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How often should you get a chiropractic check up?

Here’s a question I get all the time.

When should I come in again Doc?

It’s a great question – How often should you go to the chiropractor?

Let’s look at this like a scientist, like a biologist or anthropologist.

Evolution

As humans, we have been on this planet  for roughly 2.6 million years. Up until about 10,000 years ago, we were hunter and gathers. We walked an average of 8 – 12 kilometres a day. We sprinted occasionally, we ate what nature provided, we lifted heavy things once in a while, and we worked for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time we chilled out and played with our family, pursued hobbies like art, sculpture, we built things…we were creative creatures.

Back then, our spines received plenty of healthy movement and nutrition. We have the same genes as our paleolithic ancestors. Therefore, we have the same requirements as far as how we move, how we eat and how we deal with stress.

These days, we wake up in the morning and sit for breakfast. We get in our cars and sit while we drive to work, we get to our desks and sit, we sit at lunch, we sit on the drive home. We sit for dinner, then we sit in front of the TV or computer in the evening. That’s a lot of sitting. Even if we go to the gymnor go for a walk or run, most of our days are spent sitting.

We sit for an average of 35 years of our life.

Man watching TV

Our spines are designed to move. Chairs are a very new invention on the evolutionary scale of things.

The joints in our spine and all over our body are designed for movement. Movement is the lubricant. When our spines don’t move as much as they are designed to, they degenerate. If our muscles aren’t used enough, they atrophy and if our joints don’t move properly, they degenerate.

Because of the industrial lifestyle we lead these days we don’t provide our spines with the proper amount of required movement. Your spine is responsible for protecting the most valuable tissue of your body – your spinal cord and your nervous system. Without a healthy nervous system, your body won’t be functioning at 100 percent.

Did you know that movement of your spine affects your brain? Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Roger Sperry says that the spine is the windmill that drives the brain. According to his research “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” Only 10% of our brain’s energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing. Sperry demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity.

In Comes Chiropractic

Movement of the spine directly affects the nervous system through nerve endings called mechanorecptors. Our spine and our brain are interconnected to affect our health If your spine isn’t moving or lining up correctly, your body isn’t functioning at 100 percent.

A healthy spine should be strong AND flexible. It’s the mobility and flexibility that is important here. It’s great if you have good posture and all your spinal curves are in the right location, but if your spinal joints are not moving through their full range of motion, your spine is not 100% healthy. It will degenerate and decay.

When the spinal joints don’t move through their full range of motion, they begin to degenerate and become inflamed. This is what we call a subluxation. It’s like a cavity in your spine.

Steps to Success

First thing you must do is get a thorough spinal exam by a chiropractor. At Cactus Chiropractic Lifestyle Centre we do a complete spinal exam on day 1, measuring your spinal range of motion, your spinal functional ability and your individual spinal segments for restrictions and tenderness.

Our techniques at Cactus Chiropractic in Logan

Our techniques are gentle and effective

We also perform regular progress exams throughout your care plan to track your progress. Depending on the results of your exam, we determine the best care plan to get you the results you want. Care plans vary depending on the results of the exam.The more neglect and damage to your spine, the more care you may require  initially to get your spine healthy again. A thorough chiropractic exam measures the spinal joints for movement and alignment. X-rays can help locate areas of degeneration and decay, much like a dentist checks your teeth with the help of x-rays.

So how often should you see your chiropractor? Depending on how much degeneration, decay and lack of proper motion a care plan will be created specifically for you. This will include chiropractic adjustments, exercise and nutritional support.

Once you and your chiropractor establish as much proper motion in your spine as possible, a minimum of once a month is a great way to ensure that decay and scar tissue is not building up in your spine. Combine this routine with daily spinal hygiene exercises to and proper nutrition to keep your spine as healthy as possible to keep you active strong and reduce your chances of pain and degeneration.

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