The importance of health and wellness is significant in everyday life. There are primary components of health and fitness and secondary components. Primary components of health related fitness consist of four main topics, which include: cardiorespiratory capacity, muscular capacity, flexibility, and body composition. Each part affects different aspects of health, fitness and wellness. Secondary components of fitness include seven different types of performance-based fitness, which are necessary for daily functioning and incorporated in all physical activity.
Health and wellness fit together but are also very different. Health is included in every human being and is constantly changing over time. Health can be considered good or bad, depending on whether or not a person is sick with an illness, cold, or contains bacteria. Health is also broken up into four separate types involving social health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health. Wellness however, can depend on the person. Some people have the drive to obtain wellness in their daily life. Wellness is determined by a person’s own responsibility on living out a healthy life style. Goals for wellness can be set and achieved when working out, eating healthy, or even trying to diet.
Chiropractors are trained medical specialists, who perform spinal adjustments on the spine. By releasing these stresses on the spine, the body is then capable to recuperate from sickness.
Most of us are not aware that most of our illnesses are rooted to a misaligned spinal column. This leads us to feel soreness on our necks, shoulders, backs, arms, joints, hips, knees and legs. When we have this pain, we just resort to taking a pill that will temporarily give us relief. However, the pain keeps on coming back.
Chiropractors are the only medical professionals, who understand this. They were trained to put our spinal column in its proper position.
Prompt attention on this matter is required so as not to aggravate the soreness. Chiropractic care solves this soreness for us via spinal adjustment. If spinal adjustment was sought immediately, the patient will feel the big change in his body. The soreness and pains that he complains about will be gone. The treatment may last for a day or two or even weeks and months. This will rely on the gravity of the damage. One thing is sure though, the patient will be relieved of the pain and finally winning it over.
Some patients felt sore after their initial treatment. Do not be bothered by this. It normally happens if the misalignment has been there for a long period. If this is the case, the patient will feel better after a few treatments. As they continue with the management, their muscles and joints will relax allowing the blood to flow freely and normally. It will also boost their immune system.
Chiropractic benefits everyone. Chiropractors can treat you of any pain regardless of your age, sex, race or profession. Even people who suffer from migraine, victims of car mishaps, sports people, pregnant women, etc. can be helped by chiropractic care. Old or new injuries can be eliminated through spinal manipulation.
Our spinal column needs to be aligned in order for us to be able to work effectively. The activities that we do day in and day out and the stresses that we have to live with affects our musculoskeletal and nervous system. This brings disturbances in the spine resulting to damage and finally tenderness and pain seeps in our body.
Sciatica is a common problem that is reported in individuals of all age groups and is characterized by disabling, sharp and shooting pain that originates at or around the buttock region and travels to one or both limbs to cause limitation of movement due to excruciating (or at times dull pain), tingling sensation of limbs, numbness along the side of involved limbs and/or loss of sensation or impaired sensation around the hip region or limbs.
Sciatica is a symptom and not a problem by itself. It is seen in the setting of multiple pathologic processes that involves compression of the sciatic nerve during, before or after its passage from the sciatic foramen. Some common causes include lumbar disc herniation, disorders of intervertebral discs, herniation of nucleus pulposus (also called a slipped disc in common terms), long standing chronic constipation and trauma to the hip region, priformis syndrome or tumor, diabetes and other metabolic issues.
The aim of treating sciatica is to treat the primary cause of pain. In some cases, significant changes in body fluids may also cause sciatica like pregnancy. Although, with organic and serious pathology a lot of treatment options are available, but in pregnant women and lactating moms, only limited number of options are available. Moreover, since most pregnant moms develop transient or temporary sciatica due to excessive plasma volume and weight gain issues that resolves spontaneously after delivery; chiropractic treatment is the best remedy to provide symptomatic relief without using any pharmacologic medications. Similarly, old and frail patients who are not likely candidates for surgical procedures can also benefit from alternative therapies like chiropractic and physical therapy for a symptom-free life.
The aim of chiropractic therapy is to stabilize the bones and muscles of the body in the best possible natural position in order to give the body appropriate time to heal naturally. All chiropractic exercises and therapies are aimed at limiting the movement across injured or damaged tissues and at the same time, improving the blood circulation in the region so the injury muscles can heal and inflammatory mediators can be washed away.
Some basic chiropractic treatment modalities commonly employed for the treatment of sciatica include traction exercises, manual therapy of soft tissues and, therapeutic stretching exercises.
Therapeutic traction exercises use special apparatus and devices that aim at improving the stability of the vertebral column and parts of axial skeleton in order to separate the vertebral bodies for proper healing of muscles around inflamed vertebral bodies. They separate the vertebral bodies in order to make some room to avoid nerve compression. For best results, it is advised to perform these exercises under the supervision of your chiropractor.