Low back pain, neck pain and headaches are the most common culprits that make people seek chiropractic care. This is not surprising as piling amounts of studies and research are strongly suggesting that regular chiropractic care delivers unparalleled results in terms of pain relief. What's more astonishing is that, chiropractic has been found to be more effective than conventional medical treatments such as medications and steroid injections!
But did you know that chiropractic can offer you so much more than just pain relief?
Anyone with a functioning spine and nervous system can tremendously benefit from regular chiropractic care. Below are the top 3 unexpected reasons why you should see a chiropractor, regardless of your pain and symptoms.
1. Sedentary Jobs and Lifestyle
Increasing number of jobs have forced us to be desk-bound. Computers, tablets and smartphones have made humans much more efficient but at the same time, made us to be less physically active. We as a species are designed to be in motion, but all we do is sit.
Global studies show, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day. Some studies went on further to reveal that people may sit up to 15 hours a day! These numbers are global. It affects all countries and regions, children to adults which exposes many people to certain health risks.
The chances are, you sit down a lot too. A seated position puts tremendous pressure on the spine, especially if you don't practice proper ergonomics and posture. If you live a sedentary lifestyle or your work forces you to sit for long hours, find out how it may be affecting your health below.
No one gets injured the real way anymore. One of the most common ways people become injured and "blow their discs" are from sitting for prolonged times or picking something up off the floor.
Sedentary lifestyles and sitting long hours puts tremendous pressure on our discs. Intervertebral discs primarily function as shock absorbers and they are crucial to evenly distribute the load on our bodies. With sedentary lifestyle, our discs become worn out and may develop into bulging discs. This may eventually cause signs and symptoms of sciatica, neck pain and low back pain.
Use it or Lose it
Your spine is made out of 24 different bones, all different shapes and sizes but just like your elbows and knees, they are joints too!
Ever heard the common saying, "Use it or lose it?" If you live a sedentary lifestyle, the joints of your spine will stop moving properly thus causing fixation, misalignment and premature degeneration of the spine. More and more studies are showing that even our kids and teenagers are suffering from spinal misalignments and premature degeneration due to their sedentary lifestyles.
Sitting is the New Smoking
Sitting simply wrecks your body. Studies show that sitting 6 or more hours per day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3. Sitting makes you fat, sitting shuts down key metabolic activities and processes, and makes you more susceptible to chronic and terminal illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. See the infographic here.
2. History of Slips, Falls and auto-accidents
Subluxation is a misalignment of one or more of the 24 vertebrae of the spine that cause nerve compression. Chiropractors are the only licensed health care practitioners that are capable of detecting, analysing and removing subluxations without the use of drugs or medications. Second to poor posture, one of the most common reasons of spinal misalignments (subluxations) are histories of slips, falls and motor vehicle accidents.
You might be wondering, "how does this affect me? I've never been involved in any major accidents in life."
But did you know that kids and toddlers on average fall 104 times a day!
And did you know that even the most seemingly harmless car accidents can cause brain and spinal damage and lead to long-term health issues?
Your body is constantly bombarded with external forces. When was the last time you had your spine checked? Without any apparent pains and aches, subluxations can rob you from achieving your optimal health and expressing your full potential.
3. Athletes and performance
Chiropractors are widely accepted and regarded as one of the most important mentors and contributors for world class athletes. It's not just because athletes are more prone to injuries, but it's because world class athletes understand that regular chiropractic care can optimise their performance and give them that cutting-edge advantage over their competitors.
A good example is Jordan Speith, a twenty-one-year-old golf phenomenon who won his 2nd major golf tournament (2015 U.S. Open golf tournament). After winning the Master's tournament in April, Jordan thanked the four most important members of his team in his victory speech: his swing coach, trainer, caddie and chiropractor.
Chiropractic adjustments remove nerve interference in our bodies. Subsequently, it has been proven to improve concentration, clarity, hand-eye coordination reflexes, muscle strength and recovery.
It's not just Jordan Speith! Other countless world-class performers have benefited from optimising their nervous system through chiropractic care. This includes the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt, Jerry Rice and Babe Ruth.
It's true that chiropractic delivers unparalleled results in pain relief. But chiropractic offers so much more!
I believe that we were born to be more than who we are now. If you want to be the best person that you can ever be, you need to commit yourself to regular chiropractic care.
Pain relief is just the beginning.
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