A major focus of the Wellness Institute of Nevada is “wellness care.” Wellness care, also known a preventative care, is care designed not to “cure” a disease or to reduce pain, but rather designed to “prevent” them from occurring or re-occurring. Wellness care has been getting lots of attention in recent years as Americans are beginning to realize the limitations of modern medicine and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own health.
The spinal cord is located inside your spine and is an extension of your brain. It consists of a bundle of millions of nerves which regulate your body’s functions. Nerve signals flow back and forth from organ to brain, providing control and feedback. These highly specialized nerve cells are extremely sensitive to pressure, and even very slight pressure can cause nerves to malfunction. If one or more spinal bones (vertebra) is rotated or deviates from the rest (this misalignment is referred to as a “subluxation”), this can stretch the spinal cord and cause the nerves to “misfire.” This can not only occur due to previous trauma like a fall, sports injury or car accident, but can also develop over time from improper posture. A less responsive nervous system can lead to injury and possibly organic conditions like headaches and stomach distress.
Wellness care in the form of chiropractic treatment is a way of helping prevent subluxations from interfering with your spinal cord and nervous system. Depending on the individual patient, targeted spinal exercises and dietary supplements may also be subscribed as part of a wellness care plan. Some of the benefits of a wellness care plan include: helping keep your spine flexible and joints moveable and healthy; helping improve posture, and thus energy levels; helping remove pressure to your spinal cord, allowing your nerves to work properly; and helping foster a more responsive nervous system, reducing the chance of “throwing your back out” due to poor muscular coordination.
While wellness care is beneficial to almost anyone, it is particularly beneficial for those who fit the following: those who engage or have engaged in activities involving trauma or stress to the spine, such as heavy lifting, sitting at a desk or playing contact sports; those who have bad posture (such as uneven hips uneven shoulders, head tilt or hunched back); those who frequently find themselves low of energy (which may be caused by abnormal breathing patters and excessive muscle exertion due to spinal subluxations); and those who suffer from recurring headaches, or get sick more than once a year.