As we move into the middle of summer and get busy with packing all of our activities into the short window of good weather, we tend to forget to take care of our health. Wellness care in the chiropractic world can be defined in many ways, but at OHZ we describe it mostly as keeping your body working optimally and living life in your sweet spot. Wellness care in regard to your overall health is more about making proper decisions each day that ultimately better your health- good sleep, proper diet, taking supplements, exercise, etc.
Rather than focusing on pain or symptoms, a better way to look at how well you are doing are your activities of daily living. How flexible are you? Are you able to reach up and wash your hair? Grab the box on the upper shelf? Can you reach behind you to get dressed, take care of hygiene, or hold onto the hand of a toddler pulling you in many different directions? Are you able to squat down to look at something and get up? These types of activities are very important to take note of in regard to how well your body is actually functioning. This applies to your internal function as well- digestion, sleep, stress, detox, energy, and brain function can all have issues that affect your daily life and can be easily remedied with proper care and supplements.
When we start losing these basic abilities it is a sure sign that it’s time to come in for a chiropractic adjustment. Adjustments help restore and balance the nervous system, increase mobility, decrease inflammation, and support better function of your physiology. The basic rule to our bodies is that “form follows function”. When there is a loss of proper function, the body changes its form to compensate, such as arthritis, degeneration, poor posture, rotation of legs or arms, head tilts, chronic muscle tightness, etc. Getting consistent tune-ups with an adjustment supports a better functioning body and subsequently less change to your structure. It is the same concept as getting your oil changed on a regular basis to prevent damage to the engine; regular “tune-ups” help you maintain your freedoms and self-expression by supporting your overall health and mobility.
A fairly normal, healthy adult can maintain their function with treatments approximately 1-2 times per month. If you wait between visits and aren’t able to perform your daily activities, then it is recommended to come in more often to restore your function. The longer you go without keeping things well means the quicker the pain and other issues will start to arise. Pain is the final indicator of a functional issue that your body can no longer compensate for, so waiting for everything to hurt before taking care of the problem only leads to a larger issue that is much more difficult to take care of. If you or someone you know has been having functional issues between visits, or just hasn’t been evaluated and treated in a while, give us a call and we’ll help you live your life in your sweet spot.
Yours in health,