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Manage ED Naturally with Chiropractic Care

Published Date: 
December 18, 2023
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Erectile dysfunction is a common health concern, especially as men age. Many treatments are available, but many of the most commonly prescribed options pose a risk of negative side effects.

Chiropractic care offers a safe, drug-free option for managing ED and enhancing one’s sex life no matter their age. Sexual arousal is linked to the health of the nervous system. When someone’s brain and nerves are not communicating optimally, it can affect their performance in the bedroom. Chiropractic treatments improve the overall function of the nervous system, improving sexual and general health.

Understanding Erectile Dysfunction and its Causes

An erection occurs when a penis is enlarged and hardens due to increased blood flow to the area. It’s often caused by sexual arousal, but not always. It typically “starts” in the brain, and the brain sends a message to the penis via the nervous system. This causes the blood vessels to open and allow blood to flow to the area. Valves cause the blood to get trapped, which creates pressure – the erection.

Ejaculation is one way to alleviate an erection, but they can also go away on their own without ejaculation. Muscle contractions stop the flow of blood to the area, and the penis becomes flaccid.

Erectile dysfunction occurs when someone cannot get and keep an erection. It’s a common problem and occasionally arises for most men at some point in their lives. However, when erectile dysfunction is chronic and interferes with your sex life, it can be cause for concern. It might also be a symptom of an underlying health condition.

Causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Spinal cord injury or damage
  • Inflammation
  • Poor circulation/blood flow
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Side Effects of certain medications

Any time erectile dysfunction is linked to blood flow or nerve issues, chiropractic care can help.

How Spinal Subluxations Can Affect Blood Flow

Misaligned vertebrae cause spinal subluxations. The misalignment causes pressure on the nerves in your spine, disrupting the signals these nerves send to and receive from the brain. Subluxations cause a variety of imbalances in everyday life due to impeding blood flow, which can include problems with sexual function.

Unhappy senior man struggling with erectile dysfunction sitting on the edge of bed while his wife reads a book.

There are two ways subluxations affect blood flow.

They can cause hyperemia, which causes an excess amount of blood pooling in certain areas of the body. People with hyperemia usually develop red lumps in the affected area that might feel warmer than the surrounding skin.

Subluxations also cause circulatory impairment. This occurs when blood flow is impeded and less forceful, allowing less blood to reach certain body areas.

How Nerve Inflammation Affects Blood Flow

The health and function of your nerves also affect blood flow in the body. When your nerves are inflamed, it can cause the vessel walls to thicken and scar, which interferes with the flow of blood. This can lead to nerve damage. When your nerves aren’t working properly, it affects all aspects of your health, including sexual health.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Manage ED Naturally 

Chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective approach for treating erectile dysfunction naturally.

Your genital area is filled with nerves. These nerves connect to the brain and send messages along the spinal cord. If there is spinal misalignment, it can affect the nerves and interfere with their ability to transmit messages. When your brain and the nerves in your genitals are not able to communicate effectively, your penis might not receive the message sent by your brain to develop an erection.

Chiropractic treatments reduce nerve inflammation, allowing the nerves to function as they should. Reducing inflammation makes it easier for nerves to respond to messages from the brain.

Chiropractic care can also address the non-physical factors in erectile dysfunction.

Often, a minor bout of ED is worsened by stress and anxiety related to everyday life and problems with sexual function. The problem becomes a vicious cycle. Someone experiences a single bout of ED, but they develop stress that could be a chronic problem. This stress causes them to panic when faced with a sexual encounter, which triggers an emotionally triggered bout of ED. In time, it’s difficult to tell what started first – the physical inability to develop an erection or the emotional charge preventing an erection from developing in someone physically capable of having a healthy erection.

Chiropractic care improves the overall function of your nervous system and helps you relax and perform at your best.

Restore Nerve Function and Balance in the Spine

Chiropractic care restores nerve function and balance in the spine.

During treatment, a chiropractor applies a sudden, controlled force to the spine. They might use their hands or a particular instrument. This thrust is used to realign misaligned vertebrae. It also relieves pressure and alleviates discomfort. Freeing the spine of misalignment lets messages flow from the brain to other parts of the body, allowing for optimal function of the entire body.

Promote Proper Blood Flow Throughout the Body

Chiropractic adjustment enables proper blood flow throughout the body. Blockages in the spine are one of the primary causes of poor circulation and blood flow to the genitals. Spinal adjustments release pressure from the nerves, restoring normal circulation. This enhances nerve function and allows for proper communication between the brain and nerves.

Release Tension from Muscles and Joints

Chiropractic treatment releases tension from the muscles and joints. This tension might be caused by misalignment issues, but it can also occur due to stress and anxiety. Tension can be painful and affect a person’s quality of life.

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors also use soft tissue therapy like massage, exercise, and stretching to alleviate tension in the body.

Soft tissue therapy, such as massage, increases muscle temperature, which increases tissue elasticity. This allows for looser, more relaxed muscles. Massage therapy also stretches muscle and fascia, alleviating tightness and tension. All of this helps the nervous system regulate itself and relax, all of which create a better environment for sexual arousal.

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Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common health concerns to occur, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful or devastating. Struggling with ED can lead to problems with confidence and affect intimate relationships. There might be a variety of physical and emotional components involved in ED, most of which can be helped with treatment methods that do not include medication.Chiropractic care is a safe, all-natural treatment option that addresses many different aspects of ED. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other erectile dysfunction treatments. It can also be used to improve overall health and reduce the risk of future bouts of ED.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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