Many people ask when starting chiropractic care, “How long will it take?”, or “How long until I’m better?”.
In today’s society of quick fixes and miracle cures, it has become all too common to expect to get better right away and get back to your life. These quick fix approaches typically don’t correct the actual problem, but instead just cover up the symptoms and signs of a deeper, underlying issue.
You’re the Healer
It’s important to remember that chiropractic isn’t a quick fix. In fact, doctors don’t actually do the real healing. The true healer is you!
The healing power of your own body. This is controlled by your brain, spinal cord and nerves, which is why chiropractic is a good fit for you. The aim of chiropractic is to make sure your brain, spinal cord and nerves communicate properly, to reduce interference in your nerve system and help facilitate the healing power of your own body to restore health.
Factors of Healing
Your path to getting better depends on a lot of factors. Your ability to heal diminishes with age, while degenerative processes and other problems (such as pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, etc.) tend to get worse over time. The longer a problem has been going on, the longer it might take to see improvements.
Your work and activities also play a major role, as well as your diet, exercise and overall level of health. Generally, the more committed you are to your own health, the better chance you have at achieving better results in a quicker period of time.
Much of what determines your healing time is really up to you. Chiropractic care is really a partnership, and without your participation, results will not be as significant or as long-lived. It’s important for you to take an active role in your recovery, think positively and to follow your individualized treatment plan. Remember that the pain and symptoms are not really the problem. Following through with your care plan is what really goes a long way in getting you back to health!
Your sleep habits are an indicator of your overall health and well-being.
“45% of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days.”The National Sleep Foundation’s Inaugural Sleep Health Index
Americans report sleeping an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes.
Even though this average is within the 7-9 hour recommended sleep range according to the Sleep Duration Recommendation chart below, 35% report sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair” with 20% reporting that they don’t wake up feeling refreshed.
This means that Americans report good sleep quantity, but not quality.
What about this sleep debt? As soon as we start cutting hours, supplementing our sleep with stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks and external lights, our circadian rhythm (natural sleep/wake cycle) becomes affected, and we start moving into this state of sleep debt.
Just like financial debt, our sleep debt can take its toll. When this debt adds up, our reaction time slows down leading to more mistakes in the workplace, and in turn making driving more dangerous.
There is no substitute for good sleep!
Cleaning Up Your Sleep Routine
To pay back this debt, start by cleaning up your sleep routine. Adding one or more of these habits to your routine can start to move you towards better reaction time, increased work productivity and overall more energy!
- Go to bed 15 minutes earlier
- Stick to a regular sleep and wake schedule
- Neglect that snooze, wake up when the alarm wakes you up
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Exercise daily
- Relax before bed with a hot bath or a good book instead of electronics (electronic use can interfere with sleep)
- A daytime nap can also help catch you back up, even if it is 15 minutes mid-day
- And most importantly, get adjusted!
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”Irish Proverb
Chiropractic comes from Greek words meaning “done by hand“.
Chiropractors operate on in the firm belief that the human body can heal itself when the skeletal system is correctly aligned, where the nervous system is functioning properly.
To be a qualified doctor of chiropractic, a chiropractor goes through an average of 3.5 years of additional doctorate schooling as well as several rounds of national boards in order to accurately, and most importantly safely, use his or her hands to find out what is going on in the spine. After a consultation and physical examination, and x-rays if the case presents, the doctor will use all of this information as well as their hands to get a feel for the spine. This will give the doctor information on which area of the spine is not correctly aligned, or articulated. What they are searching for is known as a subluxation.
As we break this word down
Our bodies may not be shining off a light when at their healthiest, however – luxation, light can also mean energy, or power.
What does energy do?
Energy flows through your house, through your gadgets, etc. When something interferes with this flow it disrupts the output of energy. This is similar to how the nervous system works. When there is a sub-luxation in the spine (less light), or when two vertebrae are not properly lined up, there is less of a proper nerve flow that is able to deliver the energy through the various portions of the body.
Our nervous system starts in our brain and travels down the spinal cord. Our brain and spinal cord are so extremely important that we have bones that form around them. These are the skull for our brain, and the spine for the spinal cord. These nerves come out from the spine and go all over our body. They control everything that we do.
For instance, the nerves that exit the spine around the neck go right to the head, face and arms just as much as the low back will travel down to power your lower body and legs.
When something irritates a nerve, such as a subluxation, the nerve doesn’t function 100%. Meaning that unlike electricity, which will just shut off your power, you might not notice your nerves not functioning at 100%. These nerves don’t deliver all of the power it should be. Your body may be having symptoms ranging from pain, numbness and tingling to even headaches, indigestion, carpal tunnel, insomnia and many more.
Once a chiropractor knows where there is a subluxation, they provide a precisely calculated thrust into the area using their hands which is known as an adjustment. When this does happen a “pop” or “crack” noise may be heard. This is nothing to be alarmed at! This is the sound that our joints make when there is pressure that is released, it is just like when you crack your fingers or wake up in the morning with a good stretch. Even though this is similar to what you might experience at home, a chiropractor is able to provide an exact force that is precisely calculated for you.
How bright is your light? Call or come in to King Chiropractic today to see how chiropractic can help you get to feeling your best!
Isn’t technology amazing? With all of the advancements that we have in this day and age, we have evolved to use these devices. With the use of these cell phones, tablets and other wireless devices, we have made it a habit of neglecting the one thing that’s carried us so far in this world, our bodies.
Some signs and symptoms of text neck:
– Chronic headache
– Soreness in the neck
– Numbness and tingling felt in the upper extremities
– Tightness or stiffness across the shoulders
– Postural changes
– Pain throughout the neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, wrists and elbows
The more the spine bends forward, the more stress is placed on the cervical spine, the top 7 bones of the neck. This extra force puts more pressure on the discs of the spine which can eventually lead to them degenerating and chronic neck pain.
According to the Antarctic Journal, if left untreated serious, permanent damage may occur. Flattening of the spinal curve, onset of early arthritis, spinal degeneration, spinal misalignment, disc herniations and compressions, muscle and nerve damage, loss of lung volume capacity as well as gastrointestinal problems.
Strategies to prevent text neck and to reverse symptoms
- Hold phone at eye level as much as possible
- Take breaks from the phone/laptop
- Set a timer – no more than 20 minutes on a device, walk every 30-45 minutes
Basically, treat your body well! It’s the only one you have. If you have to use technology for work, school, or even play, then take a break every 30-45 minutes and at least give those eyes a break by staring at something 10-20 feet away for at least 30 seconds, or go for that small walk! While you’re up, go fill up on some water!