Trying to quit smoking is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions — and it’s a good one.

Most people know that smoking harms your health in myriad ways and can reduce your quality of life and life expectancy.

But you may not know that smoking makes recovering from injuries more difficult. And in some cases, smoking can increase your risk of injury.

At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab in Cornelius on the shores of Lake Norman, Dr. Jen Lidstrom and her staff make the overall health and well-being of our patients our top priority.

To learn how chiropractic care can improve your life and health, or to make an appointment, contact Lakeside Sports today.

The organization Chiro-Trust notes that the best chiropractors should pay attention to every aspect of patient health.

What is known as the Triangle of Health approach is used by chiropractors around the world. It’s an approach that focuses on three vital areas. They are:

  •  Structure: These are specific physical issues that chiropractors treat their patients for.
  • Chemical: Good nutrition and proper diet are essential for good overall health. Chiropractors help patients with these issues as well.
  • Emotional: Whether patients suffer from depression and anxiety are other factors chiropractors take into account when treating patients.

If any one of the three sides of the health triangle are out of balance, that imbalance can affect the remaining two sides of the triangle.  Our ultimate goal at Lakeside Sports is to help our patients achieve that balance.

What does smoking have to do with chiropractic care?

Here are some examples:

  • For years, smoking has been the top cause of preventable deaths across the globe. People who smoke live around seven to 10 years less than non-smokers.
  • It is three times more likely that smokers will die prematurely compared to non-smokers.
  • Smoking is often behind asthma, emphysema and heart disease.

Smoking also affects how your body responds to injury and how long it takes to recover from injury.

A large number of surgeons won’t take on smokers for surgical fusion procedures. That’s because the failure rate is much higher than for those who do not smoke. Smoking also can cause a number of complications post-surgery.

Some other reasons to quit smoking are:

  • Nicotine is toxic and negatively impacts cells that affect your bones.
  • Smoking harms hormones, including adrenal and sex hormones.
  • Smoking hastens the emergence of back pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

As chiropractors, we treat patients with sprains and strains on a regular basis. If you smoke, your chances of benefitting from these treatments decreases.

For those who have rotator cuff and other shoulder problems, smoking hinders the healing process. And larger muscle tears have been found in heavy smokers.

You also increase your risk of getting injured when you are a smoker. Studies have revealed that heavy smoking increases the risk of tearing your rotator cuff. Smoking also hikes the risk of bicep tears and it reduces blood supply needed to heal injured tissue.

Make quitting your smoking habit a priority in 2015.  Contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab to learn how we can help.