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25636280_MA newcomer to chiropractic care had an interesting response to his first treatment. As the chiropractor adjusted Tyler Maas’ neck, he wrote of the experience in the Milwaukee Record, he realized that he felt better in places he never knew felt bad.

While relieving chronic pain gets the most attention in the middle of the opioid epidemic, chiropractic care also offers a proactive edge. Just as you wouldn’t wait for the oil light to come on before changing your car’s oil, fine-tuning your body with regularly scheduled visits to your chiropractor can free you up for more fun this summer!

What will you do once your nervous system is firing on all cylinders again? Here are a few suggestions:

Go swimming

Did you know that swimming is one of the only exercises that works every muscle group in the body? It does so without putting stress on your joints, which can keep you from visiting the chiropractor again too soon. Need another reason to dive in? Walking around in the pool burns 563 calories an hour; swimming freestyle boosts it up to 704!

Disconnect

We’re not talking about keeping friends and family at a distance; actually, it’s just the opposite. Turn off the electronics and get acquainted, face-to-face, again. Not only is it good for well-being – socialization boosts your physical and mental health – but putting away the cellphone and tablet lessens the risk of tech-neck. If people are wondering what brought you back to life, do them a favor and let them know about this often-overlooked benefit of chiropractic care.

Free at last

Here’s where you fill in the blank. Want to do a little gardening? Studies are showing that gardening lowers your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Hiking the nature trails with the grandkids? A great way to burn about 440 calories an hour. Hitting the greens? A recent study showed chiropractic care can shave a few strokes off your golf scorecard.

The point is that feeling good frees you up for just about anything, and depending on the choices you make, you’ll reinforce the sense of well-being you received from your chiropractor. Enjoy!

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