Although the notion of preventative medicine – tactics to maintain the body in a similar manner to keeping a car running smoothly – has become more commonly understood, most people don’t make chiropractic appointments until they experience acute damage or develop discomfort. However, “the fact remains that preventative chiropractic care is just as important as acute care,” explains Dr. Wendy Cunningham in Idaho’s Coeur d’ Alene Press, “especially if you are looking for long-term results.”

How preventative chiropractic underscores a healthy lifestyle

The report by Dr. Cunningham, published just a few days ago on January 28, argues that preventative chiropractic care allows patients to optimize their wellness. Preventative measures include periodic spinal manipulations and advising, both intended to help those who want to bolster their health so that they are less likely to develop neural or musculoskeletal disorders accompanied by chronic pain.

Benefits: strong back, sleep, and digestion

Many patients experience degeneration in the bones and supporting muscles of their spine, leading to persistent or intermittent chronic pain. Studies have repeatedly proven that getting periodic adjustments can reduce the likelihood of degeneration.

The positive effects of periodic chiropractic care extend far beyond the back itself, though. Sleep disturbances have been reduced in study participants, allowing them to sleep longer without awakening. Many people who receive preventative adjustments experience healthier digestion; and researchers have demonstrated that adjustments bolster the brain and spinal cord, in turn strengthening the immune response. Spinal manipulation also tends to alleviate anxiety by calming the body and mitigating stress.

Why choose prevention

Preventative chiropractic can both prevent future development of pain and avoid reinjury by activating the body’s natural healing capacity.

The health of the spine is particularly critical, explains Dr. Cunningham: “Your spine is a very important, delicate structure, and unlike teeth, it is not replaceable.” Furthermore, traditional medicine has proven incredibly flawed in the area of spinal surgery, with approximately two out of every three operations unsuccessful (per Cunningham).

The big picture

Preventative chiropractic is most effective when coupled with DIY strategies at home: nutritious eating and weight loss; staying active and on your feet; stretching prior to workouts; postural awareness; and the use of flat or low-heeled footwear.

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