Chiropractic for a healthy lifestyle
No doubt you are excited about sharing the benefits of your chiropractic education with your patients. As a healthcare provider, you have the important job of making sure you listen to your patients, administer the proper care, and relieve pain so they can feel better.
Your goal is to help them perform as optimally as possible and it involves teamwork. You guide patients in their healing, while they in turn do their home care and perform any exercises you recommend.
Once your patient is out of pain and discomfort, it feels as if they have their life back again. They are able to perform everyday activities such as exercising, playing golf, or going places with their family.
You as a chiropractor are extremely pleased when your patients begin feeling better, and eventually they tell you they feel “normal” again. But your responsibility to the patient doesn’t end there.
In practice, it’s recommended you start a relationship with your patients — one deeply rooted in trust and understanding — on the first day you meet them. You can explain and educate them on their ailment, the treatment, and what they are expected to do outside the office to help get them better. The expectation of patients taking care of themselves follows them throughout their lives, even after you have stopped active care.
As much as you hope your adjustments hold forever and your patients continue to feel better, the reality is that, inevitably, the patient will need check-ups every so often. Life circumstances often arise that can cause the spine and other joints of the body to become stressed and thrown back out of alignment.
A good analogy to talk about with your patients is this, “Did you know you could benefit from regular spinal check-ups — just like you benefit when a dentist cleans your teeth or a mechanic changes the oil in your car? Regular chiropractic maintenance can help you avoid major problems before they happen!”
Lifestyle stress or injuries can happen to the body simply as a part of living a normal life. Think for a moment about your average daily activities. As you retrace your steps from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, you can probably identify numerous tasks that could potentially cause stress on your body.
There are so many different types of activities you perform during the course of a day, week, or month. If you are a parent of young children, your activities can include bending over and using your arms to pick up, hold and carry your children, driving multiple times daily, pushing strollers, and changing diapers.
Do you think any of these activities can put stress on the spine and other parts of the body?
How about those days when you are home and are doing the laundry, vacuuming, mopping, and straightening up around the house? Could any of these duties cause your body some wear and tear?
Let’s not forget those who work clerical or desk jobs. You might spend much of your day sitting in meetings, sitting at your desk typing on the computer, talking on the phone, filing papers, or photocopying. Do any of these activities put stress on your body? Of course these activities can be stressful — especially over time.
Even engaging in activities that are good for you can lead to stress on your body, such as regular exercise or sports-related activities. Think of the average exercise workout you do at the gym or at your house. Run through it in your mind for a second from start to finish and visualize what you are putting your body through.
It can be as simple as going on the treadmill or elliptical machine all the way to intense weight training. It can involve a nice, slow stretching class to a very intense spinning class.
Now think about specific athletic events you still may engage in. Is it basketball, tennis, golf, running, racquetball, or softball? Whatever you prefer to play, do you think it could put a strain on your body? The answer is yes it can!
Why can’t chiropractic last longer?
One of the questions patients often ask is, “Why can’t you just put me back in alignment and it stay that way? Why do I have to come back every so often?”
If you have not already figured out the answer, then think about the previous paragraphs filled with your work and athletic activities. The reason why your chiropractic adjustments do not hold forever is because you go out and live your life. Over time your muscles, spine, and joints react to the stress.
When you think about it, almost every single job or daily activity can have an effect on the alignment of the spine and extremities. Even though you encourage patients to exercise to stay healthy, it can cause stress on the body that needs to be addressed.
The body reacts by moving out of alignment and muscles spasm, which causes swelling, pain, and discomfort to return. Does that mean they shouldn’t exercise? NO! Stress is a normal part of life; the point is that you should encourage your patients to do something to keep it from negatively affecting their body and their health.
Some patients are able to hold their adjustments longer than others. Certain patients may only come in for an annual check-up because they exercise and do things that keep them strong.
Other patients may come back every two weeks because their daily routine is so physically demanding they are thrown out of alignment quickly. It all depends on genetics, commitment to your home exercises, and lifestyle.
You can work with your patients to discover what each person’s optimal frequency should be for coming back to the office for spinal tune-ups.
At Pain Care of San Diego, located in La Jolla, California, we have qualified chiropractors and physical therapy professionals to assist you with your medical needs. Contact us to schedule a visit today!
Original Article: http://www.chiroeco.com/news/chiropractic-news.php?id=9760§ion=159
Posted on September 3rd, 2010