Are you one of the estimated 45% of Americans who start the New Year with a resolution? As you can probably guess, a few of the most popular New Year’s resolutions target exercise and weight loss. Although both of these resolutions may help us look better, the biggest benefit is often unseen—a significant improvement to our spine and joint health.

I find this particularly important. As a chiropractor, Irving residents turn to me when they experience problems, such as chronic neck and back pain, knee pain, sciatica and even herniated discs. At the DFW Spine & Joint Center, I have seen how the addition of regular exercise (even low impact) and the loss of a few pounds, can improve these challenging health conditions.

It’s no wonder that diet and exercise top the list for many Americans.

There’s just one problem. New Year’s resolutions are difficult to stick to. Statistics tell us that almost half of all people have given up on their goals by June!

That’s why our Irving Chiropractors would like to offer you a handful of tips to improve your odds of success.

1) Be accountable – It’s easy to give up on a goal when no one knows about it. It harder when you’ve loudly proclaimed it to the world. Friends can be a great source of support and may welcome the opportunity to be helpful. Consider finding a buddy who might like to join you in your quest. If that doesn’t work, there are many online communities that can provide support.

2) Set small goals – It will be easier to stay with your resolutions if your goal are attainable. For example, if you’re fifty years old and you’ve been a couch potato for the last several years, it may not be reasonable to think you’ll be ready to enter a long distance marathon in the next two months.

We recommend you take it slow. Before starting any exercise or weight loss plan, contact your chiropractor in Irving TX, for a complete evaluation. Our Irving chiropractors can help you set safe exercise goals that are compatible with your present health condition.

3) Write it down – Once your goals are established, write them down. Many times, the act of writing out a goal helps to imprint it in one’s mind. Viewing that message often will reinforce it.

As Chiropractors in Irving TX, I talk to people all day. Consequently, many people have shared their strategies for staying focused. One gentleman writes his goals on small scraps of paper and tucks them into his wallet. A woman writes inspirational words to herself in lipstick on her bathroom mirror.

4) Be easy about it – Lastly, we advise you to be easy on yourself. If you fail to achieve a goal you set, don’t use it as a reason to beat yourself up. A small misstep doesn’t mean you can’t get back on track. Your mind and body will respond best to a gentle, positive approach.

If you’re wondering if I set New Year’s Goals for myself, I do! My New Year’s resolution is simple: To continue to be the chiropractor Irving TX residents turn to for the most trusted advice and advanced therapies.

I take my work as a chiropractor in Irving very seriously. Each year, my associate, Dr. Schnee and I, spend countless hours furthering our educations and seeking out the latest medical information for our patients. We know what works and what doesn’t. That’s why we have the most successful treatment programs for chronic back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and knee pain in the Dallas / Ft.Worth metroplex.

Our state-of-the-art-treatment programs combine medically advanced therapies, including cold laser therapy, spinal decompression along with chiropractic care. This complementary combination of treatments ensures you’ll receive the fastest healing results possible.

If you have pain and are looking for a chiropractor in Irving TX who has the expertise and experience to treat your chronic pain, contact the doctors at DFW Spine and Joint Center today. We can help!

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Dr. Robert Hanson


Dr. Hanson has performed over 25,000 treatments using chiropractic care along with non-invasive and non-surgical techniques. He has also authored a comprehensive Guide about the many benefits of Cold Laser Therapy. Thanks to his proven record of success, Dr. Hanson has gained popularity with local celebrities, prominent sports figures, as well as other doctors. You can view Dr. Hanson's Google profile here.