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Fall into National Chiropractic Health Month

By Sara Butler

National Chiropractic Health Month

It’s that time of year again. No, not decorative gourd season (although, that is fun) -- it’s National Chiropractic Health Month. Yes, it’s a month of pumpkin spice, changing leaves, fuzzy boots, and learning how chiropractic’s natural approach to health and wellness can benefit you all year long.

The Value of Conservative Care

The American Chiropractic Association embraces a model of care dubbed “conservative care.” Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with politics. What it does have to do with is your approach to your own health and wellness through chiropractic.

A conservative care model encourages an emphasis on safe approaches and cost-effective measures you can take to improve your health. There are no drugs, just natural, hands-on techniques your doctor of chiropractic can use to help address dysfunction, pain, discomfort, and restriction.

Reap the Benefits

Do you remember that episode of Diff’rent Strokes when the neighborhood bully was making things more difficult for Arnold until Willis came up with some rather unconventional methods to deal with it? Well, I’m pretty sure that episode was just a parable for chiropractic care. Your spine is Arnold; pain, discomfort, and joint restriction is Gooch, the bully; and Willis is chiropractic care!

Things just got real, didn’t they?

Chiropractic care helps you to fight the bully of joint pain, restriction, and dysfunction naturally and effectively. It’s your Willis.

Movin’ On Up

One of the core values of chiropractic care is movement. Simply put, movement is essential for life. You body needs it -- especially your spine.

To maintain a constant supply of nutrients and blood flow to the vertebrae, muscles, tendons, and discs in your spine, you need to move. Movement is especially crucial to the discs since they have no direct blood flow and get their nutrients through a process called imbibition, in which nutrients are absorbed into the disc from the fluid surrounding it. Without movement, your discs don’t get the nutrients they need. They become dehydrated and can’t do their job properly, putting you at increased risk for degenerative disc changes and back pain.

The answer? Combine your regular visits to the chiropractor with regular exercise. If you can get up and get moving for at least 30 minutes a day by walking the dog, taking a job, or riding your bike, then you can improve your spinal health right along with your overall health, too.

Chiropractic Health Month may only be celebrated one month per year, but it’s easy to keep the party going all year long with regular visits to the chiropractors at The Joint! It’s great for dealing with pain, and it’s great as a preventive measure to optimize your nervous system function. Now go put on a sweater and some fuzzy boots, stretch out a bit, and create an all-gourd diorama of the Mayflower free from joint pain and discomfort!

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