Kill two birds with one stone by seeing a chiro: boost your libido and rid yourself from back pain
Most people don't go to a chiropractor for a better sex life, but that extra benefits is a pretty happy accident. “People come in with back pain, but after adjustments, they come back and tell me their sex life is so much better,” says Jason Helfrich, co-founder and CEO of 100% Chiropractic. “It’s no surprise to us—it’s amazing what the body will do when you take away the pressure on the nervous system.” (Get a handle on 8 Surprising Things Affecting Your Sex Life.)
And what are those amazing feats, exactly? Let’s start with what a chiropractor really does. Every function in your body is controlled from the nervous system, but when vertebra are off position—known as a subluxation—the nerves traveling between your brain and your muscles can become blocked, compromising your body’s ability to function as it needs to. Every chiropractor's goal is to remove these subluxations, since they can both cause pain and impede feeling, Helfrich says.
But these fixes help more than just back pain. The lumbar region (your lower back) is a huge hub for the nerves that extend into your reproductive regions. Removing lumbar subluxations can improve nerve flow to your sexual organs, increasing things like blood flow to your clitoris or, for your husband, the penis. (Low Sex Drive? 6 Ways to Lift Your Libido.)
The flow of nerve signals is a two-way street, though, meaning that adjustments also allow your organs to send messages to the brain more easily. This means that you not only do you become physically aroused faster, but your brain also registers that ready-for-action, heightened sense of pleasure more quickly, so you move past the mental obstacles that may be keeping you from orgasming, Helfrich explains.
The other key adjustment area for a better sex life? Right below your brain stem, around the vertebrae known as C1 and C2. “Libido and fertility require a delicate balance of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones, many of which are released in the upper cervical and neck area,” he explains. If there are any blockages right out of the brain, the impingement up there will have an effect all the way down. (Those mentioned above are just a few of The 20 Most Important Hormones for Your Health.)
Even your fertility is affected by the nerves and hormones coming out of the spine, as they control your reproductive cycle.
But beyond all of the physiological benefits of tweaking your spine to perfection, chiropractic adjustments can also simply give your muscles more range of motion. This means you can try previously impossible positions under the sheets. (Until then, try The Sex Positions That Won't Hurt Your Back.)
“We want to improve people’s health, and health is about living life as its intended. Having a great sex life is huge part of that,” Helfrich adds. No arguments here!