Preventative Spine Care - Chiropractic Services
Most of us take for granted how well our bodies work until something goes wrong. In particular, most of us don't appreciate the amazing functions of our spine until a back injury makes everything painful. The spine consists of vertebrae (bones) that have cartilage (discs) in between for cushioning and support. As long as the vertebrae and cartilage are in place, you can twist, bend, and move with oxygen and nutrients easily replenished. However, daily wear and tear, repeated minor traumas, and serious injuries to the spine can decrease your movement and blood supply until you begin to feel pain in your back that radiates to the rest of your body. Preventative spine care at Global Chiropractic in Allen and Plano, TX takes a proactive approach to the health of your back by scheduling routine adjustments on a regular basis to keep your spine from getting too fat out of line. Dr. Michael Wojnicki & Dr. Melissa Shelton encourages residents to start with preventative spine care before they have problems so they won't have to suffer through the pain and limited mobility caused by back injuries. In addition to regular adjustments, Dr. Wojnicki & Dr. Shelton provide exercises to strengthen the spine and practical advice for avoiding back injuries.
ABOUT THE TREATMENT
Treatments vary, but for preventative care patients typically visit our chiropractor once a month or so to maintain spine integrity. However, some patients come just a couple times a year, while others visit more frequently if they require additional care. During your initial assessment we will be able to educate you on practical lifestyle modifications and preventative programs that will improve the strength of your spine. Typically, the maintenance programs consist of exercises and diet modifications that can be performed at home. Exercises such as low-impact aerobics, such as walking and bicycling give the spine and neck a nice workout that’s not too harsh on your body. In addition, performing light weight training or yoga, increasing your water intake, and improving other aspects of nutritional health will help keep the bones strong and healthy.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect the chiropractor to have a comprehensive consultation to discuss your health and spine condition. Your chiropractor may also recommend some exercises and lifestyle modification to assist in routine care of your spine and overall health. Preventative care is all about taking routine action to maintain a healthy spine. Once a month visits is all it takes to loosen up any tension and minor misalignments in the spine and neck. This kind of care is truly at the discretion of the patient, but has low risk and high reward for what it can do for your body. List of common exercises:
- Stair stepper
- Core exercises
TIPS TO REMEMBER
Practical tips to maintain a healthy spine:
- Incorporate daily exercise
- Stretch on a daily basis
- Maintain proper posture
- Lift with your core, not your back
- Adhere to a healthy diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Visit your chiropractor on a routine basis to get a spinal health check
- Treat yourself to a chiropractic adjustment or therapeutic message when feeling soreness, aches, and pains
KEEP YOUR SPINE HEALTHY
Preventative care can strengthen your body and save you money because it reduces serious injury. If you are concerned about the integrity of your spine or are interested in routine preventative care, please call or visit our office and we’d be happy to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.