Maintenance Care of the Spine
Your car often needs service… what about your spine?
Why do you get your car serviced regularly even when it's running well? Obviously, to make sure that it continues working without any trouble! Likewise, once your chiropractor has helped your mechanical health issues, it is wise to keep your body in full working order, with regular check-ups of your spine.
Our health relies on our spine
Like a telephone network, your spine delivers messages from your brain to your body via the nerves that run through the spinal cord. Individual vertebrae and the spine as a whole are constructed in a way that they provide protection for this vital part of your body. As you go through life, especially in relation to possible injuries and overloads, a loss of proper function of the protective structures of the spinal units may result in damage of the nerves that run through the spinal cord. Pressure, irritation or nerve injury as a result of spinal dysfunction, except from pain, may also affect your health status by decreasing your body's natural healing ability and wellness.
Life isn't always like a rose garden
Mechanical problems of the spine, spinal dysfunctions, may be caused by habits and activities of everyday living, from trauma or injury, or just simple "wear and tear". For example, you may have experienced:
- Sporting injuries
- Car accidents
- Workplace accident or a repetitive work stain
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Intense emotional overload, stress and tiredness
- Poor posture
Stay well with chiropractic
You don't have to wait for symptoms or other problems to appear. Chiropractors are trained in finding and correcting mechanical problems (dysfunctions) of the spine, before they "show up" as pain or other problems. Spinal dysfunctions, if left untreated, may cause painful syndromes or lower the body's ability to resist disease. Chiropractors use their hands to check the function of your spine and correct the problem areas, thereby releasing the nervous system that may be affected. The corrections are done employing painless, skillful and safe manipulations, called joint adjustments.
Regular check-ups and maintenance care is the best prevention against these problems, in order to help the body's own defense and wellbeing.
How do I know I need maintenance?
The majority of those who have felt the benefit of Chiropractic treatment, realize the value of prevention through maintenance care. By keeping our spines in a good state we reduce the frequency of flare-ups, we feel healthier and in a better shape.
Chiropractors suggest a plan of maintenance care to most people. The treatment plan and the frequency of visits depends on the body's needs and the type of problem. The Chiropractor will recommend a form of exercise, some changes in your daily habits and your posture, as part of your maintenance.
Isn't exercise good enough?
Exercise is almost always necessary as part of a maintenance plan, but it cannot deal with persistent functional problems in the same specialized way as Chiropractic. Exercise improves the overall efficiency and fitness of your body, whereas Chiropractic treatment corrects the specific mechanical problems that reduce efficiency and overload health.
Isn't too much Chiropractic bad?
Any kind of exaggeration can be detrimental. Chiropractors, members of Hellenic Chiropractors Association, are trained to evaluate your problem so that they can tell when it is appropriate to give treatment and when not to. There are no general rules and your case will be assessed on an individual basis. However, no-one should become dependent on any one treatment. If you have any concerns about your treatment, do not hesitate to discuss them with your chiropractor.