The start of a new year is a good time to make changes. Though New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, they’re also easy to break. Why? Because people have a tendency to create unrealistic goals.
If your 2022 health goals include more exercise, less stress, and general sense of well-being, then chiropractic care can help you stay on track. At Today’s Chiropractic Clinic in Des Moines, Washington, Dr. Charles Laycock and our team focus on giving you the tools and the support you need for better health.
Here, we share with you how chiropractic care can help you reach your 2022 health goals.
Your spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae. The structure of your spine supports your ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, and twist your upper body.
The bones that make up your spine also protect your spinal cord and serve as an exit for the nerves that travel to all the other parts of your body. These nerves, known as the peripheral nerves, are the communication system between your body and the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord.
You may not think too much about how your spine helps you get around all day, but sitting, standing, walking, bending, and twisting stress the structure of your spine, leading to misalignment.
Spinal misalignments may irritate or compress the nerves as they exit your spine, impairing the communication system. Though pain is a common symptom of spine problems, this misalignment may affect any body system.
One of the primary chiropractic care therapies we use to improve health and well-being is spinal correction. We use state-of-the-art techniques to restore spinal alignment and communication between your central and peripheral nervous system.
Once we correct the alignment of your spine, we teach you specific stretches and exercises that strengthen the supportive muscles, keeping your spine and body in balance. Nothing sets the new year off better than your body being in balance.
Making exercise a priority is a commendable 2022 health goal, but muscle pain or an unexpected injury may hinder your efforts.
Chiropractic care can help you reach your physical fitness goals with less pain and risk of injury. Our chiropractic adjustments not only focus on your spine, but also your joints.
We use hands-on techniques to assess joint health and mobility and use manual therapy to improve joint alignment and function.
Improving spine and joint alignment enhances mobility and flexibility and evenly distributes the physical stress placed on your body during exercise, reducing your risk of an overuse injury.
Chiropractic care also benefits your general sense of well-being. Preliminary research shows that spinal manipulation positively influences your body’s biochemistry, increasing chemicals, hormones, and other substances that make you feel good.
For example, spinal correction may increase neurotensin levels. Neurotensin is a small chain of amino acids — a peptide — that plays a role in pain control, sleep, and appetite.
Oxytocin levels also increase after spinal manipulation. Oxytocin is a hormone that eases stress and improves your general sense of well-being.
But chiropractic care is more than just spinal adjustments. We also provide massage therapy, help with nutrition, and lifestyle advice to support the changes you need to make to reach and keep your 2022 health goals.
Making your health a priority is an admirable goal for 2022, but there’s no need to go about it all on your own. Let us help you reach your health goals. Call our office or make your appointment request online today.