Did you know that August is National Wellness Month (#WellnessMonth)? It is a month to focus on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others!
Making small changes repeated daily can add up to big changes to your health and stress levels. Some ideas on small changes to make:
- Drink an extra glass of water
- Add a fruit or vegetable to at least one meal a day to replace a sugary item
- Turn off the screens 30 minutes earlier to help promote better sleep
- Join a yoga, walking, or aerobics class.
- Set up a regular schedule to get a checkup at your chiropractor
Did you know there are two types of Chiropractors?
One type is a limited scope practitioner. This type of chiropractor chooses to limit their practice to back and neck pain. The other type of chiropractor, like Hunt Spinal Care, is a wellness chiropractor. Our goal is to help you feel better by getting to the underlying cause and showing you ways to stop recreating problems, so you can experience optimal health for your lifetime!
What is the Chiropractic Premise?
Your nervous system, consisting of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, controls and coordinates every single function in your body and brain. In fact, there are over 200,000 nerve impulses per second, that travel from your brain, down your spinal cord, through the nerves, to and from every cell of your body. Without your thinking about it at all, your hair grows, your heart beats, you digest your food, you breathe through your lungs, you experience all your emotions, and even think your thoughts, while your central nervous system controls and coordinates all these functions. You literally live your life through your nervous system. Every function in your body and all your senses are completely dependent on your nervous system.
Chiropractic Premise #2
When your nerve energy flows abundantly, without obstruction, your body and brain are 100% self-communicating, self-healing, self-regulating and robust. Sell-communicating means that your brain and body communicate with each other without your even thinking about it! When you cut your arm, you’re the one who heals you, not the salve that you put on the cut, or the stitches you may receive. That’s self-healing! Self-regulating means this process is automatic. For example, your resting heart rate is 72 beats per minute. When you go for a run, your heart rate goes way up, but when you rest again, it settles back to 72 beats per minute. That’s self-regulating! Robust means vital and energized! So, in its normal state, your body is self-healing, self-regulating and robust.
Chiropractic Premise #3
When your body experiences any type of nerve interference or damage (subluxation), this interrupts normal nerve flow, similar to static on your cell phone, and you are no longer functioning at 100%. As a result, your health and vitality are compromised and your body is no longer 100% self-healing, self-regulating or robust.
Chiropractic Premise #4
Your body can handle a heavy load of the three major types of stress – physical, mental-emotional, and chemical. But when you have more stress than your body can handle, you can no longer adapt to the environment, causing nerve interference in your body (subluxation), which can cause all kinds of health problems.
Chiropractic Premise #5
Left uncorrected, subluxations have devastating effects upon your health and well-being, leading to breakdown, malfunction, and dis-ease.
Chiropractic Premise #6
Our goal is to locate subluxations and remove them and their causes, allowing your body to heal itself on every level.
Chiropractic Premise #7
Only chiropractors can determine if you have subluxations.
Understanding Stress and Subluxations
Let’s look further at how stress causes subluxations.
You may experience Physical Stress, for example, when you lift heavy things, are involved in a motor vehicle accident, step off a curb the wrong way, sit at your computer for too long, don’t exercise enough or exercise improperly or are involved in sports activities.
Chemical Stress comes from the foods you eat, the water you drink and the air you breathe, which are full of chemicals, pollutants, toxins, preservatives, sugar, caffeine and too much salt and fat. And let’s not forget to mention the alcohol you drink and the prescription and non-prescription drugs you may take.
Finally, there’s Mental-Emotional Stress, which includes the gradual buildup of pressure and anxiety from childhood, school, work, relationships and deadlines to name a few.
Can subluxations that you don’t know about hurt you?
It’s important to know, that you may have subluxations, and not even know that you have them. A common misunderstanding is that you are healthy when you have no symptoms. But have you ever known someone who felt fine, and then suddenly, they had a heart attack or discovered they had diabetes or even cancer? The truth is, that person was sick for a long time before they had any symptoms, and in some cases, the first symptom was death.
Our goal is not only to help you become healthy now, but to also help you stay healthy for a lifetime. For more information on how chiropractors can help you reduce stress and remove subluxations, contact us today.
A gentle approach with powerful results!