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Spring is a time when flowers bloom, sunlight returns, and warmer weather begins. Most of us have been inside for a few months - counting down the days until we can enjoy being outside again. This, however, means that our bodies may not perform at their fullest, which in turn could lead to injuries if we try to jump into workouts and other activities. It is a good idea to visit your chiropractor before spring is here, as this will help you relieve pain, have stronger joints and muscles, improve flexibility, lessen headaches and stomach-related issues, and more. Ensuring that your body is in top-notch condition will allow you to enjoy spring at its fullest and mitigate the risk of injuries.
Below are some of the most common spring activities:
- Exercising Outdoors
- Spring Cleaning
Chiropractic Care & Its Benefits
Some of the springtime activities listed above are more demanding than others, but regular visits to the chiropractor will help you perform them all at your best. Dynamic stretches and warm-up exercises before any workout goes without saying, but this is especially important during these times. Gentle post-workout stretches to cool down are also a must. You may want to consider adding stretching to your daily routine anyway, as this practice helps the muscles stay flexible, which is key to maintaining the range of motion in the joints to prevent damage and strains. Your chiropractor can recommend which stretches may be most beneficial for your body and exercise habits. Spinal manipulation along with proper exercise can help in treating lower back pain, as well as strengthen the back and abdominal muscles and increase joint flexibility. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of professional athletes maintain chiropractic care as part of their routine. Neck pain, especially during activities like gardening and spring cleaning, is likely to happen. A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients who regularly received cervical manipulation had increased their neck’s active range of motion, thereby decreasing neck pain, even at the 6 month follow-up.
Additionally, chiropractic care could also help during the allergy season. Allergies are our bodies’ own hyper reaction to a foreign trigger (like pollen) that our immune system perceives as “harmful,” even if it is not harmful to most people. Our system sends out mast cells, which release histamines and sends our body into a coughing and sneezing overdrive. Spinal manipulation and the right alignment of the vertebrae will allow for the immune system to function properly as the alveoli in the lungs can take in sufficient air, thus becoming less prone to an allergic reaction. Remember that a healthier nervous system means a healthier immune system, which means a better quality of life overall.
A Lifetime of Good Habits
About 85% of patients reported suffering from back pain that was severe enough for a doctor’s visit. Thankfully, chiropractic patients report that this practice has helped relieve both acute and chronic back pain, joint pain, and beyond. In addition, their health and habits have improved in different ways. This is because along with chiropractic care, your chiropractor can also advise you on a nutrition and exercise plan that is right for you. Chiropractic adjustments can remove blockages in the nervous system that may keep your muscles and joints tight and in pain. If left untreated, this could also lead to feeling tired and unmotivated. Chiropractic treatment is only one of many good habits for a life full of wellness. Once you take the first step and realize that you begin to feel better, you will find that you have more energy to enjoy a beautiful picnic with your friends and family, or take on any new springtime project in full bloom.
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