• Great Reasons to See a Chiropractor Even If You Aren’t in Pain

    on Dec 29th, 2017

Although most people make their first appointment with a chiropractor to get help with lower back pain, chronic headaches, or persistent neck pain, you don’t have to be experiencing pain or discomfort to benefit from routine chiropractic care.

That’s because chiropractors take a whole-person approach to well-being that recognizes the many factors that influence your health, including diet, exercise, environment, sleep, stress, and genetics.

Chiropractic care uses spinal manipulation to make structural adjustments that promote optimal functionality and mobility, restore balance, and encourage your body’s natural healing systems. It also incorporates therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, massage, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle counseling to help you improve your health and avoid future pain and dysfunction.  


At Advanced Wellness of Westfield in Westfield, New Jersey, we’re passionate about two things: Helping people restore optimal health when they’re injured or in pain, and helping those who are healthy stay that way.

Read on to learn more about the many potential benefits of routine chiropractic care.


Dysfunction occurs long before it causes pain

Just as many people see their primary care physician only when they’re sick, many people come to the chiropractor’s office to address an ongoing pain problem. The trouble is, pain is typically the last symptom of an underlying dysfunction that’s been present for far longer than the pain itself.

Think of it this way: An absence of pain isn’t an indication of good health — it doesn’t mean that everything is in good working order. Your back can be unstable for years before you start experiencing chronic lower back pain, just as your body can compensate for poor posture long before you start experiencing persistent neck pain.

A chiropractor can assess both your posture and the mechanics of your spine to help diagnose a potential problem before it has a chance to take root and grow into something that affects your mobility and overall health.


Chiropractors take a whole-person approach to health

While chiropractic care is designed to alleviate pain and other symptoms, it’s primary goal is to address all of the underlying components that contribute to a problem or disease state.

As such, chiropractors know about a lot more than your backbone — they can help you understand how stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, inactivity, ergonomics, and other aspects of your lifestyle can contribute to a health problem, and give you advice on how to shift those behaviors for optimal health.

So when you come into our office for a routine appointment and we notice that you have a misalignment in your lower back and a weak core, we give you some exercises to strengthen your core and offer advice on changes you can make at work or in your day-to-day life to decrease or prevent spinal stress.


Regular chiropractic care can help you sleep better

If you suffer from regular sleep disturbances — and who doesn’t these days? — regular chiropractic care can help you get the sleep your body needs, naturally. Whether you find it difficult to fall asleep when it’s bedtime or you routinely wake throughout the night, a little hands-on manipulation can turn your sleep world around.

As many as one-third of all chiropractic patients report immediate sleep improvement following chiropractic care, and for good reason: Spinal adjustments alleviate nerve stress, which can help you feel more relaxed and in control of your body.


What’s more, a chiropractor can give you expert, personalized advice on the best sleep position for you, what type of mattress you should use, and the importance of optimal pillow placement.

Like everything else chiropractic care delivers, improved sleep is always achieved naturally, without the use of prescription medications.  


Regular chiropractic care can alleviate stress

Stress comes in many forms. Work performance, family obligations, financial worries, time constraints, a never-ending news cycle, and the constant struggle for balance are just a few sources of stress that most people face every day.

No matter what causes you to feel stressed, chances are you store the emotions related to that stress in your neck and shoulders. Regular chiropractic care can prevent that stored stress from becoming an actual pain in your neck or leaving you with chronic headaches.

Hands-on adjustments relax your body, provide release, and relieve the kind of spinal nerve stress that can contribute to tension headaches, migraines, neck pain, and shoulder pain. You don’t have to reach the point of pain to break the cycle of stress-induced pain — you can stop it before it begins!   


Chiropractic care can improve physical performance

Chiropractors are never far from major athletes and sports teams, and for good reason: Routine chiropractic care can help prevent sports-related injuries, speed injury recovery, improve balance and coordination, and fine-tune physical performance.

Professional athletes value chiropractic care because they’ve long known that chiropractors are the ultimate movement specialists.


In addition to taking a hands-on approach in promoting optimal alignment and nerve function, chiropractors consider all aspects of musculoskeletal health to address any imbalance that may cause poor performance or lead to injury.  

Chiropractors are experts in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, and often know exactly what type of movement your body needs to improve strength and mobility and progress to the next level.  

But you don’t have to be an elite athlete to receive the physical benefits of regular chiropractic care. Finding proper alignment and addressing your body’s unique musculoskeletal issues can help you be a better walker, runner, swimmer, or cyclist. It can also make strength-training sessions more productive and help you get the most out of your yoga or Pilates class.

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