It may seem strange, but a chiropractic doctor would generally love if your musculoskeletal system fully healed so you never needed to return to the clinic. As holistic practitioners, these doctors emphasize wellness and prevention, although they are ready to treat injuries and ailments when necessary.
Ask your chiropractor for strategies to keep your body in proper balance and your spine in proper alignment. But before you see him or her, you likely have some habits you need to break. Check out the things you can fix before you visit the chiropractor.
Your body thrives on a plentiful supply of water as well as nutrients in foods and beverages. Everything else you put in your body can cause stress on your system and extra work for your organs.
That doesn't mean you can never eat processed food again or consume an adult beverage on occasion. However, your chiropractor wants you to focus on fresh vegetables and fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and seafood and lean meats. Gradually replace boxed and frozen dinners and other processed food with these healthier items.
If you don't address your problematic posture, you're likely to need ongoing chiropractic sessions. Posture problems might include:
- hunching over a laptop computer for several hours a day
- slouching in your office chair
- frequently bending over a cell phone and texting
- standing and bending over a worktable for lengthy time frames
- walking in a manner that's stressful to your body because you wear uncomfortable shoes
Your Exercise Habits
It's safe to say that most people don't exercise as much as they should. That may apply to you. The body is designed for movement; a sedentary lifestyle can lead to musculoskeletal misalignment, as well as a broad range of health problems such as elevated blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
Make a commitment to exercise daily. Scheduling a set time to do so can be helpful. If you haven't been very active in a while, start with taking a brisk walk every day and gradually increase the distance you go. Then add other activities you would probably find enjoyable, such as biking, swimming or weightlifting.
Start making changes today for a healthier diet, better posture and more frequent exercise. When you have your appointment with your chiropractor, ask for specific techniques that can give your self-improvement efforts a substantial boost. You may be surprised at how much you feel with renewed energy and rejuvenation.