Achieve Wellness with the Activator Method
Many think health is merely the absence of pain or symptoms. Today, more and more people are interested in a higher level of health, also known as wellness. Beyond simply feeling better or preventing health problems, most want to fully enjoy life by being at our very best mentally, physically and socially. True health is only possible with an optimally functioning nervous system.
Chiropractic care is crucial, even when you’re not in pain.
A wellness approach to better health means adopting a variety of healthy habits for optimum function on all levels: physical, mental, social and spiritual.
With a focus on the nervous system, chiropractic care can be an important part of a wellness lifestyle. The nervous system controls the function of virtually every aspect of our lives. Maintaining a properly functioning nervous system is essential if you want to be your very best.
Few things as complicated as your body can be “fixed” and then ignored. That’s why your chiropractic doctor may recommend a schedule of regular chiropractic checkups. Like maintaining your teeth, your car, your family, or your faith, maintaining the integrity of your nervous system requires an ongoing investment.
Good nutrition, exercise, chiropractic care, and other preventive measures are part of a wellness lifestyle.
Those who want to be their very best add regular chiropractic care to their other health practices. The pleasant result is often more vitality, endurance and the capacity to enjoy life to its fullest.
Back Pain Causes Loss of Work and Suffering
Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day. Many factors can be responsible for low back pain, including improper sitting or lifting, overexertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities.
Chiropractic doctors often consult with neurologists, radiologists and orthopedic specialists when designing care programs for patients with disc involvement. Chiropractic care is safer and more effective than surgery.
Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking Magnetic Resonance Imaging “fingers” at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated and inflamed. Surgical treatment often involves removing these facet joints, exposing the spinal cord. Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. The result is often numbness, tingling or pain down the leg. Cutting away the bulging disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and cushion the adjacent bones. This rarely addresses the underlying structural cause(s) of the problem.
The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery.
Find out if your low back pain is a chiropractic case and enjoy the positive results that millions of patients have discovered. Chiropractic care is safer and often more effective than back surgery.
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Help your neck do it’s job With Proper Care
Is it hard to look over your shoulder? Is there a constant pulling or throbbing pain in your neck? Do you notice a “grinding” sound as you turn your head? Chiropractic care can offer neck pain relief by treating the cause of the pain. Contact a chiropractor for a thorough history and examination.
Neck pain is a common health complaint. It has to balance and support the equivalent of a 10-13-pound bowling ball!
Treat the Symptoms or the Cause?
A popular response to neck pain is taking drugs to cover up the problem (aspirin, analgesics, pain pills) or treating its symptoms (muscle relaxers, massage, hot packs), but neck pain isn’t caused by a lack of aspirin or drugs.
The chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate the underlying cause. This begins with a complete case history and thorough examination. Special attention is given to the structure and function of the spine and its affect on the nervous system.
Is the proper spinal curve present? Are the nerve openings between each pair of spinal bones free and clear? Is the head balanced? Are the shoulders level? These and other considerations are used to create a plan of specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve the motion and position of spinal vertebrae.
With improved structure and function, neck pain often diminishes or totally disappears – without addictive drugs or harmful side effects.
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients who received chiropractic care reported significant improvement in their neck function and a reduction in their neck pain, whereas those taking painkillers did not.
Occupants Often Suffer More Than the Car
Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the head and spine can be stretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.
Even though the car may have received little damage, occupants can suffer serious spinal injuries.
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle. Worn too long, a cervical collar can further weaken supportive muscles and actually lengthen recovery time!
The Tragic Result of Collisions
The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later.
The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help normalize spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.
Consult a chiropractor before depending upon addictive pain medication, enduring constant headaches or submitting to surgery.