Are you confused about what a Chiropractor does? In simple terms, Chiropractic helps to keep your joints happy (including your spinal joints).
In this article I’ll share with you why your joints deserve as much love and attention as your teeth and your heart, if not more!
Feel Normal Again
Most people see me because they want to feel normal again. When your body doesn’t feel normal, it may start to affect your daily life.
- Neck feels really stiff – You can’t drive or look down at your phone
- Feet are hurting – It’s hard to walk more than 10 minutes
- Head is throbbing – Impossible to focus on work
- Hand feels weak – Even your coffee cup feels heavy
Your joints are closely connected to your muscles, bones and spinal cord (nerves). Hence, it has a strong influence on how you feel.
The more stuck your joints become (from stress or trauma), the more symptoms you tend to develop.
But when your joints are happy and moving well, your muscles will relax and your nerves will be calm. This is how Chiropractic helps you to feel normal again.
Arthritis means your joints are suffering from wear and tear. From smooth bony surfaces, it becomes rough and jagged like sandpaper.
Mild to moderate arthritis may not cause any pain or discomfort, but severe arthritis is linked to chronic pain and disability. If you fail to keep your joints happy, the last resort is almost always joint replacement surgery.
The most common joints to develop arthritis (and hence surgery) are:
- Lower back
Although arthritis is typically an “old person’s disease”, it can start developing at a much younger age (sometimes as young as your 20s). If you play sports often or do physical work, the risk is higher.
So, it’s a great idea to keep your joints happy even if you’re young to minimise arthritis. In fact, the earlier you start the better!
Your body is very good at recovery. For instance, if you accidentally cut your skin it’ll heal by itself over the next few days (or weeks for deeper cuts).
Your muscles, ligaments and nerves are the same. They also have the ability to heal themselves after an injury.
Here are some injuries you may be familiar with:
- Ankle sprain
- Jarred your finger
- Muscle pull
- Tweaked your back
Unfortunately, if your joints are stuck and not moving properly, it will slow down or even hinder the healing process. This is why some injuries can linger on for a long time (months or years).
By keeping your joints happy with your Chiropractor Adelaide, you can harness your body’s full healing potential. That way, if you hurt yourself you can make a quick recovery
How to Keep Your Joints Happy?
Chiropractic is key if you want to keep your joints healthy. It is a gentle, thorough way to find and fix joints that are stuck (not moving properly).
Besides Chiropractic care, Dr Kelvin Chew recommends the following:
- Less sitting, more standing
- Gentle full-body exercises (walking, swimming)
- Don’t lift too heavy (it may be good for muscles, but damage your joints)
- Sleep on your back (tummy sleeping isn’t good for neck joints)