Chiropractic and Physical Activity: A Winning Team

It’s no secret that living an active lifestyle helps promote better overall health, which is more important than ever with the arrival of the cold and flu season and ongoing pandemic. Along with physical activity, chiropractic care plays a key role in helping you achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Why Staying Active is Important

When it comes to being physically active, one of the biggest obstacles we face is sedentary behavior. Recent studies have shown that as many as 70 percent of Americans sit for at least six hours per day, with 80 percent of U.S. adults not meeting the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. 

Being sedentary for prolonged periods of time has also been linked to a number of health concerns such as increased blood pressure, excessive body fat around the waist, and abnormal levels of cholesterol3, all of which can lead to other detrimental effects such as impaired immune function and elevated stress levels. Regular physical activity can significantly mitigate the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle and other unhealthy habits, making it a vital component of healthy living.

How Chiropractic Care Promotes a Healthy and Active Life

One of the most critical factors of an active lifestyle is healthy biomechanics, or making sure that your muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work properly together to keep you moving. Chiropractic care directly impacts your body’s biomechanics through adjustments and therapies that can:

  • Treat neck, back, shoulder, and extremity pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Promote better posture and ergonomics
  • Improve join mobility
  • Decrease recovery time
  • Reduce stress

The Role of Physical Activity

Being physically active has obvious benefits such as helping to maintain a healthy weight, better immune system function, and higher energy levels. But the advantages don’t end there. Physical activity actually works together with chiropractic care in a number of ways, including:

  • Increasing spinal adjustment longevity
  • Retention of good posture
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Improving body stability
  • Developing better ergonomic awareness

Create a Positive Cycle

Chiropractic and exercise complement each other by creating a cycle of positive reinforcement that can reduce barriers to a healthy and active lifestyle. The more chiropractic care you receive, the more you will be able to remain physically active, which can help maintain the positive effects of chiropractic care that helps you remain physically active. You get the picture. Once that cycle begins, nothing can stop you from living your best life.