Published on May 21, 2014
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Plain and simple, your body needs to have a period of recovery following a workout, both to give you the rest you deserve from the energy extended, as well as to repair itself from the beating you just gave it. But is that enough to fully recover, and to counteract the potential long-term effects of all that exercising?
Thanks to all the constant motion, impact, and body mechanics of load lifting involved during weight training and other exercise, there's a chance that over a period of time, the structure of your body can be out of alignment.
In that event, one of your options, and speaking from experience a GREAT option, is seeking the attention and care of a good, licensed doctor of chiropractic care. I recently took a trip to visit West End Chiropractic with Wellki Chief Editor Nick Nelson. While there, Nick was able to go through an initial client consultation with Dr. Dana Schomberg, getting a full rundown of what chiropractic care entails -- including the benefits of regular visits to help your body stay fully aligned.
Think about all the times, either after grueling workouts or lengthy athletic activities, that you were sore or achy the next day. I'll bet there's a high possibility that you didn't allow yourself full recovery before walking around, heading to work, maybe even exercising or competing again. In the event that you favored one leg with a slight limp, or attempted to 'walk off' the achy joint area, what's happening there is that your entire body is shifting, ever so slightly. The staff of doctors at West End Chiropractic, situated in lovely St. Louis Park, MN, provide a detailed description as to why chiropractic care can resolve any issues associated with these shifts:
"The purpose of this procedure is to increase mobility and remove restrictions called subluxations in the joints of the body by applying a controlled and measured force to the joints. Joints of the body become restricted as a result of a single traumatic injury such as whiplash injury or a fall. Subluxations can also result from repetitive activities such as improper lifting and poor posture, over an extended period of time. "Chiropractic Adjustments" or "Spinal Manipulation", as they are commonly known, remove the subluxation from the joint thereby restoring normal mobility and joint position and eliminating the associated pain and discomfort."
There's quite a few bones in the human body, and with it comes joints, ligaments, muscles and everything else that holds everything together. And during these slight shifts, your body is coming out of alignment. For your muscles, it's always good to massage out any soreness, but what about your joints and joint connective tissue?
Too often when people think of heading to the chiropractor, they may think of getting cracked and twisted out of proportion. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Going through a routine alignment visit is calming, relaxing, and invigorating full-body experience. Look at it more as a great way to recover from all the twists and cracks of NORMAL, daily living. There are very many physicians and researches out there that are starting to view the industry as a safer alternative to medicines; even surgery. I try to make it a point to head in to the chiropractor every month, just to make sure my body is running on all cylinders, and free of any range-of-motion issues.
I can tell you from personal experience that seeking the care of a great chiropractor has helped me out a few times in my life. After experiencing back and hip issues after college, the help of a good chiropractor slowly helped ease the pain of joint issues. One day, I simply was walking around, free of pain. It was like the injury was never a part of my life!
Likewise when I was experiencing lots of ankle pain, thanks to years and years of athletic experiences -- as well as too often trying to get back on the field before being fully recovered from injury. After chiropractic rehabilitation, I'm currently walking with a normal stride, fully equipped with better strategies for injury prevention -- all learned by making regular chiropractic visits.
If you're skeptical at all, or weren't quite sure if chiropractic care is something for you, be sure take a look at the videos either here, or at Wellki's YouTube channel to put your mind at ease -- and get you fast on the road to full-body recovery.
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