I sat down with a woman the other day who was new to chiropractic. She asked a few questions, and I provided a few answers. Then she asked something I hear quite regularly.

“Once I start chiropractic with you, do I always have to come in? Is this something I have to do regularly?’

A lot of people have, in my opinion, a misunderstanding of what a doctor’s job really is. And I can’t blame them. Western medicine has trained all of us to wait for a problem, head into the doctor’s office to find a solution, come out with a pill and exist until the next problem arises.

why you need a regular chiropractic treatment schedule Why You Need A Regular Chiropractic Treatment Schedule

Lets look at it from a different perspective. Lets take your car, for instance. When you buy a car, everything runs perfectly on it. So you drive it. You can take one of two approaches. You can drive it until you have a problem, then take it into the mechanic to find out what’s wrong. But that will cost you a lot of money in the end. If you don’t put oil in regularly, you risk destroying the engine. If you don’t put brakes on it, you risk an accident, which could be very deadly to you, your family, and those around you. But if you perform routine maintenance – regular oil changes, new brakes, new tires, etc – your car will last and be in great shape for years.

The same applies to our human bodies. Sure, we can run them as ragged as possible until we have a problem, then look for the quickest fix possible. But if you eat completely wrong, eating nothing but sweets, high processed foods, and meals from the 99 cents menu, you can’t expect to be at your optimal level well into the future. Somewhere in the back of your mind, you have to know you’ll eventually pay the price.

Which is why many of us make a change early on. We incorporate good foods into our diets. We start an exercise program. We look at which supplements will benefit us the most.

That’s where chiropractic comes into play.

Chiropractic has little to do with quick fixes of the neck or back pain you experience in an accident. Instead, chiropractic care is making sure your spine is aligned and the communication between your brain and other major organs is open and flowing freely. If you want to make sure your organs are running at optimal level and are 100 percent healthy, you have to make sure your spine is properly aligned and there are no interferences in the way your nervous system handles the flow.

And that takes work. Because every day you move, play, work and change. Even the littlest of things can sometimes throw your system off. And with a small adjustment, your body is back on the right track, operating at full capacity once more.

Do you need a regular chiropractic treatment schedule to maintain optimal health? Do you eat healthy regularly? Do you exercise on a routine basis?

It all depends on how well you want to live now and into the future.

Stress. In today’s society, its everywhere. Its no longer something that “the other guy” experiences; it’s a fact of life for all of us.

Although stress can occasionally be a benefit to us, help improve our focus or make our performance even better, for the most part stress can lead to serious health problems that will impact us the rest of our lives. Anxiety, depression, heart attacks, virtually every chronic situation people now live with on a daily basis are impacted by the amount of stress we bring into our lives.

The first step is realizing where your stressful situations are coming from.how chiropractic can be a part of your stress relief management program1 How Chiropractic Can Be A Part Of Your Stress Relief Management Program

The second is to eliminate the stressful situations, and put healthy alternatives in its place.

Think Positive

Sounds easy enough; yet most of us fall into the trap of thinking negative throughout the day. Have you ever found yourself saying “how stupid can you be” or “that was a dumb thing to do” over and over again? Instead of focusing in on the bad, retrain your brain to think positively instead. When you replace negative thoughts with constructive ones, stress can easily fade away.

Meditate

There’s a saying out there that everyone should meditate 10 minutes a day; and if you’re too busy, you should meditate 20 minutes per day. The idea is to take 10 minutes to do nothing, relax and spend time on your inner self.

Head Back To Nature

Noise is all around us in the heart of the city. Even if you walk from your office to a café for lunch every day, the horns honking, traffic buzzing by can grade on your nerves. Now step out to a park outside of town. Better yet, head up to the mountains and enjoy a trail or two. In a very short amount of time, you’ll notice the difference inside and out.

Hobbies

Today we’re too wrapped up in what needs to be done. We rush from one thing to the next without taking time for the little things we enjoy. Stop one or two of the activities that keep you busy, and instead put in its place something you’ve enjoyed in the past but let go because of a lack of time. It could be knitting, gardening or skiing. The more you separate from the stuff that keeps you busy, the stuff that adds to your stress, the more you will find relief in the down time.

Human Touch

We live in a social world. Unfortunately, social has now taken on the meaning of having “friends” online, when in reality we’re too busy to spend time with the friends right in our own backyard. Virginia Satir, a famous family psychotherapist once said that a person needs 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 for growth. Yet how many of us get anywhere close to that during the course of a normal day? Massage can play a big part, and the therapeutic properties are proven again and again. It can lead to less pain, reduce depression and anxiety, allow for better sleep, and improve your happiness factor.

Combine all of that with regular visits to your chiropractor. A chiropractors job is to make sure your body is fully functioning, fully adjusted, and working at its optimal level. A body that works correctly means it responds correctly. And you can more easily focus on the areas that mean most to you.

If you’re ready to make chiropractic a part of your stress relief management program, give us a call today.

As a chiropractor, I work with people daily to achieve whole body wellness. That means inside and out, we help you achieve your optimum fitness level.

In today’s world, if you show up at many doctors offices who practice western medicine, you’ll walk back out the door with a handful of pills. That’s what concerns me.

Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing problems in America right now. Its also one of the most poorly recognized types of chemical dependency, particularly in women, and is often misdiagnosed because of its origins. If something is prescribed by a doctor, it must be okay … that’s the thought process that gets too many people in trouble.

how prescription drug abuse impacts our health How Prescription Drug Abuse Impacts Our Health

There are three different classes of prescriptions that are most susceptible to abuse:

Stimulants – often prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Opiates – often prescribed to treat chronic pain

Tranquilizers or sedatives – often prescribed to treat anxiety or sleep disorders

When someone is addicted to prescription drugs, they often show signs by having:

  • Noticeable mood swings
  • Changing sleep patterns
  • Increasing irritability, especially when prescriptions aren’t available
  • More frequent alcohol consumption

The more ingrained the addiction, the more problems will surface. The abuse of prescription drugs often results in negative effects on personal relationships, employment difficulties and potential job loss, financial difficulties, legal issues and overall psychological problems.

Prescription drug abuse is increasing, partially because of the availability of drugs. Doctors are prescribing more drugs than ever for health problems as more drugs become available, and the growing number of pharmacies online make getting prescription drugs without prescriptions even easier.

Most people don’t take prescription drugs with the intention of becoming addicted. Instead, they start medication to gain relief from pain. Prescription drugs offer fast opportunity to get rid of something that is bothering them, and so they jump at the chance to reduce the pain as quickly as possible. As tolerance to the prescription drug is developed, more and more are required to produce the desired effect.

With chiropractic, we help manage and eliminate the pain in a natural way. We focus on whole body wellness, which means getting your body back in working condition without the need of prescription medication.

Its never too early or too late to start a treatment process that can help you manage your pain in a natural way. Call to schedule your initial consultation with us today, and find out how you can control your pain once and for all.

Every chiropractic office in your neighborhood is unique. Every chiropractor has his or her own perspective on how to approach health and well being, and what chiropractic techniques to offer his or her clientele. Some perform joint manipulation with their hands, while others prefer to use various instruments. Some patients prefer the feeling of relief from popping the joints into place, while others cringe at the thought and prefer a lighter touch.

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In short, there is no right or wrong approach to chiropractic treatment. Instead, it depends on both the individual preferences of both the chiropractor and the patient.

But what do you do when you’re new to the chiropractic world, and you aren’t sure what method you prefer? How do you find someone you can trust when the entire practice is something you’re only recently learning about?

Start with 3 questions, and use them to determine the right chiropractor for you.

1. What are my goals for seeing a chiropractor?

Everyone sees a chiropractor for a different reason. Some are trying to find relief for pain; some are simply trying to improve their well being. Before you talk with a chiropractor for the first time, make sure you can summarize all of the reasons you are searching out chiropractic expertise. Then talk with potential chiropractors about their practice and how it aligns with your goals. Choose the chiropractor that most resonates with your objectives.

2. What should I avoid when looking for a chiropractor?

While every chiropractor offers a unique approach to chiropractic, there are some red flags that most chiropractors agree are questionable.

  • Avoid chiropractors that claim to “cure” a condition, such as asthma, infections, diabetes or other chronic conditions.
  • Avoid chiropractors that claim to be the only one with a technique no other chiropractor is using.
  • Avoid chiropractors that advertise “one treatment fits all” specials, treating all ailments the same.
  • Avoid long term treatments where goals aren’t evaluated along the way.

If you find any of the above, or simply aren’t comfortable with the approach your chiropractor is taking, it is reasonable to consider switching to another chiropractor.

3. How should I evaluate my treatment plan?

It is not uncommon to have mild discomfort after adjustment for the first 24 hours or so … in a similar manner when you start a new exercise regiment for the first time. Beyond that, if you experience any pain during treatment or increased pain following adjustment, you should stop and re-evaluate your treatment plan.

If you aren’t seeing a change within 2 to 4 weeks of the initial treatment, a good chiropractor will also consider other alternatives, such as treating the problem area with a different technique or adding additional sessions to your program. He may also provide referrals to other healthcare providers to approach your pain in a different manner, such as an acupuncturist, massage therapist, or naturopath.

Above all, if you have questions, ask at any time. A great chiropractor will always welcome your input, and provide you with the relief and services best for you.