Proactive Chiropractic Care Can Prevent Serious Injury and Illness

January 5, 2009 · Print This Article

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In today’s fast paced society, so many of us glide through life without paying attention to what we eat and drink or how much (or little) we move around. We learn to survive on less and less sleep at night and we are stressed with work obligations and children’s social schedules. Normally we do not slow down until we get sick from being so tired and run down.

Rather than being forced to slow down because of illness or injury, learning how to be proactive with your own health can actually prevent sickness in the first place. This is the philosophy that doctors of chiropractic subscribe to: everything in the body is connected so taking care of the entire body rather than just one part or symptom will lead to a healthier person.

(photo credit – Graham King)

More About Chiropractic Philosophy

In addition to treating the body as a whole, chiropractic philosophy also adheres to the following principles:

Conservatism – emphasizing noninvasive treatments over traditional clinical treatments to minimize risk to the patient. With most illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening, there are usually multiple treatment options but they all come with some risk to the patient. Generally noninvasive treatments are safer and are worth investigating to see if the benefits outweigh the risks of the treatment.

Holism – the belief that everything in a person’s environment can affect their health. Even the traditional medical experts agree that what we put into our bodies has a profound effect on our health. The phrase “all natural” has found its way into many different packaged products from health foods to household cleaners reflecting our efforts to decrease our exposure to toxic substances.

Homeostasis – the belief that the body has self-healing abilities. Your body was created to regulate such things as blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate. How many times have you heard stories of people with significant weight loss not needing any of their medications anymore? With exercise and dietary changes the stories abound of pre-diabetics who are no longer at risk because they are controlling their blood sugar naturally.

In essence, doctors of chiropractic treat the patient rather than the patient’s illness. They teach their patients how to live more naturally, how to eat properly and how to add exercise into their lives in an effort to proactively ward off illness.

Examples of Being Proactive

How many of us know somebody who has a “bad back” or who regularly injures their back doing what seems to be a very simple activity? If you do not take care of your back, one small move can cause severe pain and it could takes weeks of chiropractic treatments before you feel back to normal.

Rather than risk the pain, be proactive by doing strength exercises for both the back and the deep abdominal muscles. These core muscles help stabilize the back to prevent injuries and just a few minutes a day of exercise can help prevent a painful back injury.

Taking Control of Your Life

The word “proactive” simply means taking control of a situation and making smart choices before problems arise. Taking control of your health – or being proactive – can lead to many years of good health.

About The Author

Sunnyvale Chiropractic Care by Dr. Pamela WellsDr. Pamela Wells is a Sunnyvale Chiropractor. Dr. Wells is well known for her thorough consultations and examinations as well as her uncompromising standards. She believes that in order to provide the best service, you must start with a thorough understanding of the patient’s condition (diagnosis) and healthcare goals. She uses a variety of Chiropractic adjustive techniques and therapies, and chooses those that work best for the patient’s individual needs.


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