I often feel like the yoga community and chiropractic community do not always get along. But, I think it should be quite the opposite. In fact, if half my patients practiced yoga, I wouldn’t have to see them near as much.
Let me back up a second here, because I do in fact love seeing each and everyone of my patients. Let’s assume you made your first chiropractic appointment. You have lowback pain. You go and you have that question looming in the cloud above your head: “But once I go don’t I have to go for the rest of my life?” ANSWER: No. But really it should be YES!! Do you only go to the Dentist once in your life? No!?!?! Well hopefully not, but if your teeth fall out, you get dentures. What about your spine? Is there a spine transplant? NO! And I sure wouldn’t be the first to sign up for that trial! Take care of your spine, people, it’s the only one you get. It houses your central nervous system (aka your brain and spinal cord), from your spinal cord comes all these nerves that control every cell and every function in your entire body.
Now who better to treat you and your spine? The doctor who learned to give injections to dull and kill nerves or better yet fuse your spine, or the doctor who went to school for 4 years to learn how to restore proper motion, strengthen and prevent future pain without using any painful or invasive techniques??? I’d say choice number 2 if I were you! BONUS!!! You even get to leave that doctors office feeling better than when you walked in without seeing a single solitary needle!
But, back to my point, if you practiced yoga I wouldn’t have to see you near as often. Yes, I want to see you for the rest of your life because I want you to be healthy! But I really would rather see you once a month, or every other month, certainly not 3X a week for 3 weeks, 2 times a week for 3 weeks, 1 time a week for 3 weeks, every other week, and repeat that 5 times a year. Does that really happen? Yes! People come in, complete the beginning stages of a treatment plan, disappear and forget about their wellness care, hurt themselves again, and start all over at zero. Good news this can entirely be avoided and I’m going to tell you how.
So now, back to my initial question Chiropractic and Yoga: Friend or Foe???….
Yoga and Chiropractic are excellent compliments to one another. When recommending exercise to my patients, I always suggest they find a yoga class they enjoy and use it to help strengthen the foundation we are currently working on. Motion and balance are two necessities to creating and maintaining a healthy life. Both chiropractic and yoga focus on these. Chiropractic helps restore proper motion to the spine and yoga continues that by increasing range of motion, flexibility and joint strength. Balance training is not only good for the body but also the mind. Working on our balance helps stimulate parts of the brain we often neglect and take for granite in this day and age. With proper spinal alignment we are able to achieve maximum nervous system function and balance capabilities. Yoga practice then goes a step beyond, by helping us improve our balance, thus helping improve our overall nervous system function.
The basic philosophy behind chiropractic is, the removal of vertebral subluxations or nervous system interference, allows the body to return to normal function. The body is amazing in that it has the ability to heal its self after such interferences are removed. We often say in Chiropractic “the power that made the body heals the body”, meaning our bodies are given the powerful ability to heal on our own by our innate. Chiropractic helps to improve posture, range of motion, and flexibility. These are all very important parts of a strong yoga practice, so one can see how routine adjustments are beneficial to practice. Yoga has many health benefits too, both physical and mental. Yoga also helps improve flexibility and joint range of motion, it helps to strengthen and tone muscles, correct posture, strengthen our spines, so you can also so how a regular yoga practice will help you achieve optimal health and lessen your chance of future injuries, as well.
I recommend one practice yoga at least 3 times a week if not more. This not only makes my job easier as your Chiropractor but also makes you so much happier and healthier! It is the perfect complement to your new wellness lifestyle! And it keeps you from that horrible pain and injury cycle we talked about!
In the coming months we will continue our focus on achieving overall wellness. We will focus on how a particular condition can be rehabilitated through chiropractic, yoga, and essential oil therapy.
Join us if you are local to the Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina area at Cary Flow Yoga! www.caryflowyoga.com