See Your Chiropractor for Preventative Care
I see my chiropractor religiously twice a month. Not only does he soothe my back aches from working a desk job, I notice a marked improvement in my sleep after an appointment and I never catch the colds that fell the rest of my little family.
Most people only plan a visit to their chiropractor when they are in pain, or after an accident or injury. Chiropractic doctors urge you to consider that preventative care is just as important as acute care, especially if you are looking for long-term wellness. Regular chiropractic care can improve your overall quality of life dramatically. When chiropractic adjustments are combined with counseling to help you develop better habits and live a healthier life, you have a recipe for long-term health and wellbeing.
It is not unusual to have degenerative changes in the spine that cause chronic or recurring back pain over time. Preventative care can stop these from ever developing.
There are many other benefits to chiropractic care. Many people, like me, report better sleep quality and especially longer, deeper sleep following adjustments. Many patients also report improvements in their digestive health, including increased bowel regularity, less indigestion and less heartburn. Research has shown that regular chiropractic care can benefit your immune system, helping you ward off coughs and colds. Another benefit of regular chiropractic care is reduced anxiety, as adjustments help calm your body’s response to stress.
Whether you seek preventative care to prevent future pain and health problems, prevent a relapse of an old problem, or simply improve your overall health, your chiropractor can help you reach your health goals. Spinal adjustments and exercise help your body stay at its best and enable your own natural healing abilities to shine. Remember, unlike your teeth, your spine cannot be replaced as you age - and it is a very delicate structure that is easily moved out of alignment.
Statistics have shown that only about one-third of spinal surgeries are considered “successful,” so preventative care for your spine makes good sense. A little preventative chiropractic care could keep you out of the surgeon’s office in the first place.
While preventative chiropractic care is probably the best way to ensure continued spinal health, there are also some steps you can take at home. These include maintaining a healthy diet and weight, avoiding prolonged inactivity or sitting in one position for too long, warming up and stretching before physical activities, maintaining proper posture, and wearing comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
Whether you want a stronger spine, to make better lifestyle decisions, or improve your daily or weekly exercise routine, preventative care is for you.