Basic Tips to Maintaining a Healthier Body
By Debra Rodzinak
Chiropractic is not just for relieving back pain. The ultimate goal of any chiropractic professional is to help restore the body to an optimal state of health. Regular chiropractic care is definitely one way to give the body a kick-start toward good health. Here is a list of ways to maintain a vibrant, healthy body.
- Regular Chiropractic Care – Holistic healthcare addresses a person’s overall health. One of the most effective treatments for pain in the neck, back, head, and other musculoskeletal problems is chiropractic care. Chiropractic care has also been shown helpful in reducing high blood pressure, ear infections in children, and asthma.
- Maintaining Good Posture – Stress on the spine along with constant muscle tension is a cause of poor posture. When the weight of the upper body is not supported by the spine, the back muscles take over which puts undue stress on the back causing pain and stiffness. Doing a simple exercise called the Wall Posture Exercise will help improve the posture. Stand with your back against a wall. Move your heels, shoulders, and head back until they touch the wall also. Step away from the wall while maintaining this posture.
- Reducing Stress – Decades of research has shown what most of us already know -- stress can have a negative effect on the body. Worrying about a job, family, or other obligations can put mental stress on a physical body. Too much stress can cause high blood pressure, insomnia, and even a heart attack! Relaxation is the key to reducing stress. Meditation, deep breathing, calming music, and hypnotherapy are all ways to reduce stress.
- Sleep on a Good Mattress – When a person fails to get enough sleep, many negative side effects can occur like fatigue, back problems, and even weight gain. Choose a mattress that you like with sufficient back support. If your current mattress sags in the middle, it may be time to replace it with a newer one.
Just like visiting your dentist to prevent tooth decay, a trip to The Joint can prevent a whole host of musculoskeletal problems and help with the normal wear and tear of everyday life. The benefits of adding regular chiropractic care, even for a short time, to your regular preventive healthcare list will help you move with more freedom, give you an overall feeling of well being, and keep you on track to a healthier life. Drop by one of The Joint’s convenient locations and talk to one of our experts about your personalized, affordable treatment plan.