How To Spend Less On Upper Cervical Care And Chiropractic Care
Editors note: Today's post comes straight from our good friend Dr. Adam Tanase. We are also big advocates of doing the right things so that you do not have to come in and get adjusted anymore often than you choose to. Also to the list below of what to do I would also include looking into Foundation Training (Dr. Tanase also mentions it in the stretching section) it is a great workout and I have seen it make big improvements in patients' spinal health.
I might be a chiropractor, but I’m also a chiropractic patient… And the notion of having to get adjusted every week (or every month for that matter), really irks me. It’s time-consuming and costly when you have to get adjusted that often.
Fortunately there are things we can do, and not do, to reduce the need for frequent/excessive adjustments. I call it spine management. So if you’re interested in decreasing the number of trips you make to the chiropractor’s office, while increasing your overall quality of life in the process, take these tips into consideration.
Activities and behaviors that stress, strain, or wear down the spine in an untimely manner can be considered “bad” spine management.
Neglecting your spine by not getting periodic chiropractic checkups
These habits and behavior patterns can also trigger symptomatic flare-ups and relapses. In other words, just when you’re starting to feel like things are getting back to normal, your pain comes back with a vengeance.
Here’s what you can do to help prevent that from happening:
Examples of Good Spine Management
Periodic chiropractic checkups – Seasonal checkups are my personal recommendation for patients who practice good spine management. This helps insure your body doesn’t remain misaligned or unbalanced for too long.
Stretch regularly - Consider how inflexible most elderly people are… how do you think they got that way?Muscles abide by the “use it or lose it” principle. Avoid this fate by isolating key muscle groups and giving them a good daily stretch (I’m a big fan of the Foundation stretches to prevent recurring low back pain).
Proper hydration - What happens if you don’t water a plant regularly? It wilts. The same withering effect occurs internally with every organ, muscle, and tissue in your body. Your spine and its supportive structures work best when they’re hydrated.
Daily exercise - In addition to walking at least a mile per day (after dinner is great), join a gym and treat different muscles to a daily workout. Chest, back, legs, and core are the most important. BodyRock.TVoffers dozens of great free workout plans.
Supportive sleep environment - Your bed and pillow should both help keep your body in natural alignment. Dated and flimsy mattresses stress your hips, pelvis, and back, which inevitably lead to chronic pain. Buy a quality pillow that keeps your head level, and use a good mattress that firmly (yet comfortably) prevents your spine from dipping or sagging while you sleep.
Be mindful of your posture - This applies to whatever you’re doing, whether you’re at work, home, in the car, at the gym, or simply standing up. So sit up straight! Good posture has benefits; poor posture has consequences.
The bottom line is this… patients who practice good spine management get the best results with chiropractic care, and spend the least amount of money in the process.