We hear this question in our practice. A lot. And the answer is: it depends. If you wish to maintain the health of your nervous system and all the functions of the body that it is responsible for, then the answer is: Yes. Much like eating a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise and adhering a good sleep schedule- these practices continue to reap benefits.
Ultimately, all of these choices are up to you. The key to leading a healthy life is your lifestyle. The choices you make each day either move you towards health, or away from health. These choices either assist in giving your body something it needs or creating interference.
It is a well documented and understood fact, that routine dental care helps maintain the health of your teeth. This same principle applies to chiropractic care for your spine. Subluxations, or blockages in the nervous system, are like the plaque in between your teeth. If you only went to the dentist when your teeth hurt, there would be a lot of damage done. If you only came to a chiropractor when you had pain, there most likely would be evidence of many years of spinal blockages prior to your first appointment.
What are the benefits of regular chiropractic care?
Regular chiropractic care can help you feel better, boost your immune system and create greater ease in your body throughout your lifetime. Many of our practice members report reduced mental stress and an ability to become more focused & present. It is incredibly common for people to have better digestion and deeper, more restful sleep.
Short courses of chiropractic care can be helpful. However to truly gain the most benefit, consistent chiropractic care should be a routine part of your lifestyle. The nervous system is the only system in your body completely encased in bone. That’s how important it is! Ensuring the spine is in proper alignment and that your nerve system is clear ensures that your body is functioning optimally.
The false assumption that once you start going to a chiropractor that you have to go forever, is rooted in our modern perspective of medical care. When a problem arises (a ‘symptom’), we seek treatment to get rid of the symptom. Once the symptom goes away, the medical care ends. Many people think that a chiropractor will treat your problem, resolve it, and your care will end. While this is a noble pursuit, chiropractic seeks to facilitate your body’s natural ability to self-heal. Rather than depending on a treatment to fix you, chiropractic care allows you to depend on yourself for that healing. Being under chiropractic care helps your body heal itself more efficiently. As a result people under chiropractic care can recover more quickly and more fully from health conditions.
A Recipe for Health
There are several ingredients needed for optimal health. A regular exercise program maintains proper movement. A consistent sleep regiment helps your body rest and recover. Health food fuels your body. And chiropractic care opens and clears the channels of communication in your body. Chiropractic care works by making sure your body has a clear path between your brain and your body. It ensures there are no blockages along that path. Your brain can then send messages to every cell, tissue, organ and organ system and the information can travel back up to the brain without interference.
If you had found an exercise program that works for you and that you enjoy, would you wonder when would be a good time to stop? And if you had a diet that works for you, and that you enjoy, would you look forward to stopping it? Of course not! We all know that stopping our healthy habits can have negative consequences.
This is also true for chiropractic care. Once you have begun to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system, would you consciously decide on a date to stop keeping it healthy? Clearly not.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to cultivate optimal health. Many of our practice members choose consistent chiropractic because they value their health and want to feel the best they possibly can, at any age.