Chiropractic Care: Moving Towards Your Best Health and Lifestyle.
Chiropractic Care revolves around the principle that the relationship and level of communication between brain and body is sustained and maintained by your nervous system and thus protected by your spine. Therefore, the way in which your spine moves impacts not only your structure but also impacts on your overall function and thus your health. By reducing the level of interference or maintaining your best spinal health and movements you give your body the best opportunity to sustain and maintain healthy movement and spinal health.
The spine acts not only to protect your spinal cord and nerve roots but provide support and balance to maintain an erect posture. Without it we would float around with an increased susceptibility to injury and reduced motor control. So what do we mean by motor control. Motor control refers to your ability to perform your desired movement within your environment at any given time. Therefore, at times a minor injury to the spine or damage of muscles surround the spine can have significantly damaging effects to one’s body, balance and their performance.
A study conducted by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) reveals that spinal manipulation or mobilization is an effective treatment for adults with acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain, migraine, and cervicogenic headache and dizziness. Thoracic manipulation also offers healing benefits to people with acute or subacute neck pain, and even shoulder pain. It also proves to be an effective treatment for several extremity joint conditions and dysfunctions such as shoulder dysfunction.
A study published in Spine Journal, evaluated how Chiropractic care effected people experiencing back related pain or sciatica, a condition in which a pinched nerve in the lower spine causes leg pain. The study involved 192 people. The study care was rated worthwhile by 87 percent of the participants, whom experienced clinically significant changes in movement as a result of their chiropractic Care.
Another study published in the British Medical Journal in 2003 evaluated 183 patients with neck pain who were randomly assigned to receive treatment that involved spinal manipulations, physiotherapy (mainly exercise) and care from a general practitioner, which involved education and prescription drugs. The people in the study kept cost diaries for one year following. The study found that manual therapy was more effective and less costly than both physiotherapy or care by a general practitioner.
When supplementing your spinal adjustments with other soft tissue techniques and exercises, we provide your body with the best opportunity to function optimally. Maintenance care also prevents minor injuries from becoming permanent and allows for improved posture, enhanced function, reduced tension, better endurance, increased range of movement and athletic performance.
At LiveWell Family Chiropractic we stress that regular adjustments can help ensure the continued health of your musculoskeletal system so you can engage in the activities you love. Long-term care also helps you avoid future aches and pains, as your Chiropractor can detect and correct minor misalignments before they become symptomatic.
Whilst Chiropractic adjustments will help maintain and promote healthy spinal movements a holistic approach involving rehabilitative exercises and soft tissue therapies, as well as dietary and lifestyle modifications will move you towards a life of wellness and vitality.