Game of Thrones: A Dance with Chiropractic
By Sara Butler
“Game of Thrones” is beginning a new season, and more than a few people are a wee bit excited about it – and you can count me among them! Anticipating the upcoming season got me thinking: What if chiropractic care was available in the world of Game of Thrones? Surely, there would be considerable demand for effective chiropractic care after wrangling dragons, escaping murder plots and fighting the White Walkers. I mean, seriously, surviving the War of the Three Kings will be no small feat and developing a restricted joint in the spine that causes nerve interference is a near certainty. Therefore, I declare boldly with my staff raised toward the heavens: “Let the Free Cities of Essos unite and discover what chiropractic care can do for them!”
No doubt Arya has been through a lot, carefully crafting an enemies list from which to seek her revenge — and yet she’s now in Braavos washing floors in the House of Black and White. Even for someone who has survived so much, all that bending, lifting and scrubbing has to take its toll. It’s always important to protect your back when doing chores. After all, that temple isn’t going to clean itself.
The American Chiropractic Association suggests that doing household chores the proper way can help to keep your back healthy. Always make sure you bend at the knees and use your legs to lift – never your back. If you’re carrying something heavy — a cauldron for cooking stew, for example — make sure you hold it as close to your body as possible and pivot with your feet, stepping in the direction you want to turn so you don’t twist your body. Arya’s revenge would not be as swift with a strained back, that’s for sure.
Being stuck in a crate for weeks at a time to narrowly escape Westeros after the murder of your nephew/king has got to put a heck of a strain on the back. While traveling, you should always make time to take breaks from long periods of sitting — or being crammed inside a crate — by getting up, stretching and getting that blood pumping. Also, make sure to keep hydrated by drinking more water than normal. Your joints and muscles really need the hydration to stay lubricated and healthy, and it will help flush toxins from the body. That’s really important for Tyrion, who needs to keep his mind sharp and body healthy to assist Daenerys Targaryen to take the Iron Throne.
You just have to love this guy. Sure, he’s a traitor and a liar, but I really think his heart is in the right place. His fate is all but sealed since he contracted greyscale, a disease that kills the flesh and makes its victims go crazy. If only he had access to chiropractic care to help maximize his immune system and disease-fighting capabilities!
How’s that, you ask of the blog-writing wench?
Regular adjustments by your chiropractor can help strengthen your immune system, which is linked with the nervous system and endocrine system. If one system isn’t functioning right, it can throw the whole thing off! Essentially, your balance of power shifts away from you, making you more susceptible to attack. It is as true in the Seven Kingdoms as it is here. Published research in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has shown that regular chiropractic adjustments to the spine have increased different types of immune system cells that help to keep you healthy. Keeping your nervous system functioning optimally helps your endocrine and immune systems to function optimally, too. If poor Jorah just had access to The Joint in Meereen, he might beat that greyscale for good.
I hate to admit it, but Jon Snow cannot be helped by chiropractic care! Chiropractic can accomplish a lot of things, but returning people from the dead isn’t one of them! However, it may help you live a longer, healthier life than Jon Snow’s ... provided you’re not stabbed six times in an ambush.
Enjoy your trips to Westeros and the known world this season with Game of Thrones, just don’t forget to see your chiropractor for regular visits so you can keep up with all the action!
Photo: Game of Thrones via Flickr, CC by 4.0