I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day when I overheard a conversation between two old friends about their health. One of the older gentlemen looked aged, sickly, and weak. The other man looked half his age, full of vigor, and ready to conquer the world. I decided to ask the two friends what their discussion was pertaining to.
The older looking man was in the store filling a prescription for cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication, and a few other medications to help with the side effects of the previous mentioned medications. The younger looking man talked about a lifestyle of a healthy diet, daily exercise, and regular chiropractic care.
As a chiropractor, I was thrilled that the younger looking man used chiropractic care as part of his healthy routine. Turns out the younger looking man was actually older, but the secrets to his success are actually no secret.
I constantly tell my patients that in order to stay healthy throughout their lifetime they need a healthy diet, daily exercise, and regular chiropractic care. We have all heard about the benefits of eating healthy food versus processed food, and daily exercise is great for our heart and brain, but here are the benefits for regular chiropractic care:
Increases Joint Mobility
When your joints lose their mobility it creates inflammation in the joints and decreases the elasticity of the surrounding ligaments. This puts pressure on the bones thus eventually causing arthritis.
Relaxes Tight Muscles
The adjustment is designed to send afferent nerve impulses into the brain telling the muscles to relax. Tight muscles cause lack of joint mobility (see above).
Slows Down Degeneration
The process of degeneration is caused when our joints and/or spine are either overused or underused. Degeneration is characterized by a decrease in disc space and the formation of osteophytes (arthritis). Regular chiropractic adjustments help slow down this process.
Increased Nerve Functioning
When the joints have lost their mobility, the nerves surrounding (and inside) of the joint get irritated. This irritation can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, or burning. Proper chiropractic adjustments help increase nerve flow properly and decrease the negative side effects.
Increased Immune System
Although the pathway is slightly unclear, most patients who get adjusted on a regular basis have higher immune systems than those who are adjusted less often. Even when these patients get sick, they seem to recover faster than those who do not get adjusted regularly.
If you are not under regular chiropractic care, but would like to talk more about the benefits of chiropractic care, then feel free to contact my office. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your quest to a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Spencer Charlet uses safe and effective drug-free methods and an integrative approach of chiropractic, soft tissue therapies, and nutritional supplementation to help each patient reach their health goals. He has taken his expertise and worked with several race teams including Ginn, Red Bull, and Waltrip Racing. He is currently the team chiropractor for Ganassi Racing.
For appointments please call 704-663-7625 or visit our website at www.ActiveSpineNC.com.