and function of the body are closely related; meaning that what is affecting the spine, affects the health and function of the body. This is because the nervous system runs down the spine from the brain and out to the rest of the body, relaying all the messages for the body’s innate and conscious actions. This articles states, “Chiropractic therapy is given with the goal of normalizing the relationship between structure and function and helping the body as it heals.”
Promoting wellness in every area of the body is vital for a cancer patient, not only strengthening them in their fight against cancer, but protecting them against infections and other illnesses. Cancer survivors can reap extended benefits and good health to prevent a secondary cancer or recurrence.
Chiropractic Reduces Discomfort
Whether they know about the whole body benefits of chiropractic or not, many people come to a chiropractor for pain. Chronic headaches and musculoskeletal pain can be symptoms of cancer relieved by spinal manipulation. Fatigue, nausea and neuropathy (numbness or weakness usually in the extremities) are also reasons patients seek complementary alternative medicine says the American Chiropractic Association.
The discomfort of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation are legendary. “Researchers from Camp Pendleton, Calif. reported that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) can assist in treatment of the complications of prolonged bed rest, chronic pain related to radiation fibrosis, chemotherapy-related neuropathies and gait or functional abnormalities, thereby decreasing the patient’s reliance on pain medication.” (Schneider J, Gilford S. The chiropractor’s role in pain management for oncology patients. JMPT. 2001 Jan;24(1):52-7.)
Chiropractic Relieves Stress
Fighting to regain health, many doctors visits, the high emotions and fears, caring for family members, in addition to dealing with the physical symptoms of cancer, puts a tremendous amount of stress on a cancer patient.
This post on TheTruthAboutCancer.com, says “One of the most sought after forms of alternative healing is chiropractic care. Amongst cancer survivors who seek chiropractic therapy, 84% do so to alleviate pain, improve mood and sleeping habits, as well as to relieve stress.”
The body and mind are deeply connected and taking care of physical misalignment and interference is stress-relieving. We’ve also written about the link between yoga and chiropractic, as it’s well-known that physical activity and mindfulness can both reduce stress.
If you or a loved one are struggling with cancer, you have our prayers. You are so strong and you’ve got this! Here’s a little encouragement for you today.
Let Your Life Force Flow
Thank you for sharing this post with your friends and family, as so many are affected by this disease.
Call 316-636-5550 and make an appointment with Drs. Ryan and Denise Dopps, DC at their Wichita office, Dopps Chiropractic NE on Greenwich and 21st. If you are not in the area, contact them for a referral nationwide to another principled chiropractor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can connect with Dr. Denise on Instagram (@ddopps) where she promotes health through nutrition and exercise. Her podcast encourages and stimulates mental health at www.adjustyourvocabulary.com, using vocabulary to “elevate your voice.”
You can also find Dr. Ryan on Instagram (@drdopps) where he lives out a chiropractic lifestyle and @letschalkaboutchiropractic posts fun, humorous snippets of information with colorful illustrations, such as the one featured in this post.