October is National Chiropractic Health Month

Chiropractic care (literally meaning, ‘practice by hand’) has been around for over a hundred years. Throughout that time the practice has continued grow and improve. The foundation of chiropractic is the philosophy that the body has innate healing power that can be stimulated by correcting misalignments in the joints and tissues, where the nerves travel throughout the body. The corrections, called adjustments, reduce stress on the system, restore proper nerve communication and allow the body to improve its healing processes. 

Not bad for a practice that us drug-free, non-invasive and very safe. As health care goes chiropractic is a very important part of maintaining overall health. Everyone from newborns to those of advanced age can safely receive and benefit from chiropractic care.  

Did you know there are over 200 chiropractic techniques? This means there is an approach for everyone. Some chiropractors use traditional thrusting adjustments to correct problems, some use instruments, and some apply muscle-work and use gentle movement to adjust the body. No two practices are alike. If you have never been to a chiropractor now is the time to start. If you have been adjusted and didn’t like the process, just like other medical care, seek out another doctor of chiropractic who uses different techniques that are better for your body.  

I like to think of chiropractic care as similar to dental care. Regular maintenance is not only important, it is often how problems are found and corrected before symptoms even appear. Nearly everyone has had a cavity discovered at a regular cleaning. And regular dental maintenance prevents gum disease. Similarly, regular chiropractic spinal care can prevent joint disease and imbalances that can create arthritis and restricted movement or pain. 

As we age it is important that we keep fit and maintain balance and strength. Chiropractic care is an integral part of that maintenance along with exercise, eating right and getting enough rest. It is never too early to get checked and adjusted, nor is it ever too late to start. Your wellness is worth the effort and so are you! 

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