Movement is Medicine – Dr. Lindsey


We welcome Dr. Lindsey from Waconia Family Chiropractic as a guest on our blog.  She has been a member for some time now, and serves a lot of the community in her practice.  As Dr. Lindsay says, “Movement is medicine for the body!” Check out what she has to say:

Movement Is Medicine.

I was first introduced to Crusher Crossfit from a patient and friend. After months of raving about it to me, she convinced me to sign up for a bootcamp. I’ll admit, I was hesitant. I thought to myself, “there is no way I can do those movements that “those crossfit people do” what am I even thinking?!” However, once I bit the bullet and finally started, I’ve never looked back! Crusher Crossfit is a community of supportive people who all have some version of the same goal, which is to improve their life by moving.

As a Chiropractor, I work directly with the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Patients typically first come in to see me because they are unable to move due to pain. However, the body was giving them symptoms before the pain even began because pain is the one of the last symptoms we experience before our body says, “enough is enough.” My job is to find and remove “subluxations” or misalignments in the joints throughout the body. This is not limited to just the spine. When there are misalignments of joints, the body is unable to move as it’s designed. This lack of movement affects not only joints, but the surrounding muscles, tendons, nerves, and even organs. For example, if you have low back pain, that may not necessarily be where the root of the problem is stemming from so checking the pelvis, knees, and ankles are also important. Therefore, increasing motion in the joints through a Chiropractic adjustment, decreases pain, increases range of motion, and allows your body to function as it’s designed, which helps us heal and adapt to stress more quickly.

I am passionate about educating my patients on the importance of our health. It is very dependent on 3 factors: physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. Our bodies are designed to adapt to these stressors; however, we can only handle so much before we can’t adapt anymore and symptoms start to present. Symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, digestive issues, lowered immune system as well as muscle and joint aches and pains.

I typically find in my practice that the less my patients move, the more pain they are in. The more pain they are in, the less they want to move. My first goal is to help people get out of pain though muscle work and adjustments. However, it is important to educate them on what they can be doing outside of my office to prevent their pains from returning.

My advice for you today is to START MOVING, because movement is medicine for the body. If you’ve ever thought about joining Crusher Crossfit, let this be your sign to check them out! They are able to help modify workouts not only based on your current level of fitness, but also if you have restrictions due to injury, there are ways you can still move and get a great workout while avoiding further injury.

 

In your health,

Dr. Lindsey Engmark, DC

Waconia Family Chiropractic

9384 Oak Avenue, Waconia

952-442-3220