I am a healthcare practitioner that specializes in movement, nutrition and wellness. My job is making people better. That’s a very subjective goal, but it’s a crucial goal for sure. Many people live their lives simply hoping they don’t encounter illness or disability. Many hope it won’t “get” them. I’m here to tell you, you can do more than hope.
In my practice I help people perform better. I also help people experience less pain. Some simply prefer to experience less pain and are happy with that much progress (it’s an easy progress indicator to gauge). I’ve often been heard saying the perfect time to see a Chiropractor is 1 day before you start to notice any symptoms (whether they be as obvious as pain, or as subtle as less quality sleep or digestion). This is a difficult goal – and in my opinion isn’t one we need to be concerned with. So why do I use that example then? Well…
Do we only eat well until we notice a change, and then stop and wait for the change to go away before eating well again? Do we only go to the dentist when the pain is so bad we can’t handle it, then wait until that happens again to return? How about learning piano or guitar – do we learn how to strum a couple chords and then stop, wait until we forget how, then re-learn, hoping to one day flawlessly perform “stairway to heaven”? Or do we KNOW that it takes more diligence, more work, and more awareness than that?
Then why do we treat our spines (and therefore our nervous system) that way? We go to the Chiropractor, and then don’t return until we’re in so much pain we can’t tie our own shoelaces. It’s time to take some initiative and improve our situation. It’s time to start taking the “moving well” out of eating, moving and thinking well a little more seriously. Being in the gym is one way to do that. Seeing a Chiropractor is the other. They do not replace each other and both are crucial.
I’ve read literature showing Chiropractic improves high jumping, judo athletes grip strength, blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, our ability to withstand mental stress, and obviously, our range of motion (and therefore how our body moves). It’s inspiring and frustrating (chiropractic controlled trials are hard to perform and therefore are hard to come across). Once you’ve read the literature and learned the physiological mechanisms for said changes, it makes sense.
This is how most perceive Chiropractic works:
This is what actually happens:
– Courtesy of James Chestnut DC CCWP
So, the effect goes from the joint, all the way up to the brain. It communicates and moves on to numerous other structures in the nervous system and eventually the body. So along with the improvement in how the joint is moving we experience lowered stress levels, improvements in heart health measurements (cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rate, vasodilation to the organs, etc.), a greater ability to learn (improved concentration), and tons of other benefits – all because your joints are moving the way they should be.
I’ve seen countless people come in grouchy, and leave far happier. I’ve seen that happen on the Chiropractic table and I’ve seen it happen after training in the gym. It comes from activating movement-pleasure pathways from the joints, to the brain. When you receive that message through exercise, it is far more “clear” if your spine has access to its’ full range of motion. Chiropractors (and some other manual therapists) are experts at providing you that range of motion. The frequency with which you can benefit from an adjustment could be as little as once a week (after an initial phase of care), or as infrequent as once every 6 weeks. Gauge your performance, your sleep, your digestion, your range of motion and even your mental clarity and mood – they’re all indications of your health status, and how your body is treating you. It takes some trial and error, but you’ll find a frequency that works well for you. For most living a fairly healthy lifestyle, this ends up being once every 2 weeks to once every 4 weeks.
For everything in life (and health) we live in a dynamic balance. When we get cold we shiver, when we’re warm we sweat, when exercise or stress demands it, we raise our blood pressure. Everything has a reason and everything has an effect. Our ability to accommodate and then recover from stressors best demonstrates our level of health. Chiropractic adjustments help us to address, and recover from the demands of our environment.
So as much as I love seeing people go from grimace to smile, I enjoy even more hearing that people are sleeping well, loving life and performing well at their hobbies. Take care of yourself. Eat well. Spend time with your loved ones. Exercise with purpose. And see your Chiropractor. Don’t live life from back twinge to back twinge – let me help you go from good to great – It would be my pleasure.
Dr. Adam Ball
BHSc MScACN DC NMC
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