The question which arises frequently in chiropractic offices is:
“I feel better now, how long do I have to keep coming for spinal care?”
The simple answer is: “As long as you would like to have a healthy spine.” A similar question I asked when I first started going to the gym ten years ago. I am still going because I like the benefits.
What I find people really want to know, the hidden secret behind the question. Which is; how can I hold my spinal correction for a longer period of time?
There are many ways to do this but there are 3 very potent and very simple solutions for this:
This week we have had an influx of patients with rigidity of the spinal column. It has really surprised me that most people know that exercise is extremely important for your health, but don’t know that stretching is just as important.
Stretching and just moving your body through its normal ranges of motion prevents so much muscular and articular (joint) tension, it could save you a lot of money and trips to the massage therapist and even the chiropractor!
I give the analogy to my patients – chiropractic care is like going to the dentist to get your teeth checked. They clean you teeth with a super-washer to get them perfect and you leave feeling fantastic in your mouth – it is then our job to go home, brush and floss our teeth to prevent future problems.
Flossing and brushing your spine comes in two forms. EXERCISE AND STRETCHING.
Overnight, the discs in your back refill with fluid, which make you feel stiffer. Stretching help to start moving the fluid and nuture the joint. That´s why we stretch when we wake up: it´s an instinctive thing we do for our joints, muscles and circulation. It also sets the muscles up for the day after they have been stuck in the same position after being a curled up while asleep. So, start with a basic stretching routing every morning and evening. It doesn’t have to take long. Focus on the spine and moving it in all ranges (one movement at a time works best i.e. forward bending only followed by sideward bending). Stretching recallbrates the muscle spindles (the muscle sensors) which detect how short or long a muscle should be. Take the muscles gently to the extreme, outside of its ususal length, so it can get back to normal again. Alos our heart rate slows down while we sleep and stretching stimulates it - helping to move blood around the body.
Also, make it a habit of moving your body; dance, swimming, walking, sports... pick your choice. Avoid rough twisting movements and powerwalking is generally better for you back than jogging. If you enjoy running do it on soft surfaces, like a treadmill or in nature. Enjoy!
Being a chiropractor in Spain, more specifically Albir, not to far from the better-known Benidorm, is very different from England. Why? Because Spanish people have very little knowledge about what a chiropractor does. We here about other therapists saying they “do chiropractic,” all the time and on a daily basis we have to clarify what we in fact are trying to accomplish with the patient. First of all, let me first explain what chiropractic care is NOT:
Chiropractic care is not a quick fix or a patch job for your sudden “bad back”. It is not concerned with dealing drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care IS concerned about full structural correction of your specific spinal problem and maintaining just so.
There are 2 distinct parts to chiropractic care in order to accomplish this:
1. Correction phase going from RED zone (disease and symptoms) to GREEN zone (health and wellness). The corrective phase is the most challenging, but alos the most rewarding for both the chiropractor and patient.
2. Protection phase (some people like to call it maintenance or wellness care)
A lot of patients come to us as a last resolution and are happy that we can finally make a difference and move forward with their health issue. At Advanced Chiropractic we see problems like low back pain or sciatica up to very complex problems where people can hardly walk. All of which will require passing through the different phases of healing, a process that requires time. Some patients heal faster than others, but we are always looking after you, listening to your concerns and needs. Our goal is to get you to the GREEN zone as fast as possible.
Here is what Ian Black, who works as a hairdresser has to say about the chiropractic care:
“I came in with neck problems which were bothering me everyday. I found it very difficult to work without suffering. Everyday was a struggle. Since coming to see Dr.Ben at the chiropractic centre I feel more straight, have better balance and have stopped feeling the constant discomfort in my neck. Now I have moved forward to wellness care, which means I am holding my chiropractic adjustments very well. I have already recommended some of my friends to go, and they too are happy with the care they have received. A big thanks to chiropractic!"
In 1985 the first specific chiropractic adjustment was made on a janitor named Harvey Lillard. Some 18 years previously he turned deaf after falling off a ladder on to his neck. Daniel David Palmer (DD) found that a vertebra had misaligned in Harvey's neck causing sufficient pressure upon the nerve that controls hearing. He corrected the vertebra into alignment and after 3 sessions Harvey's hearing had returned, fully.
The USA had a much smaller population back then and word got round all over the country that DD Palmer has the cure for deafness. Unfortunately for them, not everyone was cured. However, DD noticed other ailments and diseases disappearing and from their chiropractic grew as a health profession. His son BJ Palmer developed chiropractic to another level. He strived for excellence. He studied the brain and nervous system in such detail and this was in a time where medicine didn't put much importance on the nervous system. The blood and circulatory system controlled everything they said. How wrong were they.
BJ Palmer also brought chiropractic to Europe, he first formed the British Chiropractic Association and things grew from there.
Chiropractic was under a lot a scrutiny from the medical profession in the USA in the 1900's and chiropractic was only legalized by the government because of its effects on the flu. Chiropractic was considered a health benefit, a bit like how we view vitamins today, and it was the only thing that showed to slow down the flu epidemic.
In the late 1900's medical insurance companies started to pay for a part of chiropractic care. Chiropractors were happy, their patients just as happy until the insurance companies stated they would only pay for care for people who have back and neck pain. This reduced the scope of chiropractic from an overall health benefit to back and neck pain doctors.
In Spain we are fortunate to have kept our roots. People know and love chiropractic for its powerful effect on the body's nervous system and what it controls. People come through our door with a range of ailments such as; flu, asthma, high blood pressure, hypo/hyperthyroidism, migraines, whiplash, and more, for preventative care and for optimal health.
In our chiropractic centre in Albir (between Benidorm and Calpe) we respect our patients' wishes and give the best, most specific chiropractic service suited for their needs. Since 2004 we have helped over 5000 patients.
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