We don’t often think about our health until something significant happens. This doesn’t have to be something extreme or drastic; it can even be a new or acute pain that begins to interfere with our daily lives, or that hits us out of the blue.
We are busier than ever, often juggling more than one job, raising children, caring for family members and trying to keep up with the demands of daily life, meaning that taking care of ourselves can easily fall by the wayside.
What does health mean to you?
A lot of people find this hard to answer, but it is an important question to ask yourself. Once you know the answer to this, you can focus in on what is important to you and you can start making small achievable steps towards it.
What are some preventative things that I can do for my health?
We all know it’s important to eat well, get a good amount of sleep, exercise and so on, but there are other things that can be utilized for overall health and wellness. In this blog we will outline the benefits of chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy when it comes to maintaining our health.
Chiropractic can prevent and slow down the degeneration of our joints. Joint degeneration is something that affects all of us, especially as we age. Accidents and injury also accelerate the degeneration process.
Joints in our spines can become "stuck" or "out of alignment" leading to dysfunction. Any dysfunction in the joint speeds up degeneration as the joint is not able to move properly. This causes nerve irritation, leading to pain, shooting pains, pins and needles and other numbness/tingling.
Final thoughts about Chiropractic
Chiropractic allows our nervous system to function optimally and given that our nervous system is the “fuse box” to our body, it plays a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing. The same way our cars need regular maintenance, so do our spine and joints to prevent things from “breaking down”.
For children who have fragile nervous systems, it can be extremely beneficial for them to be adjusted too. When their nervous system is agitated it can cause symptoms such as colic and digestive issues, sleep issues and more. For more information about children and chiropractic, check out our previous blog here: https://www.pathwaystohope.ca/post/children-and-chiropractic-care
People typically seek out physiotherapy after a significant injury, or after multiple smaller injuries that they have tried to treat at home with pain medications, stretching and ice and/or heat. Whilst physiotherapists are trained to help with rehabilitation after injury, they can also help you maintain proper function of your joints through exercises, and hands on muscle treatments.
Final thoughts about physiotherapy
Minor injuries that are ignored can lead to issues with your joints and muscular health, so it’s good to seek the advice of a physiotherapist if you are concerned about your overall joint and muscle health.
We all hold our stress somewhere; many of us find our neck and shoulders tensing up after prolonged periods of stress. If we don’t address that tension and find a way for it to be released from our muscles, we can end up in a significant amount of pain. Tension that is held in our neck and shoulders can also lead to headaches that interfere with our ability to function in everyday life.
Final thoughts about massage therapy
Massage therapy is beneficial for helping with general muscle tension, it also improves blood flow which helps us to heal quicker if we are injured. Another benefit to regular massage therapy sessions is that it helps our muscles to be more limber, which can make us less prone to injury.
Utilizing care from any of the above mentioned practitioners, does not guarantee that you won’t have health issues or injuries, but it will allow your body to work as optimally as possible and will help you recover quicker if you do find yourself experiencing pain and dysfunction.
If you have questions about any of the services mentioned above, feel free to reach out to us and book a free consultation!
This article is not considered to be complete and does not replace seeking the advice of a trained medical or healthcare professional.