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Are You Giving Your Spine a Tough Time?

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us do all sorts of things to challenge the spine. If we are lucky, everything works out.  Whatever happens, the spine has to go along for the ride.

  • Are you sitting all day, every day, with few breaks?
  • Are you still smoking?
  • Would you be thrilled to lose 10 pounds?
  • Are you still trying to fit 30 minutes of exercise into your day?
  • Could your mattress use an upgrade?

If these questions apply to you, it might be wise to see your chiropractor before life catches up with you. Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out how the spine works, and what you can do to protect it.

The spine really is the command center for the body. The spine houses the central nervous system that controls almost everything the body does. If the spine hesitates, so do we. Then pain may set in, and daily routines may flounder.

To keep the spine working well, the chiropractor uses a spinal adjustment to fix joint restrictions in the neck, back, legs, arms, wrists/hands and ankles/feet. The adjustment is accomplished through the gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. Far-reaching pain relief, and an overall sense of well-being, may be achieved.

Weekly 15-minute adjustment sessions may be the next step to keep the spine in good shape.  At the same time, you can fix some of those other challenges to the spine.

Replace lumpy mattresses – Pick a new medium firm mattress that suits you. Pick new pillows filled with down, or other filler, that allow the head to sink into the pillow, avoiding awkward angles for the neck.

Ditch the cigarettes – Smoking deprives the spine of oxygen and nutrients, often leading to pain.

Rethink diet and exercise – Pick a good way to start moving every day. Then shut down the pizza, soda, and burgers with replacementgs such as nuts, fruits, veggies, and lean meats or poultry.

Redo your daily schedule – Try a standing workplace or weave meetings and conferences throughout the day. Use stretching breaks or brief meditations to let go of tension.

Finally, be careful when you lift, and try toting less. The end result of all your efforts may be a happier spine that lets you be active and pain-free every day.

When you are ready to start, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Everything is easier at The Joint. Find out more about affordable healthcare plans, weekend and evening hours, and walk-in visits. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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