As humans, we all strive to lead purposeful and meaningful lives! But, in order to accomplish this, we need to be physically able to handle whatever life requires of us. Our ability to use our bodies efficiently is important for our vitality because without it, we wouldn’t be able to perform the tasks needed for daily living. Things like, personal care, running errands, driving, working, walking your dog, recreational activities, household chores, and raising kids all require a sufficient amount of physical strength, stamina and movement to achieve.
So what happens when we don’t have the necessary physical abilities to perform our tasks of daily life? It becomes difficult to be productive and self-sufficient and our quality of life declines. There are many things that can negatively affect our physical capabilities. I witness on a daily basis just how disruptive it is to peoples’ lives and overall health when they are physically limited in some way.
Factors That Affect Our Physical Ability
We have all experienced this at some point in our lives, whether it is from a recent injury or a chronic condition, having pain is distracting, exhausting and just downright annoying. It not only affects our mental and emotional well-being but it also affects our ability to perform our activities of daily living.
Pain disrupts our ability to function because it changes the way we move and use our bodies. Our natural response is to avoid pain, so we end up compensating for it one way or another. The problem with compensating is that it leads to a poorer quality of movement that can place extra stress and strain on the joints, muscles and nerves of our spine and extremities which tend to create their own set of problems.
One of the leading causes of disability in the world are musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, joint pain, arthritis and rheumatism. This is not entirely surprising because we have all experienced, or know someone who has experienced, at least one of these issues before.
As a Chiropractor, I deal with these conditions on a daily basis with my patients. I help them manage or resolve their pain to improve their function so they can get back to doing what matters most to them, as quickly as possible. So, if you are experiencing pain that is affecting your ability to live your life, don’t delay, consult a healthcare professional!
Your body needs to have the necessary strength, endurance, mobility and balance to be physically capable of completing your daily tasks. The nature of these tasks will vary for each individual and so will the physical requirements.
Physical fitness goes beyond lifting heavy weights, excelling at a sport, living at the gym or being able to run marathons; it is about being fit enough to participate in your life to its fullest.
Fitness levels are influenced by many things including age, medical history and lifestyle choices. The physical fitness goals for a 70-year-old will likely be different from those of a 30-year-old, and same goes for someone who has a chronic medical condition versus someone without. We all have different obligations, responsibilities and priorities that will dictate how much physical fitness we need to function optimally in our life. No need to compare yourself to other people. Just figure out what is important to you!
How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Maintain Your Function and Vitality
Chiropractors are just one of many health professionals who can help you achieve better physical function in your daily routine. Whether you seek care while recovering from a new injury, managing a chronic condition, or for more of a prevention purpose, Chiropractic care will help keep your body mobile and functional by addressing underlying spinal dysfunction and joint restrictions that may be affecting how your body functions.
It’s important to know that Chiropractic care isn’t exactly what many of us imagine. Individualized treatment plans consist of:
1 ) Spinal manipulative therapies
2) Pain management strategies
3) Soft tissue/myofascial therapies
4) Exercise recommendations
Chiropractic care will help you feel better, move better and empower you to improve your overall health. Interested in learning more about chiropractic care?