There are simple things we can do to prepare our bodies for living a pain-free life such as exercising, eating healthy, nutritious food, and getting chiropractic adjustments to align the spine and improve body function.
How can chiropractic care help people get their bodies in the best shape to avoid pain and injuries?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Really, correcting spinal misalignments allows the body to function better and more efficiently. When the skeletal structure gets out of position, the body just doesn’t function the way it’s supposed to. Most people would understand that. They know when something’s out of place, whether it’s a crick in the neck or something in the low back, those kind of issues. Really chiropractic adjustments are going to help realign the body and allow it to function better, thus avoiding injuries and so forth.
What role does diet and nutrition have in living a pain-free life?
Dr. Chris Serafini: I think the great philosopher, Hippocrates, the father of all medicine, said it best. He said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” You are what you eat. It’s very true. If you want to live a pain-free lifestyle, you have to put good stuff in to get good stuff out. I think diet and nutrition is very important for that.
We know exercise keeps you in shape. Can it also prevent painful conditions from developing?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Yeah, we always reference in our office, “motion is lotion.” A body that moves is healthy. When joints get stuck and out of position, this leads to degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis. When you look at an old person, for instance, if you can see them walking, and you can tell that their body is not moving the way it’s supposed to, it’s very stiff, and very rigid, versus in comparison to somebody who might be elderly, but their body isn’t very stiff and rigid; It’s very fluid motion. There are two different types of, what I would guess you would say, ideal positions or ideal postures in movement. Once again, motion is lotion. As long as you keep your body moving, you should ward off things like degeneration and osteoarthritis.
There are many medications we can take to help make the pain go away. We know they don’t address the cause of the pain. How do you get people to try other alternatives to alleviate their pain?
Dr. Chris Serafini: You really have to educate them on exactly that topic, specifically on finding the cause of their problems. Some people just want a pill or a lotion, or a potion to make their pain go away. If you don’t address the cause of what their problem really is, then they just really won’t get better, for long term anyway.
What are some other healthy habits people should adopt to try to live a pain-free life?
Dr. Chris Serafini: I would say diet is a really important one, exercise, obviously. Motion is lotion. Meditation, de-stressing yourself, detoxification, I think, is one that’s overlooked. People don’t like to detox. It’s no fun, but you should certainly implement some sort of detoxification process, and then, supplementation. Most people aren’t getting the amounts of nutrition that they need in their normal daily diet, at least at a therapeutic level, so supplementation is important, as well.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini, visit www.thescottsdalechiropractor.com or call 480-443-7678 to schedule an appointment.