When new patients first visit a chiropractor, there’s often some inciting incident that caused them to seek care in the first place. Perhaps they experience frequent migraines, or they threw out their back while working outdoors, or they suffer from a stiff neck after a car accident. Chiropractic is equipped to assist in the treatment and recovery of all these ailments and more.
But this only describes the prescriptive side of chiropractic. There’s more to gain from our practice than healing of pre-existing injuries. Chiropractic can actually help prevent further injury, making your body more resilient. In fact, many of the exercises and therapies that chiropractors recommend are designed with overall strength and wellness in mind. See below for four different ways that chiropractic can help prevent injury.
1. Improved Posture
One of the major focuses of chiropractic is improving posture. The natural curvature of your spine can easily degrade, and your back may become more hunched, especially if you spend the majority of your time sitting. But chiropractic can easily correct the issue and recommend ways of maintaining alignment throughout your day. Good posture is the basis of proper body mechanics, which minimizes your risk of injury.
2. Subluxation Correction
Spinal subluxation occurs when a vertebra is shifted out of alignment with the spine. This often leads to pinched nerves and decreased bodily function. When your body has to work to compensate for the lack of full functionality in any one area, it typically puts your body at risk of strain or serious injury. Chiropractic adjustment is the best way to address subluxations.
3. Muscle Strengthening & Stability
Chiropractors don’t just focus on the spine. They also advise patients when it comes to strengthening and stabilizing your major muscle groups. Correcting subluxation is a big part of this process, as this allows patients to regain full control of their muscles. But regular exercise is also important to increase stability, especially in your core. Ask your chiropractor how you can prevent injury with a personalized exercise routine.
4. Flexibility & Range of Motion
Stretching your muscles allows them a chance to warm up before heavy use. By increasing your range of motion, you decrease your chances of injury by overextension. This is especially significant for athletes and people who live an active lifestyle.
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