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Find Stress Relief with Chiropractic Care

In today’s demanding, fast-paced society, it’s no wonder that so many people are desperate for stress relief. Unfortunately, many stressed out Americans turn to pharmaceutical treatments for anxiety, depression, and the inability to deal with stress. However, prescription medications can have dangerous side effects and addictive ingredients.

The good news is that chiropractic care has been proven to effectively treat stress and mood disorders in a completely safe and natural way. By treating your stress with chiropractic care, you don’t have to worry about side effects or dependency issues. 

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor is a trained specialist who has vast knowledge of the nervous system and uses this knowledge to adjust a wide array of ailments by manipulating the spine and musculoskeletal structure. Many people suffer from subluxation, or misalignment of the spine. Because the spine controls the entire nervous system, this subluxation can wreak havoc on various parts of your body, including your brain. This can result in stress and mood disorders that are exacerbated by the existing stress of daily life. 

How Can a Chiropractor Eliminate Stress?

When the mind is stressed, numerous serious ailments can develop, ranging from sleep disorders to heart disease. When a chiropractor adjusts your spine, he or she is healing you by allowing your body to have full, undisrupted communication within itself. This means nerve communication and blood and nutrient flow have zero problem getting from point A to point B. This results in a body that is in a much more relaxed state. When the body is in a relaxed state, it can process and manage stress much more easily.

Many people have a misaligned cervical spine. The cervical spine is the top portion of your spine that connects to your skull. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, the nervous system has trouble communicating with the brain, which can result in mood disorders and feelings of overwhelming stress.

By adjusting the cervical spine back into alignment, your brain will be able to communicate with the nervous system efficiently, resulting in a balanced state between the mind and body.

What Can I Expect from Chiropractic Care?

When you make your first appointment with a chiropractor, he or she will assess the severity of your spinal misalignment. From there, he or she will suggest how often you need to receive an adjustment per week.

A spinal adjustment is painless, quick and completely safe. Gradually, your chiropractor will manipulate your spine back into alignment through various gentle adjustment techniques.

If you are desperate for stress relief and are looking to enhance your overall health and wellness, you can contact Summit Chiropractic and Sports Institute today at (509) 922-1909. Stress doesn’t have to control your life, and with the power of chiropractic care, you will be able to manage your daily stress better than ever before.

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6 Tips to Avoiding Overuse Injuries

Spokane Valley is a wonderful place to work out and stay in shape. If exercise is your forte, you want to be careful to avoid overuse injuries. Overuse injuries occur gradually as physical stress remodels structures such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. Remodeling involves both the breaking down and the building up of tissue. When breaking down occurs faster than building up, overuse injuries take place. At that point, you will probably need to seek Chiropractic care. Luckily, there are ways to avoid these injuries.

  1. Don’t push through the pain

We’ve all heard the phrase, “no pain, no gain.” When it comes to discomforts like back and leg pain, it simply doesn’t apply. The more you push yourself, the more likely you are to put negative stress on your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This could lead to a debilitating overuse injury. Use pain as an indicator for when to stop or slow down.

  1. Follow the 10 percent rule

Every athlete wants to improve her or his speed and strength. It can be tempting to take yourself to the next level and cause an injury. That is why experts suggest increasing your training no more than 10 percent per week. Don’t forget about the first rule. If increasing by 10 percent causes you pain, ease off on the training or activity a little more.

  1. Alternate training days

If you train extra hard every day, the stress you put on your body may very well lead to discomfort such as back and leg pain. Instead, work hard one day and take it a little easier the next. You can also alternate which parts of your body you train. If you develop pain that does not go away when you cut back on your routine, seek Chiropractic assessment and treatment.

  1. Replace your running shoes regularly

It’s a good idea to replace your running shoes every 500 miles. Beyond that, shoes lose their ability to absorb shock which can lead to an overuse injury of the legs and feet. Also, avoid running more than 45 miles per week. Running farther will not increase your stamina, and may only increase the chances of hurting yourself.

  1. Warm up and cool down

Start your workout with a light jog. Then proceed to gentle stretching to prepare yourself for more vigorous activity. After you have finished your workout, cool down by walking, stretching or doing yoga.

  1. Talk to your doctor or chiropractor regularly

If you’re starting a new exercise routine, tell your doctor or chiropractor about it. He or she can examine you for risk factors and tell you how to work out safely. For women, your physician might also suggest adding a calcium supplement to reduce the risk of stress fractures.

Working out is good for your health, but you don’t want to suffer a painful overuse injury. These tips can help you avoid being hurt.

Summit Chiropractic and Sports Institute offers a wide range of services for athletes and fitness enthusiasts who want to improve their performance. Call us at (509) 922-1909 to find out more.