Here’s Why Anyone In Their 20s Should Visit A Chiropractor
It had never occurred to me to visit a chiropractor. As a 20-something-year-old who doesn’t actively participate in sports or exercise, I would say that my body and spine are functioning relatively well. I don’t do anything that would cause me to be prone to any injury. The only exercise I’ve done (since MCO was imposed) is getting up from my work desk to prepare a light meal and clean the house.
People who seek out a chiropractor usually experience back pains or muscle stiffness. Most of the time, these people are the elderly with muscular or skeletal health issues. If I’m neither elderly nor in pain, I should be fine, right? To find out, I braced myself for a nerve-racking session at Sage Chiropractic and Alexander Technique Centre, Penang.
The session opened my eyes to the advantages of visiting a chiropractor even when I’m not in pain, and how it could protect me in the long run. Here are some benefits of going to a chiropractor in your 20s:
1. Improve and correct your posture
Have you ever wondered what’s happening when you see videos of chiropractors cracking bones and twisting necks? They’re popping or adjusting your spine back into its correct position. Over time, your daily activities (using the computer, walking, standing, watching TV, sleeping, and so on) may have caused some of your vertebrae to become misaligned. This causes us to feel back pain, headaches, and joint pains.
Your chiropractor will do some initial tests to assess your muscle strength in different parts of the body. Because of my long hours spent in front of the computer, tension had built up around the right side of my neck and shoulders. My right wrist was also weaker than the left. So, the chiropractor did some corrective massaging and repositioning of my shoulders.
She also adjusted the vertebrae around my neck to align them back into their proper position.
After my treatment, she recommended some stretches and exercises that I could do independently to strengthen certain muscle groups in my other problem areas. These were light exercises with a big impact on the targeted muscles and helped to improve my overall posture.
2. Diagnose medical conditions you may have
I was surprised when the chiropractor told me that I have minor scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine towards the left or right. Check out that bump on the left side of my back. I hadn’t noticed it because I hadn’t felt any pain or discomfort in my lower back. She pointed this out and recommended further treatment for my scoliosis.
I also learned that my left foot rolls inwards, as opposed to my right which is just in the right place. This isn’t a medical condition per se, but it helped me to see which parts of my body were positioned differently and how I could subsequently work with my chiropractor to correct them.
3. Take preventative measures
“So what if my legs are of different lengths, or if my feet roll inwards? Aren’t all bodies beautiful?”
Yes, I’m all about #bodypositivity.
However, these visible flaws could be indicators that something isn’t right with the invisible parts within your body, which are your bones and muscles. If you don’t provide appropriate care for your legs, arms, and back now, you might experience skeletal and muscular pains in the long run. This is especially necessary to protect your body from injury. Checking in with a chiropractor shows that you care for your health, which is also an important part of body positivity.
So, rather than getting treatment for it later on when you’re older, you can learn how to take some preventative measures in the early stage. Patients without any pain usually go every 3 months for a checkup, but patients who need treatment to reduce pain have to visit on a monthly basis. Which would you rather do?
4. Educate yourself about your skeletal and muscular health
My chiropractor was an excellent teacher! She was keen to learn about my habits and patient to answer my questions. She clearly explained about my spine, bones, and joints to me. Each time she cracked, pulled, or massaged something, it was accompanied by an explanation of what my body was exhibiting.
She also took the time to address certain misconceptions I had about “good posture” and shed light on some potentially harmful activities that could mess with my posture. I managed to learn a good deal about how my muscles work together with my nerves and bones. One visit to the chiropractor definitely won’t teach you everything, but it’s a good way to start learning more about how your daily actions impact your musculoskeletal health.
A visit to the chiropractor significantly upped my knowledge and awareness about my body. Even though I was not in pain when I arrived at the clinic, I felt more secure when I left. I can safely say I know how to take better care of my body now.
Before you make an appointment, here are some tips to prepare you:
- Dress in comfortable clothing (no tight jeans)
- Make sure your session includes a consultation (not treatment only)
- Ask questions you may be curious about
Now, take a break from the screen, do some light neck stretches, and call a chiropractor!