As we ramp up into the busy season of modern life, our health will often take a back seat amidst our daily priorities. We start to get more stressed, busy with work and social engagements which consequently allows issues to slowly build up. This can lead to unwanted injuries and pain. Prioritizing your health can be difficult but here is your reminder to do so!
Remember that pain is not a good guide into what is actually happening in your body. Think about a visit to the dentist. You go in for regular check ups to see the state of your teeth and have them cleaned. Some times they will find a cavity even though you don't have the corresponding pain or symptoms. This is what true preventative care looks like - addressing a problem or issue before it becomes overwhelming on the body or nervous system.
Embracing and utilizing regular chiropractic care can be a transformative step towards overall well-being and health. In this post, we will delve into the profound importance of regular chiropractic care, supported by some of the evidence available to shed light on its holistic benefits.
Chiropractic care in general focuses on the relationship between the spine, the nervous system and the rest of the body. The function of your spine, or lack thereof, can influence many different aspects of your life. The body has an amazing ability to adapt, regulate and heal itself. With the proper diagnosis and understanding of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, chiropractors can help patients recover from pain or injury but also improve function and optimize health and performance.
Some of the research supported benefits include:
1. Pain Management
Multiple studies have show that chiropractic care can significantly reduce chronic pain, especially in the lower back and neck. Patients report decreased pain levels and improved quality of life after regular chiropractic sessions. It is important to be proactive with our health and not wait until pain becomes unbearable or incapacitating before seeking out care.
2. Improved Overall Mobility
Chiropractic adjustments enhance joint mobility in the spine and promote better ranges of motion. Research conducted at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health showed that chiropractic treatments are an effective way to manage conditions like osteoarthritis (arthritis) enhancing the mobility of affected joints.
3. Stress Reduction
Chiropractic care can also help with mental well-being. Some preliminary research from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine demonstrated that chiropractic care can reduce stress hormones, promote relaxation and improve overall mood. When you're in less pain and moving better it can make you feel better overall.
Overall, when your aches and pains are gone you're going to feel better, have more energy, engage in your relationships better and live a happier life. For myself, as an active Crossfitter, hiker, and dog walker, I want my body to feel good and move well. Although I'm not perfect with taking care of my body, I always look at things in the manner of balancing things I am doing that have a positive impact on my body versus things that have a negative impact on my body. I always want the positive to outweigh the negative so my health doesn't decline over time.
Health and wellbeing is a long game. Each day you will make choices that will impact your health and your body in the future. Make sure you are on the side of doing more good things for your body so you live a long and happy life!
Dr. Alfredo is a health enthusiast who’s goal is to help people and families live healthier, happier lives. My philosophy on health is simple - our body’s have the amazing ability and potential to self-adapt, self-regulate and THRIVE in this world.