1 Thing You Probably Don’t Know About Chiropractors

There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractors. That’s partly because while we all visit doctors, not everybody goes to a chiropractor. It’s also because there’s still some effort on the part of the medical establishment to discredit chiropractors and other alternative caregivers.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that if you go to the chiropractor once, you’ll need to keep going on a regular basis. The truth is (of course) more complex than that. Chiropractic care can help you in acute, short-term situations and in the long-term to maintain proper alignment and protect your spine.

Short-Term Chiropractic Care

Let’s start with short-term care for acute injuries and problems. There are many circumstances that might create a need for the kind of immediate pain relief you can get from a chiropractor. These include:

  • A sports-related injury
  • An automobile accident
  • Lifting a heavy object without taking the proper precautions
  • A hard fall or awkward landing

When one of these things occurs, you may find that you have pain that can’t be resolved with over-the-counter medications or traditional medical treatments.

Getting a chiropractic adjustment (or several) over a short period can provide immediate relief and ultimately, resolve the issue without the need for addictive pain medications or invasive surgery. In many such cases, only a few adjustments are required to get the desired result.

If you’re experiencing acute pain or if you have received an injury that has impacted your ability to do the things you love, then seeing a chiropractor can help you get back to normal.

Long-Term Chiropractic Care

You don’t need to have experienced an acute injury to benefit from visiting a chiropractor and getting regular adjustments. The truth is that there are some people who make chiropractic adjustments part of their regular wellness regimen.

People who see a chiropractor regularly include professional athletes. They understand that their body’s performance is linked to keeping all bodily systems, including their skeletal, nervous, and respiratory systems, in good working order. The long-term ben fits of chiropractic care are well documented. The other group of people who can benefit from long-term chiropractic care are those who experience
chronic pain. Studies have shown that chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways of managing lower back pain. In fact, it can be more effective – and more cost-effective – than treatment by a physician.

Likewise, there have been studies that concluded that patients with fibromyalgia who received chiropractic adjustments experienced improved cervical and lumbar ranges of motion and decreased pain.

Protecting your spine is important to your overall health and long-term chiropractic care can minimize your chances of injury as you age.

The Bottom Line

If you want to be in good health, you must be sure to take preventive measures. You probably go to the doctor once a year for a check-up and to the dentist twice a year for cleanings. Getting regular chiropractic adjustments can be a good way to keep your spine healthy and your entire body in alignment.

5 Essential Nutrients to Keep Your Spine Healthy

There’s no denying that we are what we eat. We learned that saying from early childhood, but we sometimes forget it as adults. We opt for what’s convenient over what our bodies need. Poor nutrition can take a toll on our bodies, including our spines.

The solution is to ensure that your diet allows you to get the proper nutrients to keep your back strong and healthy. Here are five essential nutrients to add to your diet.

#1: Calcium

You probably already know that calcium plays an important role in building and strengthening bones. Calcium deficiency is one of the key drivers of age-related bone loss and osteoporosis. Some of the foods that are rich sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, and canned fish that includes edible bones. (Sardines are a good example.)

#2: Magnesium

Like calcium, magnesium is a mineral that helps to strengthen bones. In fact, between 50% and 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in your bones. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common mineral deficiencies among Americans and can be a contributing factor in bone loss, heart disease, and other health issues. A study from 2013 found that magnesium supplementation reduced back pain and improved lumbar spine range of motion.

The average diet is too low in magnesium. To get what you need, try adding almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, and dark chocolate to your diet.

#3: Vitamin D

Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin because one of our best sources of it is exposure to direct sunlight. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and it also plays a key role in building and strengthening collagen.

People who aren’t sensitive to UV rays can get the Vitamin D they need by spending approximately 20 minutes a day in the sun. There are not very many foods that are good sources of Vitamin D, although it is possible to find Vitamin D-enriched milk. Otherwise, take a nutritional supplement.

#4: Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a mineral whose importance is sometimes overlooked, but it works with calcium to help build bones and improve bone density as we age. Both men and women need to be certain to get sufficient phosphorus in their diets.

The best dietary sources of phosphorus are Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and cheese.

#5: Healthy fats

It can be difficult to sort through the conflicting information about dietary fat. Eating too much saturated fat can be dangerous and may contribute to heart disease. However, eating healthy fat, specifically Omega-3 fatty acid, is essential for bone health. Studies have found that Omega-3 prevents demineralization of bones as we age. It’s important to take care of your spine…

Spinal health is important at any age, but it’s essential to protect your spine as you get older. While diet alone may not be enough, it is undeniable that eating a diet rich in the five minerals we have listed here will ensure that your body has the essential nutrients it needs to prevent bone loss and demineralization and minimize the risks of spinal injuries.

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