National Chiropractic Health Month

‘Keep Moving’ during National Chiropractic Health Month to Enhance Your Health and Reduce Stress  

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2021 this October, the American Chiropractic Association, its members and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) nationwide encourage people to “Keep Moving!” and striving to add more movement and physical activity into their day.

Many have learned the hard way over the last year that lack of movement and physical activity can lead not only to weight gain but also achy joints and other musculoskeletal conditions. Movement is the answer! Finding ways to move our bodies more enhances not only our physical health and stamina but also our mental health and feelings of well-being. Taking care of our health by staying active, reducing stress and keeping a positive outlook can help us all to keep moving through challenging times.

During NCHM 2021, chiropractors are sharing information on the benefits of movement, recommended physical activity levels, advice on how to get moving, and tips on how to incorporate more movement into our daily lives.

Chiropractors report seeing increased MSK conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches since the beginning of the pandemic. When members of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) were asked what they believe is contributing most to these conditions, they cited lack of movement and  psychological stress as key factors.

Physical activity, in addition to strengthening our bones and muscles and improving cardiovascular health, enhances our mental health by reducing stress and anxiety and contributing to better sleep. 

Follow ACA on social media with the hashtag #KeepMoving to learn about your musculoskeletal health and ways to stay more active during these challenging times. In addition, check out the links below for more content to help you move toward better health.

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It can be difficult to get moving again after a period of inactivity, but the benefits to our physical and mental health are worth it. The trick is just to get started: 

Proper ergonomics are essential to a healthy home-work environment. Making adjustments to your workstation and incorporating more movement into your day can help prevent aches and pain caused by inactivity.

Outdoor activities such as walking, biking, tennis, golf, and other noncontact activities are great options for those avoiding the gym and health clubs. Below are tips for preparing joints for action and preventing injuries while enjoying these healthy activities.

A good attitude is essential for tackling the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the changes it has created in our day-to-day lives. Taking care of your health by making time for regular physical activity, good nutrition, rest, time in nature, and safe socializing can help lessen stress and anxiety.

If you do develop musculoskeletal pain, consider visiting a doctor of chiropractic (DC). More than 35 million Americans visit a chiropractor each year. DCs practice a patient-centered, nondrug approach to pain management and health promotion that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Best known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle advice.

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