Following a treatment plan for a structural injury can be viewed in the same way as a fitness programme. The more closely you follow your prescribed treatment schedule, the more likely you are to get positive and longer lasting results.
If you decide to do a fitness programme, it is essential to go frequently and consistently until you reach your desired level of fitness; and then it is important to maintain that level of fitness with an altered programme. If you only follow your fitness programme now and again, you wouldn’t expect much to change.
In the same way, if you are inconsistent with attending treatment appointments, it can hinder your improvement and make progress slower. This is because we are dealing with the same musculoskeletal structures that are exercised during fitness.
Consider joint problems caused by ligament injury, for example. Ligament injuries such as an acute ankle sprain, according to the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT), improve slowly over a period of six weeks to three months and even up to a year. JAT stresses complete healing is essential to prevent re-injury. The long-term consequence of non-healed ligament injury is chronic pain, diminished function, as well as wear and tear known as osteoarthritis (OA). Joint problems caused by ligament injury progress through three stages of healing: the acute inflammatory phase; the proliferative or regenerative phase; and the tissue-remodeling phase.
Your chiropractor understands the way the body heals and progresses. For this reason, the chiropractor sets out a specific plan for you to reach a certain level of comfort, movement and stability. During this time, keeping your appointments is VERY important. Once a level of joint and nerve healing as well as structural stability is reached, your plan will slowly reduce to consistent but less frequent check-ups intended to help you continue improving during all stages of healing.
We all have busy lives, but remember if your body is working well, then you will also be better able to maintain that busy lifestyle. Take the time for your body and health; it’s a worthwhile investment! If you have any questions about your care plan strategy, be sure to talk to your chiropractor.
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Edamame beans, streamed
Can of chickpeas, drained
Sprouts of your choice (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Heat oil in a pan
Add Cumin, paprika and cayenne powders.
Heat for one minute.
Add chickpeas, stir until coated and heat for another minute
Place all ingredients into a bowl and serve with dressing
1/2 Cup mild vegetable oil
1/2 Cup rice vinegar
3 carrots, roughly chopped
3 Tablespoon ginger peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon maple syrup (or other sweetener e.g. honey)
2 Teaspoon sesame oil
Salt to taste
Blend everything together and adjust sweetness or salt to taste
Water is commonly known to be essential for life, yet a recent study at the University of Sydney found that 82% of the Australian population failed to meet their recommended water intake.
Your heart will also thank you for drinking water. The American Journal of Physiology found that drinking five or more glasses (1,185ml) of water per day reduced the risk of fatal coronary heart disease by 41% in women and 54% in men! In this study, the health benefits were limited to water because drinking “fluids other than water” (coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks) actually appeared to increase the risk of fatal coronary heart disease.
Hydration is beneficial in disease prevention as well. The risk of many cancers, including
colorectal and urinary tract cancers, has been shown to reduce with proper hydration. Bladder cancer, for example, was shown to decrease by 7% for every 240ml of fluid drunk per day; and was shown to significantly reduce for men who drank at least 1,440ml of fluid per day. Dehydration is also the number one cause of kidney stones.
Without water, our bodies can’t function, so it is always a smart idea to make sure you are properly hydrated. Although there is some debate on using the colour of your urine as an indicator for hydration, general advice suggests the darker your urine, the more likely you are to be dehydrated.
These delicious bliss balls are the perfect energy snack and great for parties and summer picnics.
Makes about 16 bliss balls
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