I just wanted to jot down a few words about the weather and its relationship to chiropractic.
Most of us recognize the relationship between chiropractic and snow.
Really? I ask, rhetorically.
Well, there’s the idea of people who might slip in the snow and wrench their back. Or the unfortunate auto accident.
These are situations that are real. We chiropractors are all too familiar with them.
But!!! I think that despite the incredible help people receive from chiropractic care, as a result of these mishaps, the greatest benefit a patient, or practice member, receives is the correction of subluxations.
Chiropractic has been very effective in the care of people who suffer with muscle strains (and many other conditions). Chiropractic, in my my view, helps these conditions as a side effect. I have seen people that came to me because they heard that chiropractors help with accidents. I evaluate them, and often find some subluxations … which may or may not have been present before the injury. As a chiropractor, I correct their subluxation(s) and the person improves.
They are not being treated for their injuries. The practice member may have come to me because of the injury. That examination may have uncovered vertebral subluxations (maybe as the result of the injury or maybe from the stress of life). The most important thing is that the vs (vertebral subluxations) were corrected. With everything within the nervous system optimally functioning, the body has the greatest chance to heal … whatever needed to heal.
So, with that truth in mind, when shoveling snow or maneuvering around:
- Bend at the knees.
- Don’t try to fill the shovel, know your limit.
- Take frequent breaks, enjoy the beauty.
- If possible, go out every few hours and shovel several inches instead of a foot.
- Ask for assistance from relatives, neighbors and friends.
- Take your time.
- Watch where you step.
- Be careful that ice may be under the snow.
- Leave room between your car and the next, while driving.
- Expect the unexpected.