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Maintenance Care

The goal of chiropractic care is to maintain a healthy spine, nervous system, mind, and body so we can naturally heal and adapt to problems that occur in everyday life. We are training the body to sustain a healthy and flexible position. This is why at the beginning of care a patient often has to be adjusted on a more frequent basis. As the spine begins to learn how to be healthy and flexible adjustments are needed less often to keep homeostasis.

So besides regular adjustments, what can one do to aid the spine in vitality? A healthy lifestyle! Just like the poster at my dentist’s office reads, “You Don’t Have to Brush All of Your Teeth, Just the Ones You Want to Keep Healthy”, the same wisdom is true for your spine.

Healthy Habits to Maintain Your Spine

Exercise – Great posture 24 hours a day, lifting weights, cardio, and keep sitting still to a minimum.
Diet – Organic and FRESH fruits, veggies, and protein. Keep far, far away from all processed foods. Drink plenty of purified water. Even mild dehydration can wreak havoc.
Sleep – Some need 10 hours, some need 6 hours. Listen to your body. What is the optimal sleep time for you? Make sure you are getting it.
Positive Mental Attitude – Is the glass half full or half empty? Surround yourself with happiness, beauty, and love. Think good things, feel good thoughts, and they are returned back to you exponentially. This effect will show not only in your mind, but also in your body. Remember, your brain is the most powerful pharmacy in the world. It automatically gives out a happy pill with every heartfelt smile.

Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to your loved ones!

Questions? Call me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Norcross @ 770-993-3200.

Should I Exercise Before or After My Adjustment?

I get asked this question often. Should I get adjusted before I work out or should I get adjusted after my workout in case I do something goofy in the gym? I am on the bus that gets my adjustment BEFORE my work out. Here is why…

First, adjustments can give pain relief. Removing pressure on the nerves is going to help a person feel better. When misalignments are corrected in the body it allows for a more efficient workout and allows for increased flexibility.

Second, the muscles should be evenly balanced for optimal health. If a person is having painful symptoms that the chiropractor is working to alleviate, then working out before the adjustment may exacerbate the pain and discomfort. Imagine working out with one high heel on one foot and a sneaker on the other. What would that feel like? This is the equivalent to exercising while the body is out of balance.

Lastly, adjustments help the muscles relax. Tight muscles lead to strains, sprains, tears, and breaks. Relaxed muscles help to avoid injury. Injuries will keep one out of the gym for days, weeks, months, or more.
When in doubt, get adjusted before you go running, play tennis, hit the driving range, bike on the trails, or whatever fun exercise you like to do.

Questions? Call me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Roswell, Johns Creek, and Alpharetta. 770-993-3200