When was the last time you scheduled a spinal check-up with your chiropractor? If it’s been longer than a month, then you may want to give your chiro a call. Many people only see a chiropractor when they have back or neck pain, but the benefits of getting adjusted go far beyond pain relief. Chiropractic care helps keeps the spine aligned and the nervous system running smoothly.
Here are 5 reasons you should see your chiropractor today:
Did you know chiropractic adjustments are better than NSAIDs for pain reduction? In a 2013 study, spinal manipulation was found more effective than diclofenac (NSAID) and placebo for acute low back pain.1 Give your kidneys and gut a break from NSAIDs and try a natural alternative for pain management.
It’s important to have your spine checked after even the smallest fender-bender. Symptoms of whiplash have been observed in crashes as little as 5mph!2 Symptoms of whiplash typically don’t present until 24 hours to several weeks after an injury. For this reason, many people walk away from an accident and don’t seek treatment, or don’t think to attribute symptoms to whiplash. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, visual changes, fatigue, brain fog, or radiating pain and numbness into the arms or hands.
Following up with your chiropractor after an injury is crucial to regaining pre-injury status. When you sprain an ankle, for example, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is the standard protocol. What most people don’t do after that initial phase, is re-establish proper movement to the joint. When you sustain an injury, it’s common to lose mobility because you have quit using your body as you normally would. You may limp around at first due to pain and instability. You may even wear a brace for support. When your joints stop moving properly and lose mobility, they don’t communicate with the brain very well. This is important because your brain needs information from your joints to know where the body is in space. It uses feedback from your ankle to know where to place your foot when walking or running, for example. When this communication is interrupted, you become prone to clumsiness and more injuries. You know that teammate who always seems to have a sprained ankle? He/she could benefit from gentle adjustments to re-connect the brain and body. In our office, we also do balance and strength training to enforce communication.
With modern lifestyles comes poor posture. It’s near impossible to avoid at least some sitting for computer work or driving. Our spines are happiest when we lie down flat on our backs or stand upright. The pressure on our spines increases greatly when we sit and lean forward. This position loads our joints and intervertebral discs. When we spend extended periods of time in these flexed positions, our muscles become taut to assist the spine in carrying this extra pressure. Over time, our spines become fixed and inflexible. Adjustments help to restore and maintain healthy movement in the spine. This in turn signals your muscles to relax. In our office, we teach workplace ergonomics and implement postural stretches to counteract bad posture throughout your day.
Most people only think about chiropractors when they have back or neck pain. In reality, chiropractic care is best used for wellness and maintaining overall health. The nervous system is responsible for every function in and of your body. Because of the spine’s close relationship with the nervous system, maintaining movement is essential to your overall health. Just like you get regular teeth cleanings for dental hygiene, we recommend regular check ups for spinal hygiene. Because of its positive effect on the nervous system, chiropractic adjustments have been known to decrease stress, improve sleep, prevent injuries and degeneration, and often help normalize bodily functions such as digestion. When your spine is moving and communicating with the brain, your body feels and heals better.