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Chronic illness is a disease or condition that lasts for a long period of time (often for the rest of a person’s life) and/or is marked by frequent recurrence. One out of every two people live with a chronic condition, the most common of which include: allergies and asthma, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and even obesity. Many of these conditions are debilitating; in fact, arthritis, back and spine problems account for more than 30 percent of cases of disability in the United States, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. And even for those who are not disabled, their conditions affect their quality of life.

An often overlooked factor in all of these conditions is the health of the spine. When faced with a serious or chronic health challenge, medication is often the first choice. But medications can have negative side effects, often masking the symptoms and not treating the disease at its core.

Luckily, millions of people living with a chronic condition have reaped the benefits of chiropractic care, often coming to see a chiropractor when they have nowhere else to turn. They find that medication and surgeries have failed and finally begin to explore alternatives.

A component of nearly all chronic conditions is spinal nerve stress. Spinal nerve stress (also referred to as vertebral subluxations, the subluxation complex, or “pinched nerves”) is a misalignment or distortion of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the proper function of the nerve system (brain stem , spinal cord, spinal nerves and outlying or peripheral nerves). Since the nerve system controls the function of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.

When a chiropractor frees the nerve system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed: the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, and your body functions more efficiently. You can respond to internal and external environmental stresses more efficiently.