Wellness chiropractic is an important component of overall health. Wellness chiropractic treatment can maintain improvements made during active care chiropractic treatment. Although Chiropractic is often considered a reactive treatment, “Wellness chiropractic care” is viewed as preventative or maintenance care.
Difference between Active Care and Wellness Care
The purpose of active care is to relieve pain. This is done through chiropractic adjustments and may involve other therapeutic modalities as well. The relief component of active care is often focused on restoring some joint function and decreasing inflammation. After relief, the goal for treatment is usually to correct faulty muscle patterns, strengthening weak muscles, and addressing any tight muscles that may be contributing to joint functionality. This is known as the correction component of active care. At our Rochester NY clinic, this conversation is often addressed in simple language. As we adjust and advise our patients we routinely ask how they’re feeling and share what steps we’re taking for adjustment and why. During corrective care, exercises are incorporated to strengthen and stretch relevant muscles. The stabilization part of treatment occurs after the joint function has been restored and muscles are strong enough to prevent recurring injury.
In my opinion, the most effective “active chiropractic care treatment” is followed by wellness chiropractic treatment plan. Chiropractic care ensures that improvements made during treatment are sustained and periodic evaluations allow the doctor to observe, address and treat abnormalities in the spine before they become well established. Chiropractic prevents future relapses from occurring. Chiropractic also maintains the spine’s healthy condition, after active care is completed. By comparison, many adults I know sleep with a dental retainer. They (or their parents) invested resources and time into aligning that beautiful smile. In many cases, those who keep it understand they need to use the advice their doctor provided. Scheduled chiropractic care addresses a similar need for other parts of your body that are in use, daily.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Both physical and emotional benefits can result from wellness chiropractic care.
Physical benefits include improved posture, increased function of joints, and reduced number of injuries. Improved posture is a benefit of chiropractic care. Improving posture and good posture, increase blood flow to crucial organs such as the lungs and heart. Good posture also alleviates tension carried in the shoulders and neck. Chiropractic care not only improves posture, it also enhances the function of the joints in the spine. Movement in the joints from wellness chiropractic adjustments can reduce the symptoms associated with arthritis. While chiropractic care may not reverse the affects of arthritis, it can help prevent it from progressing and consistent chiropractic care allows for more free movement of joints and reduced discomfort. For athletes, wellness chiropractic care enhances athletic performance. Wellness chiropractic adjustments also reduce injuries in athletes and non-athletes alike. The benefits of chiropractic adjustments aid in better overall health. Many of the high school and collage-age patients we treat are students and student-athletes at University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Monroe Community College.
Emotional benefits included reduced stress and increased life enjoyment. Often, the simple act of removing fear of recovering from daily injuries has assisted our Rochester patients to lead more active lives.
Is Chiropractic Right for You?
At Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic, we believe that chiropractic care is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. People who are looking to maintain treatment after active chiropractic care benefit greatly from regular chiropractic adjustments. Many healthy people looking to save money on healthcare costs benefit from chiropractic adjustments and those looking for an integrative approach to their health care should look at wellness chiropractic care as a viable option. Much like diet and exercise, wellness chiropractic adjustments can serve as a preventative therapy. There are physical, emotional, and financial benefits to maintaining a chiropractic treatment. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that wellness chiropractic care that is a part of integrated health plan results in a 51.8% decrease in pharmaceutical costs and in 43% fewer hospital admissions.
If you’re interested in learning how a Chiropractic wellness plan can benefit you, contact us at 585-321-3200.