Fall is a season colorfully filled with an assortment of school, sports, and social activities. October is National Chiropractic Health Month. The perfect way to start the season off is with a wellness program. Your chiropractor can assist you in devising a plan to improve your health and quality of life in numerous ways. Here are several key, health benefits of chiropractic care to consider this fall.
Oh, my stiff, aching _____.
Autumn’s pleasant weather beckons us outdoors. Vigorous activities: raking leaves, chopping wood, running a marathon, hiking or shooting baskets with the kids may result in sore, strained muscles.
Pain can also occur during non-strenuous movements. Have you ever bent over to pick something up and felt a sharp pain in your back or twisted your knee while getting out of the tub? A sudden, twisted joint can tear a ligament, resulting in a sprain.
People with misaligned joints and weak muscle tone are more prone to incur strains and sprains. If either injury occurs, seek a chiropractic evaluation. Your chiropractor can advise foods and natural supplements to reduce joint inflammation and relieve pain. To ease tight muscles, therapeutic massage may be part of the treatment plan. Chiropractic care is safe, natural, and just as effective in relieving back pain as ibuprofen, without the adverse side effects. Chiropractic not only assists in relieving pain, but identifies and corrects misalignments. Only a chiropractor is qualified to make any vertebral adjustments needed to restore proper nerve function, and to improve joint mobility and range of motion. Chiropractic helps your whole body heal naturally.
Fall Allergies – Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis)
Don’t let hay fever allergies spoil your outdoor fun this fall. Ragweed pollen causes sinus irritations in chronic sufferers until the first frost. Typical symptoms associated with hay fever are itchy, watering eyes and nose, and sneezing.
There are natural supplements and foods known to ease the symptoms, and hinder hay fever attacks from reoccurring. Your chiropractor may recommend consuming magnesium rich foods or taking supplements such as magnesium, CoQ10, Quercetin or vitamin B complex to build a natural resistance to allergies. Discuss these options with your doctor of chiropractic.
Seasonal allergies don’t have to be something that you live with for the rest of your life. It is important to understand that seasonal allergies are an indication that you have a weakened immune system. Though chiropractic care is not an allergy treatment, it assists your body in functioning optimally and thus, bolsters your natural, immune responses, strengthening its defenses against allergic reactions.
Posture Assessment and Correction
School is in session, and students are spending hours sitting at desks, and computers. When they aren’t in class, they may be slumped over a number of electronic devices. Maintaining proper posture whether sitting or standing is essential. Slouched posture, particularly, rounded shoulders and a forward head carriage place excessive strain on the neck, and an increased curve in the mid back. For every inch of forward head posture, an additional 10 pounds of pressure is put on your spine. Maintaining correct posture throughout the day is important, but it’s not enough to correct existing muscle imbalances or abnormal spinal curvatures.
Chiropractic specializes in posture assessment, posture enhancement and corrective spinal adjustments. You cannot have strong posture if you have misalignments in your spine. Most misaligned spinal joints don’t cause pain, so don’t wait until you are in pain to get a chiropractic evaluation. It is vital for everyone: babies, children, teens and adults to be evaluated regularly.
In addition to adjusting your spine, your chiropractor can give instruction on proper positioning of computer screens, chair heights, to enhance good posture and spinal health throughout the day. Texting devices should be held at eye level to avoid text neck. If work or school requires you to sit for long periods of time, take a break every hour and exercise. Your chiropractor can prescribe therapeutic exercises to stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak posture.