Maintenance care & Athlete performance enhancement

The importance of receiving regular spinal manipulation therapy

Depending on your daily mental and physical stressors, spinal manipulation and cold stress therapy on a regular-routine basis may significantly reduce the risk for developing poor posture, back and neck pain, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Individuals who receive regular spinal manipulation at intervals between 1 to 3 months can reduce the number of days with acute low back pain episodes and increase the length of pain-free periods. As a result, maintenance care patients experience fewer days with lower back pain than patients invited to contact their chiropractor “when needed”. 

Recurrent (episodic) or persistent back and neck pain sufferers who react well to the initial spinal manipulation treatment, then those who improve by the 4th spinal manipulation session, respond well to maintenance care. Spinal pain is a recurrent disorder with exacerbations and remissions throughout a human’s life.

Furthermore, routine spinal manipulation of asymptomatic individuals once per month may slow down the progression of spinal degeneration and associated muscle weakness and encourage a normal range of spine motion. Immobility of the spine and joints is related to the onset of spinal degeneration, neural degeneration, neuroplastic changes, and muscular atrophy and weakness at an average of 2 to 4 weeks. 

In addition, arthrogenic muscle inhibition is an ongoing neural inhibition that can prevent your healthy spine muscles from fully activating, even if you are pain-free. Repetitive postural straining-poor posture, overuse, and trauma to your spine are some causes and contributing factors.

That is to say, athletes and the active individual must understand that a dysfunctional spine segment or a “misalignment” can cause significant weakness of your healthy spine and limb muscles via shared nerve supply-segmental innervation, even if the dysfunctional spinal joint does not present with pain or other symptoms.

Further, maintenance care may achieve the best health with exercise therapy, diet, and nutritional counselling, especially with routine cold stress therapy.

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