Part Two… by: Adam Osenga D.C.

Last time, I introduced a couple of ways to live a healthier life and prevent some of the lifestyle diseases we face in America such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and high cholesterol.  Its not only about trying to prevent problems before they start but also being more active and functional.  Why you ask?  Think of the enjoyment you have being around your loved ones whether that is playing with your children, nieces/nephews or being a part of something bigger such volunteering with a group.  If we’re sick, tired and not moving well, we don’t enjoy anything!  Eating right and exercising are a great start, but they are only part of the picture.  Positive thinking which includes less stress and preventative Chiropractic Adjustments help round out a healthy lifestyle.  There are other things that help too such as going to the dentist twice a year for a check-up (poor oral health can have a lot to do with our nutrition) and a routine physical periodically.

Most people know that Chiropractic is great for neck and back pain.  It is important to note however that one visit typically does not fix the problem but it may bring tremendous relief.  Starting Chiropractic care is similar to working out.  Each visit builds on the next.  Here is a secret that most don’t know, Chiropractic has been shown to help things such as asthma, allergies, bed wetting, immune function, ear infections, breech positioning for babies just to name a few.  How can a back or neck adjustment help with some of those conditions?  Well, it can be simplified by anatomy lessons from high school.  The brain control and regulates all the functions in the body.  The brain talks with the body by way of the spinal cord.  The spinal cord is housed in the spine.  Slight misalignments in the spine can put pressure on nerves and disrupt the messages going to and from the brain.  How do you know if you have a misalignment? Get a check-up!  It is important to remind that Chiropractic doesn’t treat conditions but instead treats the body as a whole by the way of the nervous system.  Physical therapy and rehab are also important back health.   Tensed muscles continue to keep the bones misaligned and the pressure on the nerve.  Weak or tensed muscles don’t allow our bodies to move correctly either which furthers the problem in our back.  Chiropractic boiled down is about keeping the body in alignment so that the brain and body can connect.

Stress is a terrible thing that all most all of us experience.  In a short term, stress can be a motivator in which we respond to get a task done or perform a physical feat.  Stress over a long period becomes detrimental.  Our body releases a hormone called Cortisol which is good in small doses, but becomes a problem when it constantly being produced at high levels.  Excess amounts of cortisol can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, decreased immune response. So what happens when we are constantly under tremendous stress?  We tend to gain weight, we get sick more frequently and headaches can show up because our blood pressure goes up. After continued high levels being produced it causes the adrenal glands that produce the cortisol to become fatigued.  Different parts of this gland also produce hormones that help with our energy levels. In the end people under consistent high amounts of stress are potentially over weight, sick, high blood pressure and tired.  Here are a few suggestions to help lower your stress levels: plan ahead for the big projects, exercise, get a pet because they have been shown to help as well, and spend some time with friends just to name a few.

Those are just a few tips to hopefully live a more abundant life.  By no means is the list inclusive.  It is certainly worth trying if you aren’t moving well, feeling run down, sick or just not 100% of yourself.  Chiropractic encompasses the total body and focuses on eating well, moving well and thinking well.

NorthEast Chiropractic Center
6633 E. State Blvd. Ste 200, Fort Wayne IN 46815



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