The benefits of Lifestyle Care are many and well documented. From improving athletic performance, increasing brain function and increasing bone density to strengthening the immune system and preventing deterioration, the results can be dramatic. And as common sense and world renowned 100 Year Lifestyle Affiliate chiropractor, Dr. Ernie Landi has stated so eloquently, “If you prevent it, you don’t have to treat it.”
Lifestyle Care is about keeping your spine and nervous system aligned, balanced and functioning to its full potential throughout your lifetime. This allows your brain and your body to communicate efficiently without interference so that they can function at their highest level and help you enjoy life to the fullest.
People will frequently ask, “This makes a lot of sense. How often should I get my spine and nervous system checked?” The answer is quite simple and depends a lot on you. The intensity of your Lifestyle Care will depend on the intensity of your lifestyle as well as the underlying condition of your spine and nervous system. People who live stress free lives and have no underlying deterioration require much less Lifestyle Care.
On the other hand, people with moderate amounts of stress and deterioration require more frequent visits and people who are under severe stress or have a lot of deterioration require much more frequent visits to keep their body functioning at high levels of health. You and your chiropractor will determine together the frequency that is best for you based on your personal health condition and goals.
As the intensity of your lifestyle changes from month to month or from year to year you may find that the intensity of your Lifestyle Care also needs to change. For example, if you have found that an adjustment every two weeks has been ideal for you, then you change to a more stressful job with a lot of sitting or a long commute, you and your chiropractor may find that a weekly adjustment works better.
The most important thing for you to understand is that Lifestyle Care is not based on symptoms. Your frequency is not determined by how you feel but instead is determined by whether or not you have a subluxation, a spinal imbalance with nerve pressure, that needs to be adjusted. Since additional research has revealed that nerve compression can exist without pain, waiting until you have symptoms to get checked is not a good idea. Only your chiropractor can determine whether you need an adjustment or not through a chiropractic check-up.
Ask around and you will find that there are millions of people who have been under chiropractic care for decades not just because they have had a problem but because they have experienced the benefits of Lifestyle Care. These people may be some of the healthiest people you meet. Too many people in our society are suffering because they are crisis oriented when it comes to their health. Don’t let this happen to you.
It is easier, less expensive and more fun to stay well than it is to have to get well after you become sick or injured. People who live The 100 Year Lifestyle take the lessons from the nursing home generation seriously and make this shift from Crisis Care to Lifestyle Care.
Fortunately, chiropractic has grown up over the past 118 years and there are now many types of chiropractic procedures and techniques—from the traditional adjustment where you here the “sound” of the spine being adjusted to very light touch, soft-tissue techniques by hand or through the use of computer technology and instruments that balance the spine. Some techniques work better for some people than others, but the important thing is to find the one that works best for you and to utilize that care as a part of your lifestyle.
The best news of all is that chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care, with extremely low incidences of malpractice and patient injury. Aside from the occasional scare campaign by special interest dinosaur groups, chiropractors work very well with all types of physicians to do what is in the best interest of their patients.
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