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For the Best Skelfie: Keep Your Curves Intact

By Genevieve Smith

A brilliant internet meme posits that "Your X-ray is a skelfie.”  So, how do you want your skelfie to look? Regular adjustments can take your healthy spinal curves to the next level. Adjustments involve various methods of manipulation to increase your mobility and keep your spine in shape. The curve in your spinal cord serves a weighty purpose. But did you realize all the things you may be doing on a daily basis that are putting your natural curvature at risk?

Activities Which Put Spine Curve at Risk

You put more pressure on your spine to bend the wrong way when you engage in a number of habits. Try to avoid shoes with no support, and regular sporting of flip-flops in particular. Avoid a heavy shoulder bag, and either scoop up a mini backpack (they’re kind of a hit right now) or wear your purse with a long strap that crosses your chest, and change the side you wear it on regularly. Choose a work chair with lumbar support, stretch intermittently daily, and watch your posture when scrolling through your smartphone feed.  

Why the Curve in Your Spine is Important

Your spine develops two curves, one at the top near your skull, and one near the bottom toward your hips. This is nature’s shock absorption. The shape of your spinal column allows you to successfully carry the weight of your body structures, and is vital to an active lifestyle, both mentally and physically. If the curve is off near your neck, you may experience headaches and other chronic symptoms. A change in the shape of your lower back can lead to ongoing pain symptoms and affect balance and general athleticism.

What to Expect from an Adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments typically involve manual manipulations or electrical stimulation to restore the curves so vital to your back’s structure. What you should expect from manual manipulations are:

  • High velocity thrusts applied to the vertebra
  • A release of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide gases, which you can hear in a satisfying “pop” as pressure is released from your joints
  • The sensation of relief

Electric stimulation is great if your muscles are tense and preventing your chiropractor from applying a manual adjustment.  

While phrasing may have evolved to tout standing “up straight,” keeping up your curves is the way to go. Time to make the best skelfie and introduce yourself to the friendly and knowledgeable chiropractors at The Joint! Their pricing plans are fantastic. Walk in anytime. Your sizzling skelfie awaits you.

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

 

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