Although there are numerous benefits associated with keeping a regular schedule of chiropractic maintenance, the sad truth is that many people don’t seek chiropractic care until they’re desperate for relief from some debilitating or long-standing condition. The idea of utilizing chiropractic as anything but a self-limiting intervention to alleviate pain or loss of function doesn’t fit into the popular paradigm. When you feel better, it’s easy to assume that the issue is solved and there’s no need to continue getting adjusted.
It’s every person’s choice as to whether to stop care at a certain point, of course. What we at Rollette Chiropractic Center want to ensure is that your choice is an informed one. If you don’t realize that chiropractic care goes beyond addressing short-term pain, then it’s very difficult for you to weigh the pros and cons of foregoing a more relaxed schedule of maintenance care.
With that in mind, let’s look at the long-term gain associated with wellness (maintenance) care:
Keeping the spine in optimal alignment can have downstream effects on every bone in the body. When the spine is healthy, posture is improved, muscle tension is reduced, and joints tend to stay more flexible, which can protect them from injury. Receiving an adjustment as little as 1-2 times per month can help preserve the function of the musculoskeletal system throughout a person’s lifetime.
Better Nerve Function
Every organ and organ system in the body is regulated by the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. If the spine and other joints are inflamed or out of alignment, though, the resulting pressure can compromise the signals traveling through the nerves from the brain. This can negatively affect every bodily process from sleep to breathing to digestion, and anything in between.
The immune system is no exception to the above rule—dysfunction in many areas of the body, including the nerves and the gut, can lower your ability to respond appropriately to infections. Research on individuals receiving regular maintenance care showed that, on average, they generated an immune response twice as robust as people the same age who were not under care. Another study showed a significant increase in infection-fighting white blood cells within 15 minutes of a thoracic (mid-back) adjustment.
Better Emotional Health
Many chiropractic patients report fewer symptoms of mood disorders, including depression, while under chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can also relieve muscle tension and chronic pain, which can have a dramatic effect on emotional well-being. Studies also show that chiropractic adjustments, particularly those involving the neck, can often lower blood pressure as well or better than prescription medication.
Better Life Expectancy?
Recent research has shown a strong association between the length of our telomeres—the cap-like structures on the end of our DNA strands—and our life expectancy. Put simply, longer telomeres tend to indicate greater longevity, while shorter telomeres indicate an accelerated aging process. A study published in June of 2017 demonstrated that participants’ telomere length increased by 8.23% after only 5 months of regular chiropractic care.
In short, there’s no question that chiropractic care has immediate and lifelong benefits. The only question left to answer is how much time and energy you’ll decide to invest in adding years to your life, as well as life to your years.