The Chiro-Practical Approach to Better Health

By The Joint Chiropractic

Man Suffering from Back Pain

Health is a word that means different things to different people. Truth is, we have become accustomed to relating health to simply feeling good or the absence of pain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as, “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

America is the country that practices crisis or sickness care better than anyone with little emphasis on health and overall wellness. We go to the doctor when we are sick and want a “quick fix,” yet place no priority on practicing lifestyle habits that help keep us healthy. It’s no secret that our present healthcare system is broken, spending billions of dollars attending to the sick and refusing to pay for those things that may increase the odds of keeping us well. In order to change this seemingly insane dilemma, a more practical approach must be considered, an approach that realizes good health is our responsibility, not that of our doctor, insurance company, pharmaceutical partner or the government.

The “chiro-practical” approach does just that. Rather than treat the symptom (which is the pain), this approach looks to the cause itself to help prevent or decrease pain’s occurrence. The spinal column, or backbone, houses the central nervous system, which controls and coordinates every cell, tissue and organ in the body. The spinal column is instrumental to the health, strength, support, flexibility and range of movement our bodies possess. It’s a complicated structure, with many interconnected and interdependent components.

Importance of Back Health

Controlling your posture, engaging in strengthening the back muscles, and proper stretching are beneficial to the long-term health of your spine. Most people today take better care of their pets and automobiles than they do their own bodies. They have regular checkups at their friendly veterinarian, tune-ups and oil changes on their car, yet wait until pain or some other crisis sets in before taking care of the only body they will ever have. Symptoms such as pain and discomfort are simply your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Pain and discomfort can be masked with painkillers, but with every symptom there must be a cause. Something as simple as sitting at a desk or standing all day can cause stress to your spine and extremities. This stress can cause joint restrictions, otherwise known as “joint dysfunctions” -- many times without you even knowing it. When spinal joints are restricted in movement, because they house the central nervous system, the rest of the body can be affected in ways you never thought possible. These joint restrictions can cause a lack of motion that can cause an interruption of the nerve communication from the brain to the body. This interruption often inhibits your performance, or creates pain and discomfort. Because normal nerve communication is inhibited, your immune system suffers, your health suffers, your job suffers, those who depend on you suffer, and eventually your lifestyle suffers.

Practicality of Chiropractic

Doctors of chiropractic apply a gentle, targeted movement to the restricted joints to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities, thereby enhancing nerve function. This highly controlled procedure is known as a chiropractic adjustment.

Back pain is among the most common reasons for doctor visits. In fact, approximately 80 percent of Americans will suffer from this condition at some point during their lives. Whether you’re currently suffering from back pain or not, make chiropractic a part of your wellness lifestyle and have your spine checked for joint dysfunctions. Keeping your body functioning at its peak is one of the best investments you can make.

The spine has an excellent memory. As such, it’s recommended that you take care to provide it with proper support from a young age. Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive forms of health care available for all ages, from babies to seniors. More and more people are experiencing the benefits of routine chiropractic care than ever before. They are learning that chiropractic makes a much better vitamin than it does an aspirin. Chiropractic truly is the “chiro-practical” approach to healthcare. Discover how millions of Americans have found relief from pain, and also a pathway to wellness, without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery.

About The Joint Chiropractic

The Joint Chiropractic is the largest network of chiropractic clinics in the United States and performs more than 4 million patient visits per year. It provides affordable personalized treatment plans; accessible locations with evening and weekend hours make it easy to experience the benefits of chiropractic and an improved quality of life. To learn more and find a chiropractic office near you, visit thejoint.com.

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