What Does Your Spine Have to Do with Well-Being?
By Sara Butler
If you’ve been a chiropractic patient then you’ve probably heard your chiropractor talk about the connection between wellness and chiropractic. The fact of the matter is that if you are experiencing low back pain, neck pain or some other complication due to your back then you aren’t living your life to the fullest. In other words, your well-being is being impacted by the health of your back. If this sounds familiar, here are a few of the things that may be contributing to your back pain and what you can do to improve your wellness.
Many people spend a lot of time sitting during the day. First, you sit in your car or on a bus to get to work, and then perhaps you sit at a computer all day, then go home exhausted where you just do more sitting. Sitting might just be killing you, not to mention it’s terrible for your fitness and your posture – both of which have a big impact on your overall health and wellness.
When you practice poor posture throughout your day, you may be creating more problems for yourself. Poor posture places pressure on your spine, shoulders, and neck, weakening and shortening muscles in your hips and abdomen that can lead to even more pain and discomfort.
For example, when you sit at a desk all day it may shorten your hip abductor muscles as well as your hamstrings. When those are shortened, they will put undue pressure on your pelvis and lower back, and many times that leads to low back pain.
What’s Chiropractic Have to Do with It?
Chiropractic seeks to connect the dots between your spine health and your overall wellness. It focuses on the function of your body and the relationship it has between the different structures of your body. Once a problem is identified by your chiropractor, then it can be addressed through exercise or spinal manipulation in order to restore health and restore full function to your body.
One of the best things about chiropractic is it is completely natural, requiring no invasive procedures or drugs. Chiropractic care simply seeks to find the underlying causes of problems you may be experiencing and treat them, thereby restoring optimal health and keeping your body working at its best.
If you have questions about how your chiropractor may be able to help improve your overall health, wellness and sense of well-being, talk to them about it during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic!