Have you recently started choosing a salad at lunch instead of fries, or are opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator? There is no “right” time to make the decision to improve your health — you can, and should, just dive in and start making changes in a way that makes sense for you. But health improvements like adding in exercise or changing your diet can be hard to stick to if you have ongoing health concerns causing you pain. If you’re starting on a new plan to improve your health, now could be the right time to visit your local Peoria chiropractor and finally get that lower back pain, neck pain, or recurring headache checked out.
Chiropractic care can be a great way to help heal that recurring ache you experience, but our services aren’t just limited to those looking to lose weight. Chiropractic treatments focus on spine, joint, and nerve health, so our care services can help with a variety of concerns and help improve your health in a lot of different ways — some of which don’t even seem immediately connected to chiropractic treatments. If you’re looking to improve your health or finally move past lingering aches, a chiropractor can help. Here are a few signs it’s time to visit your local chiropractor:

#1 You’re recovering from an accident or personal injury.

If you were recently in an accident or injured, your body could probably use a bit of help. Even if it was a minor accident and you feel fine, the jolting may have shifted your body in such a way that one or more bones/joints become misaligned. Even if you don’t feel anything now, it’s important to have your body’s alignment checked to ensure you don’t develop problems down the road. In addition, chiropractic care can be an excellent supplement to physical therapy sessions to provide your body with more well-rounded healing.

#2 You take pain medication frequently or daily.

By this, we don’t mean taking the occasional dose of ibuprofen for a headache. We’re talking about taking over the counter pain medication because that’s the only way you can get through your work day, or for those of you who have recurring pain pop up often enough that you keep a bottle of pain medication in your car/purse/desk drawer in preparation for another pain flare-up. Pain medication doesn’t actually help your body heal; it just masks the symptoms for a time. A chiropractor can help provide pain relief naturally, but also can provide healing to help the pain stop returning.

#3 You get headaches or migraines a lot.

One of the most common causes of headaches is actually poor posture. More specifically, poor posture often leads to both joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. If you get headaches a lot, particularly at or after work, they could be because of how you sit at your desk. A chiropractor can help get those irritated joints back into proper alignment, ease pressure in your spine, and soothe tight muscles. Chiropractic adjustments over time can help those tension headaches disappear entirely.

#4 You experience chronic pain.

For those with chronic health concerns like fibromyalgia or arthritis, it can be difficult to manage pain levels and go about life as normal. Chiropractic care focuses on spine, joint, and nervous system health, so it can be a good natural option to help relieve pain associated with chronic conditions. Similarly, athletes and those who perform a lot of repetitive motions at work face an increased risk of joint and muscle injuries. Chiropractic care works to keep joints aligned, help injuries heal, and can help build up muscle strength, especially when combined with physical therapy practices. Regular chiropractic care can help minimize chronic pain naturally so you can go about your life without focusing on pain management needs. It can also help improve range of motion and promote strength-building in those joint-supporting muscles and tendons, which makes chiropractic care just as valuable for injury prevention as it is for pain relief and healing.


#5 You’re pregnant or recovering from labor.

Pregnancy causes a lot of shifting and changes to the body as it works to accommodate your growing baby. That shifting can cause discomfort and pain, especially as joints shift and pressure builds on your spine. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural way to help ease that discomfort while helping your body adjust to the changes. Then, once your baby is born, a chiropractor can check your spine and joint alignment to ensure a smoother healing process. And, because chiropractors focus on natural, non-invasive techniques, adjustments are safe throughout your pregnancy and after.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of the reasons to seek out chiropractic care, of course. At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we focus on providing well-rounded, natural, individualized treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation and see how our chiropractor and physical therapy team can help you!