The arrival of National Chiropractic Health Month doesn’t just give doctors of chiropractic an occasion to pat themselves on the back. Every October, the American Chiropractic Association selects an important message for its members to promote to their patients and the public at large.
This year’s theme? “Keep Moving!”
These past several months have taught many Americans about the perils of prolonged inactivity, including weight gain, fatigue, achy joints, and even musculoskeletal conditions. Partaking in a healthy amount of physical activity every day can help to prevent all of these troubles, as well as achieve greater overall health and strengthen your positive outlook.
Regular activity is especially important to maintaining your ability to move about freely and easily. Scientific studies have shown that even a small amount of regular walking can protect against future mobility loss and that aerobic exercise can help prevent the decline of muscle mass and function well into old age.
But sometimes exercise alone isn’t enough to enjoy the greatest possible degree of mobility. Injuries, inflammation, and spine misalignment may all make it difficult to achieve your full range of motion. Fortunately, these are all conditions which chiropractic is uniquely qualified to treat. Here are the three biggest ways chiropractic care can help you keep moving!
Chiropractic Care Can Reduce or Eliminate Pain
We don’t have to spend too much time explaining this to anyone with a nervous system: Pain can make moving around uncomfortable or even unbearable! If you have a persistent ache in your neck or shoulder, your motivation to stay mobile may lose out to lying on the couch. Reduced physical activity isn’t the only reason why people who experience chronic pain suffer from several other comorbidities including depression and fatigue, but it may contribute to these conditions.
A doctor of chiropractic frequently utilizes spinal manipulation to return their patient’s body to its healthiest natural condition, in which it can best repair itself and function without pain. Chiropractors may also employ other techniques to reduce pain such as postural education and ergonomic training. All of these chiropractic services have been repeatedly demonstrated to reduce pain!
Chiropractic Care Can Restore or Improve Flexibility
Pain isn’t the only thing that can hold you back when you want to move. Inflexibility which may have resulted from an injury, repetitive stress, or simply old age can also reduce your range of motion until you no longer wish to take part in the physical activities you used to enjoy.
Chiropractic services include several techniques which treat the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves surrounding them – all with the purpose of improving flexibility. Alongside exercise, cervical alignment correction may noticeably improve the flexibility of the neck and shoulder muscles. And because chiropractic care may also make certain actions or activities no longer painful, patients often stop restricting their motion on their own accord, which in turn helps them develop the muscles they need for a fuller range of motion.
Chiropractic Care Can Improve Your Mood
When you feel blah, you typically want to mope around the house. But when you’re in a positive mood, light exercise like going for a walk, weeding the garden, or even straightening up your living room no longer seems unappealing! That’s why a good outlook is so important when you want to keep moving.
It is difficult to study exactly how doctors of chiropractic so often improve their patients’ moods. Chiropractic services that reduce pain and improve flexibility quite naturally make people happier as they get to enjoy greater comfort and higher levels of activity. But chiropractic may also reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, even if it only does so by treating another condition such as chronic headaches or elevated blood pressure.
Reduced pain, improved flexibility, and a better mood: Chiropractic medicine truly offers the ultimate three-punch combo when it comes to keeping you moving!
Dr. Blake and the rest of the Calhoun Spine & Wellness team aren’t just eager to help you keep moving during National Chiropractic Health Month. We’re always ready to help you enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with our wide selection of chiropractic, wellness, nutrition, fitness, and meditation services. If you’re ready to take the next step forward, then we welcome you to reach out to us today!