Why Incorporating Exercise into Chiropractic Case Management is Important
March 16, 2015
Different chiropractors have different ideas of what type of treatment their patients may need. There are the basics, of course, but outside of that, some chiropractors choose not to do certain things, while others swear by them. One of these variables in chiropractic is exercise and doing the proper stretches to supplement any adjustments or treatments that are being done.
One reason that exercise is so important for many chiropractic patients (depending on their specific situation and circumstances) is that it gets the patient actively involved in their own healing. The reason that this is important is because when a person understands why a certain treatment plan is being used for their care and can feel the effects of it, it makes them more likely to come back and continue to get the care they need.
Exercise works alongside treatments and adjustments to help strengthen the body further and keep the effects lasting. Exercise adds to the mobilization of the joints and assists in increasing the range of motion. Any treatments or adjustments done by the chiropractor will be the base of working toward fixing your pain, but the exercises that the chiropractor gives you are the things that will extend the length of time pain-free between adjustments and also what will make the adjustments last in the long run.
Many chiropractors deem exercise unnecessary with treatment plans, and of course, it is on a per-case basis, but exercise that is approved by the chiropractor can really add to the treatment to give it an added and lasting quality. It also helps the body recover more quickly from an injury, so you can start feeling better faster with the help of your chiropractor and the exercises he/she teaches you.
At Duncan Chiropractic, we think that if exercise is healthy and safe to do with your injury, ailment, and pain, it can really help with the treatment. For more information on how Dr. Duncan can help you with your pain management, please schedule a free consultation or an appointment for evaluation.
Chiropractic Care Can Help Depression
February 13, 2015
When people hear the word chiropractic, they tend to think of help for back and neck pain. Did you know, though, that chiropractic can also help people who suffer from depression?
Around the world, over 350 million people suffer from depression. This number includes people of all ages, and of course, depression can stem from many different causes. Many people experience pain so debilitating and chronic that it begins to wear on them both mentally and physically, and 30%-80% of people with chronic pain syndrome suffer from depression; this isn’t even including those not officially diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome who still
suffer from horrible pain.
Chronic pain can not only be limiting, but it can become absolutely incapacitating, and when that leads to signs of depression such as an overall feeling of sadness, changes in appetite, and fatigue, it may seem like nothing can help.
When depression is caused by chronic pain, help may be possible. Depending on the nature of the injury, chiropractic care may be able to help lessen or even eliminate the pain. This may even be possible without the addition of surgery or pain medications.
Of course, chiropractors can’t fix everything, but when chronic pain is causing depression, a sense of worthlessness, and lack of pleasure in life, going into a chiropractor for an exam will determine what the nature of your pain is and how it can best be treated. It will be important for the chiropractor to know how long you have had the pain and what event (if any) triggered the beginning of the pain.
Of course, we always recommend going to see a professional who can help treat the depression as well, as this is serious and needs to be addressed. Once the pain begins to subside, however long that may take, your body starts feeling better as a whole. This includes physical and mental health, and when there is not a constant drain on your body, and you are not feeling miserable all the time anymore, the depression (if caused by pain) may lessen. This is especially true if the pain is stopping you from physical and daily activities; if the pain is able to be treated, feeling better could mean getting moving again, which not only helps the body physically feel better, but it also releases endorphins that make you happy.
Stay Moving to Alleviate Pain in the Winter (And Year-Round)
January 30, 2015
Staying active in the winter can seem difficult with the cold weather and the snow making everyone want to bundle up and stay inside. This is especially true if winter sports like snowboarding or skiing don’t particularly appeal to you. The cold weather can bring aches and pains with it, especially when it comes to joint pain, and when immobilization is added to that, people end up downright miserable by the time spring rolls around.
Sitting in a desk chair all day may seem comfortable, but when it starts to add up, and your body is stuck in the same awkward position all day (especially if you don’t sit up straight), the pain begins. Sitting all day can cause pain in the back, neck, shoulders…or really anywhere depending on the position in which you are sitting, and it can be very difficult to undo this pain once it has set in.
The trick is to keep moving. If your desk job (or winter blues) have you sitting in a chair or on the couch all day, it is important to stay mindful of how much you’re moving. This is when technology like Fitbits, Pebbles, or your phone’s exercise and step counter come in handy. Make a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day (it’s not as much as it seems), and get up for movement breaks every half hour or so. Even if it is just a walk upstairs and back, it gets you moving and stretching. Bundle up and go on a walk during your lunch break to stretch out and soak up some Vitamin D, walk up and down the stairs, or go to the gym for a good workout. Try out those new yoga poses for the added benefit of added strength and flexibility to your lifestyle. Yoga is also excellent for stretching out all the muscles in your body. It’s important to keep your body mobile and stretched out throughout the day to avoid stiff muscles.
The truth is, even though it may seem counter-intuitive to get up and force yourself to exercise through pain, it actually helps to alleviate pain. After checking with a doctor, athletic trainer, or physical therapist to be sure it’s safe for you to exercise, try different things. Start with stretching and walking then branch out from there. Stability balls are great for increasing strength and flexibility and also for stretching out those sore and aching muscles.
More chronic or serious conditions may not be able to be fixed just by exercising, but as long as a professional approves your desire to get moving, it will at least help to alleviate the pain slightly. Heat and ice are also helpful in treating pain, and these combined with exercise can create a good regime toward a happier, less painful life.
When stretching and moving throughout the day don’t seem to help with your body aches or pains, chiropractic benefits are substantial and can help to lessen and sometimes even completely eliminate pain. For a free consultation or to set up an appointment to see how a chiropractor can help you, contact Duncan Chiropractic.