Most patients who visit the Swansea Chiropractic Clinic are experiencing pain to varying degrees and I can usually help them with this. However, I always give advice on what they can do to avoid a recurrence. Whilst every patient is unique, there are lifestyle changes you can make today to avoid pain. Here are my top 5 tips:
1: Visit your chiropractor: Yes, I’m bound to say this but many patients only visit me when they have a problem and think that following treatment the pain won’t return. Whilst that is true in some instances regular adjustments can help spinal alignment, ease existing pain and prevent further problems arising. You’ll see from my other blogs that there is ample scientific evidence to support this. Think of it as similar to the regular maintenance that has to be carried out on your car. When you skip that maintenance things tend to go wrong.
2: Keep mobile: This particularly applies to those of you in sedentary jobs that have to sit at a desk or behind a wheel for large parts of your day. I’ve posted other blogs on this but it’s absolutely crucial to get up once every hour or so and stretch it out if you can. If you’re a driver, take regular breaks. Many countries now have legislation ensuring that employers allow their workers frequent time-outs to ensure spinal health and wellbeing. Walk around and loosen up a little and it’s more likely you’ll get through your day without pain.
3: Exercise: Linked to the above, but something that we can all do out of work is keep fit. Most of us know that exercise is good for us but specifically relating to chiropractic, it’s crucial to keep our joints mobilized. Even simple stretching is good. Keeping mobility within joints helps reduce degeneration and flushes toxins away. Yoga and Pilates are particularly recommended.
4: Stress: It’s surprising the number of patients I treat that have tension throughout their shoulders and neck and this is quite often brought about by high stress levels. Meditation techniques include deep breathing and clearing your head of thought. A few minutes a day can make a real difference. Getting plenty of sleep is a must.
5: Nutrition: Why is what we eat so important? Because the body can only repair itself and maintain levels of energy with the fuel we put into it. Using the car analogy again, if we use poor fuel the car won’t perform as well or as efficiently as it should. Try to move away from fast-food solutions. These days it’s easy to find online recipes using healthy ingredients such as fresh meat and vegetables that are easy to cook. If you want to take it all the way and go organic that’s up to you, but there’s no real requirement. Just buy the freshest ingredients you can and watch those additives! Read labels and avoid anything with high sugar or salt content. You’ll get a real kick out of preparing something yourself from scratch that’s good for you and enjoyable to eat.
Nobody can ever guarantee a pain-free life as there are too many variables between us as individuals. However, if you follow my Top 5 Tips you’ll be leading a healthier lifestyle that can only be a good thing when it comes to pain management and overall wellbeing.