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Finding a Guelph Chiropractor – 10 Things to Help With Your Treatment

February 28, 2011

Eating well is part of your blueprint to good health

In this third and final installment about chiropractic treatment in Guelph I’m going to focus on what you can do  both as a patient and a person to get the most benefit from your treatment.

1)  Have a plan – I have always remembered the phrase “failing to plan is like planning to fail”.  I first heard it in my teens when I was learning to become a swimming instructor.   It meant that for every lesson I was to teach I needed a plan to follow in order to not only avoid getting lost along the way, but to also do my best.  The same applies when addressing your health.  Whether you have an ache or pain, or you simply want to improve your health, setting out a plan is an important part of that.  Identifying goals and benchmarks helps to set out a blueprint for achievement.

2)  Stick to the plan – A plan is only as good as it’s execution.  If you don’t follow it the results may not happen the way you were hoping (see Stay Positive below).  For example, antibiotics can be a wonderful tool when indicated.  Your medical doctor will give them as  a specific prescription.  A prescription is nothing more than a plan which states how much/how often/for how long of a particular medicine.  If, when feeling better, you stop taking the medication before the plan says to, the bacteria may not be completely eradicated and come back even stronger than before.  Similarly with chiropractic care, just because the symptoms have abated does not mean that the underlying cause has been fixed.  To better avoid relapses it’s best to stick to the plan.

3)  Stay active – Your body is meant to move.  It’s good for your joints, your muscles, your bones, your heart, your lungs, your circulation, your sense of well being, your memory, your balance…

4)  Stretch – Take time throughout the day to stretch out those areas that tighten up.  Hold each stretch for 10-20 seconds and focus on feeling the muscles relax (see the previous post on stretching).

5)  Stay hydrated – You’ve heard it time and again:  the majority of your body is composed of water.  Water helps to keep our blood flowing, our muscles pumping and our nerves conducting.  Water also helps to transmit the multitude of hormone and chemical signals that run through us daily as well as helping to clean out any of our waste products.  To help with all of that, make sure that you drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcohol, low sugar fluids throughout the day.  In other words…drink water.  It’s good for you.

6)  Stay rested – On average most people require between six and eight hours of good sleep per day.  Yes, some need more and some less.  Whatever you know to be your “right” amount, be sure to get it.  Sleep is the time when your body and brain have a chance to get some housecleaning and repair work done.  If you don’t allow for that daily rest you inhibit your recovery and healing process.

7)  Stay positive – Studies in the world of psychology are confirming that the way you think has a great impact on how your body functions.  While it’s important to be realistic about your recovery from injury (most of the time there is no “quick fix”) it’s equally important to keep faith in your body’s capacity to heal and return to good health if you give it the chance.

8)  Eat Well – If you build your house out of straw it can easily be blown down.  If you build your house out of bricks it’s strong, durable, resilient.  Eat foods that are healthy and provide a solid foundation for your body to maintain itself:  fruits and vegetables, whole grains, sustainably raised meats, fish, poultry, non-processed, low in sugar.  (Don’t eat bricks.)

9)  Reduce Stress –  I touched on this point back in a post about headaches.  Stress comes in many forms.  The most commonly recognized is psychological stress arising from our relationships with others as well as ourselves. One way manage stress is to try and maintain good open/honest relationships with family/friends/coworkers.  It doesn’t mean that you won’t ever disagree with them.  Rather, when you do, you can work things out so that negative emotions don’t build up.  Another point on stress is to relax. Take time each day and do some active relaxation to reduce the mental load you’re carrying around.  Meditation, deep breathing, prayer, and yoga are just some of the activities to help.

10)  Stay Informed – If you’re wondering about what’s going on with your body and your health, ask your health care providers.  I enjoy talking with patients who are curious about different aspects of their health and want to make positive changes in their lifestyle habits.  Often to supplement our discussions I’ll recommend some reading from our clinic’s lending library.  When in doubt, ask.  Knowledge is power.

For more information on how to get the most benefit from your Guelph chiropractor please contact Clear Path Chiropractic Health Centre.

Photo Credit:  saltyseadog

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