There has been a strong social emphasis in recent times around the subject of self-care. In these busy modern times, it is easy to get lost in our professional pursuits and day to day activities, leaving little time for any kind of real self-care.
As appealing as a bottle of wine and some couch time sounds, it may not be showing yourself effective self-care. Although it is ok to indulge from time to time, too much of this type of self-care could be doing more harm than good long term.
As much as we tell ourselves we are coping with our workloads and stress levels, the statistics show that we may not be coping with our current western lifestyles very well at all.
Is our modern lifestyle killing us?
We have developed a work culture that celebrates exhaustion. Our current professional culture seems to glorify people who push themselves to breaking point working well beyond a standard work week, getting poor sleep quality, and not engaging in enough physical activity.
It is almost like working ourselves to exhaustion, suffering sleep deprivation and risking burnouts has become a badge of honour.
The world has recently experienced the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic; however, there are a few other “pandemics” that fail to gain much press, and they have been slowly harming our collective health a lot longer than Covid-19.
Some of the main offenders are sedentary lifestyle, sleep deprivation, excess stress and poor dietary choices. The most significant difference with these particular pandemics is that we are creating them for ourselves, and it could be sending us to an early grave.
A study conducted in 2017 suggested that only 21-per cent of adults were meeting their recommended weekly targets for exercise with fewer than five per cent performing 30-minutes of physical activity a day, the minimum recommended by medical experts.
These stats are putting us at a significantly greater risk of developing severe health conditions such as:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Arthritic and inflammation conditions
- Reduced cognitive function
- Poor posture
- Spinal conditions and more
There have even been links made between our sedentary lifestyle and certain cancers and several other conditions linked to premature mortality.
A sedentary lifestyle has also been linked to making poor dietary choices, affecting our sleep quality and contributing to less motivation to exercise.
All of this becomes a negative cycle of continuous stress on the body that slowly brings your system out of balance and homeostasis, resulting in disease. Many of these serious health concerns can be tackled with an honest assessment of one’s lifestyle and making the necessary adjustments.
This could involve an improved diet focusing on wholefoods, a more regimented sleeping schedule, a minimum of 30-minutes exercise a day and more attention spent on getting up from our work stations and stretching our body at set intervals. Just like bad habits, good habits are formed by repetition and consistency.
You can do other things to give yourself real, effective self-care that may help you stay on the path to a healthier life. Having regular chiropractic adjustments, for instance, has been linked to a wide range of benefits.
The benefits of regular chiropractic & osteopathic adjustment
Although it won’t compensate for a general holistic improvement in lifestyle, a regular adjustment by a chiropractor or osteopath could be a way to assist you in reaching your goals by ensuring your body is in better alignment and balance.
Read on to learn more about some of the benefits you may receive from a regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustment.
Reduced neck & back pain
People who spend a lot of time in an office environment often complain about neck and back pain—feeling chronic stiffness and soreness can be very demotivating if you have decided to start exercising more. Too much time sitting can inflame old injuries and conditions like sciatica and scoliosis.
These conditions will not only contribute to you not achieving your new lifestyle goals; they also create physical and emotional stress triggering your brain to produce excess stress hormone cortisol levels.
This excess cortisol can, in turn, trigger further inflammation and poorer sleep quality, which adds additional stress and anxiety to your life; a vicious cycle to say the least.
A chiropractic adjustment can help loosen up stiff joints and achieve more body balance to help assist you in sticking to your exercise and health care regime.
The team here at Ace Sports Clinic offer customised services to help you achieve your personal lifestyle goals and get your body on track to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Other benefits of regular chiropractic adjustment
There is a myriad of other potential benefits to booking in a regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustment that could help you create more effective healthcare strategies.
Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Reduced inflammation
- Headache relief
- Improved symptoms of neurological conditions
- Improved athletic performance
- Increased energy levels
- Increased range of movement
Although chiropractic techniques are still being studied, millions of people worldwide from all walks of life use chiropractic and osteopathic treatments to help them live their best life.
The team here at Ace Sports Clinic are dedicated to remaining at the forefront of chiropractic treatment and providing tailor-made therapies that align with each individual’s unique lifestyle, personal goals and health conditions.
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Having a regular chiropractic adjustment can go a long way in helping you provide yourself with effective self-care.
You and your body have a lot of living to do. Every positive step you take towards giving your body better rest, healthy fuel and loving attention will help you perform at your best, and negate some of the health risks that accompany a busy modern life.