Keep Moving During National Chiropractic Health Month

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How to Celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month

National Chiropractic Health Month in October is the perfect time to reflect on the way chiropractic care improves your life. Not sure how to observe this important month? Try a few of these suggestions.

Keep Moving

Stiff joints and tight muscles are more likely to be a problem if you don't get enough exercise or spend too much time sitting. Fortunately, increasing your activity level is a simple way to avoid pain and stiffness. In fact, movement is so important that the American Chiropractic Association has made "Keep Moving" its theme for this year's National Chiropractic Health Month.

Synovial fluid surrounding your joints decreases friction when you move a joint, helping it move easily. The more you move, the more fluid circulates around your joints. Movement also helps nutrients reach your joints and muscles, reduces muscle stiffness and spasms, and makes it easier for your body to remove old, damaged cells from your joints.

Regular exercise keeps your bones strong and strengthens the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support your joints. Although exercising in the gym is an excellent way to increase your activity level, you don't need to participate in a formal workout program to enjoy the benefits of moving more. Walking, riding your bike, dancing, and gardening will keep your joints limber and strong.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

According to the National Safety Council, the way you lift boxes and other heavy objects may increase your risk of a back injury, the second most common workplace injury. Poor lifting techniques stress the joints and muscles in your back, causing mild to severe pain.

Prevent lifting injuries by following these steps when lifting:

  • Bend your legs and keep your back straight when you lower your body to lift an object.
  • Keep the object close to your body when lifting.
  • Don't twist your spine while carrying something heavy.
  • Bend your knees and slowly lower the object when you're ready to put it down.

Even if you follow safe lifting techniques, you can still hurt your back if you lift something too heavy. Pick up a corner of the box or object first if you're unsure of the weight. If the object feels very heavy, ask for help.

Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating healthy foods lowers your risk of developing serious conditions ranging from heart disease to diabetes and also helps you avoid joint issues. Making smart food choices ensures that your joints receive the nutrients needed to function efficiently and may help you heal faster if you do experience an injury.

Limit the amount of fried, fatty, or processed foods you eat and add whole grains, lean meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats to your diet. Giving up smoking or heavy drinking will also help you protect your joints.

See Your Chiropractor

Visiting the chiropractor when you first notice pain, muscle spasms, or reduced range of motion can help you feel better faster. Your chiropractor offers many treatments designed to ease pain and mobility, including:

  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Heat and Cold Therapies
  • Soft Tissue Manipulation and Mobilization
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Massage
  • Traction
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Scheduling periodic visits to the chiropractor will help you maintain good joint and muscle health and avoid injuries.

Falls, poor posture, stress, and improper lifting techniques can cause the vertebrae in your spine to become misaligned. Misalignments, which chiropractors call "subluxations," not only cause pain but can tighten muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Subluxations may also increase your risk of injury when you participate in sports. Spinal manipulation, one of the treatments provided by your chiropractor, offers a simple, painless way to realign your spine.

Are you ready to take advantage of the many benefits of chiropractic treatment? Contact our office to schedule a visit with the chiropractor.

Sources:

American Chiropractic Association: Keep Moving: Preventing Joint Injuries

National Safety Council: Know the Facts About Backs

OSHA: Controlling Ergonomic Hazards

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