How Chiropractors Treat and Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries
May 10, 2022
By Dr. Sarah Siddiqui
Getting up at dawn to run with the dog only to get tugged and tangled in three leashes? Taking a conference call en route to piano lessons while feeding your back seat boss? Booking appointments while scouring the produce aisle for the crunchiest grapes (you know they’re gonna spill…) It may be time to prevent your octopus-worthy multi-task habit from stretching and twisting you into painful knots — and time to check in with your chiropractor.
Doctors of Chiropractic focus on preventing the pain and inflammation that can lead to serious injury by promoting overall health and wellness via adjustments and active therapies.
If you’re one of the 35 million Americans who already visit a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) regularly you know the benefits of chiropractic for neck pain, chiropractic for shoulder pain, for headache disruptions and, most commonly, low back pain chiropractic transformations. But did you know that chiropractic can also help prevent or reduce pain, stiffness and inflammation before they develop into debilitating injuries?
These fun facts about chiropractic shed light on how chiropractic care can support you in your wellness journey and help you feel your best.
Beginning your wellness journey before serious conditions arise can lead you to optimal function and joy of movement sooner and more efficiently. How long will it take? That will depend on how well your DC personalizes your care plan and how thoroughly you follow it. Together, you’ll likely be able to:
Relieve Your Pain
What’s likely causing your shooting, throbbing or jabbing pain? A misaligned vertebrae or compressed joint that’s putting pressure on your nerves. So, when your DC uses hands or a small instrument to apply quick, targeted force to one (or more) of your joints it encourages your body to re-align into its natural position.
Multiple studies have demonstrated that this relieves nerve pressure and improves your mobility — so multi-tasking is no longer such a dangerous act.
Recover From Injuries and Prevent Recurrence
After delivering your adjustments to realign its natural curve, your Chiro One doctor will help you maintain that alignment by prescribing active therapies proven to:
This will save wear and tear on your joints and muscles and save them energy it takes to function in suboptimal positions — all helping to reduce your risk of overuse injury.
Restore Your Body’s Communication System
Your vertebrae enable you to sit, stand, walk, bend, crawl, twist and turn while protecting your spinal cord. They also serve as the exit route for your peripheral nerves which travel and send messages between your joints and muscles (musculoskeletal system) and your brain and spinal cord (nervous system — your head-to-toe master control center).
When your spine is misaligned and your nerves compressed, those messages can’t get where they’re supposed to go. Just like losing Wi-Fi causes all your home systems to go down, losing nervous system function disrupts all your other body systems. Misalignments can lead to inflammation and irritation (of muscles and mind).
Enhance Your Wellness
When you’re aligned and functioning optimally, your biochemicals (hormones like the stress regulator oxytocin, insulin, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen) are balanced too, so you feel better about life.
International research has been demonstrating this for years. For example, getting adjusted can increase your levels of neurotensin — a peptide that regulates your sleep, pain perception and appetite.
When your nerves become increasingly kinked, it can cause your brain to send pain messages, which can disrupt other body systems and functions like sleep, appetite and even mood.
Preventing costly disorders in all your systems is a team sport — your provider may guide you, but you must follow through. Chiro One DCs will ask which of the above goals you intend to pursue before deciding which adjustments and active therapies can help you achieve them.
Whether you’re seeking chiropractic for neck pain, chiropractic for shoulder pain, or back pain chiropractic solutions, understanding a bit about your treatments will make you feel more comfortable and confident about getting adjusted.
To resolve your pain, enhance your mobility and improve your function your DC will customize these 3 critical elements of your care plan:
You feel so good after a visit with your DC. Wish you could replicate that feeling any time? You can get close by doing some at-home exercises until your return to the clinic and your supervised active therapies.
Whenever you’re stressed, stiff or achy, take a break and enjoy these simple stretches to refresh body and mind.
We get it. Researching, booking and attending an appointment with a wellness chiropractor takes time and energy out of your already crazy-busy day. Sometimes you just need a tiny bit of inspiration to rev up your motivation. Hundreds of our blog visitors search for quotes like this one every month.
Check in with your nearest Chiro One doc at one of our welcoming open-plan clinics across the country. They’ll perform a thorough exam to investigate the root cause of your pain, then personalize your care plan — a combination of gentle chiropractic adjustments and active therapies to help you feel better longer.
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