New Year, New You: How Chiropractic Care Can Contribute to a Healthy Lifestyle

Incorporating chiropractic care into your routine can offer a holistic approach to maintaining overall health and well-being. Chiropractic adjustments can contribute to improved mobility, reduced pain, and enhanced flexibility. Regular chiropractic sessions may also help alleviate stress and tension, promoting a sense of relaxation and improved quality of life. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Hillary Hushower to learn more about how chiropractic care can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Q: How can chiropractic care help achieve improved posture & reduce back pain?

A: A trained chiropractor will assess the spine through an exam, x-rays, or posture analysis to see the root problem to give a tailored plan that can optimize your posture reducing back pain. 

Q: What specific exercises or stretches can I  incorporate to help improve my overall flexibility and mobility?

A: Huge fan of yoga & daily stretching. Your chiro can give you ideas of what specifically you need to do or just a general yoga class or stretching class can be helpful for flexibility or mobility. 

Q: Can you recommend any ergonomic changes to my work or home environment to support preventing future injuries and promoting overall well-being?

A: Make sure if you’re looking at a computer, your eyes are in the middle of the screen make sure if it’s a laptop, you’re propping it up and get an external keyboard that way you can be sitting at 90 degrees looking straight into the screen. You can use a book to prop up to bring it up to eye level and have an external mouse or keyboard if you’re working for more than an hour or so. Stay away from working from the bed or couch and stick to a more traditional desk, kitchen counter, or dining room table. 

Q: Are there any specific dietary or lifestyle recommendations you have that can complement my overall health and wellness?

A: Getting enough sleep, increasing water, and general activity/movement.

Q: How can chiropractic care help manage stress and mental well-being?

A: Trained chiro looks at the nervous system. The sympathetic or parasympathetic. A lot of us are in a flight or fight mode and that is the sympathetic nervous system. Try to push that down and bring up the parasympathetic (the rest, digest, relax) getting those two nervous systems more equal, which will help with stress levels and mental well-being. If someone isn’t feeling good or is super tired or in pain that can weigh on the emotional stress, and mental stress and can affect home-life/work-life balance. 

Q: Can you provide any resources or support to help stay motivated and focused throughout the year?

A: Join classes where you can be around people, and get friends to go with you. Have a set day you go. Get someone to do walking, even during a lunch break. It gets so dark early people tend to be less active, so find a workout buddy or friend or someone who can do stretches or yoga classes with you. There are so many free ones you can watch on Netflix.

Q: How can I integrate chiropractic care into my routine to maintain long-term health and wellness?

A: Have a complete chiro workup. It doesn’t have to be because you are in pain. We love preventative care, so look at your nervous system, your spine, and your posture and be more preventative like you would with your house or your car. Let’s see what’s going on before you have pain. Can help prevent injuries when you start working out in the new year. So if your body is misaligned you’ll be more apt to get injured, but if everything is lined up and the nervous system is optimal and working 100%, you may be a little sore, but won’t be in pain or have setbacks with workouts. Watching your posture is huge because can affect your health as well. When patients have long-term chronic bad posture it can change the structure of their spine and ribcage and can lead to decreased amount of breath work, can’t sit up straight and our body needs as much oxygen as it can to function daily.