What Grade Would You Give Your Spine?
By Sandy Schroeder
Many of us might say we have A+ spines, simply because we are having no problems. But if you have ever seen a friend or relative run into back pain, you know that can change very quickly.
I have seen several relatives run into back pain and literally be stopped in their tracks. They were fortunate in getting good chiropractic care, and they made their way back to their normal routines. But they had to navigate through a lot of pain first.
Health experts say 80 to 90 percent of Americans will run into spinal pain at some point. The pain can come from smoking, excess weight, diet, long periods of sitting, careless lifting or toting, and awkward sleeping positions.
See Your Chiropractor
If you would like to learn more about safeguarding your spine, stop by The Joint Chiropractic and learn more about spinal health. The Joint is staffed by licensed chiropractors who treat everyone from teens to adults to seniors. The ultimate goal is to seek to relieve pain without medications or surgery.
When you come in, your chiropractor will want to know if you have pain, what your normal schedule is, and what your medical history is. If a spinal adjustment seems beneficial, it will be done in an open bay area on a comfortable table. When the spinal adjustment is completed, you may feel far-reaching pain relief in the neck, back, sciatic nerve, or other joints. You may also exoerience more energy, mental clarity, better sleep or improved digestion.
Wellness is a very individual thing. As you assess your results you may want to use weekly 15-minute adjustment sessions to keep the momentum going. You may also want to check this spine quiz spotlighting key areas the American Chiropractic Association suggests we work on.
Do you smoke? Smoking reduces oxygen to the back and invites injury.
Do you lift safely? Never twist. Always use your legs for power, and keep items close to you when you lift.
Is your sitting posture good? Knees should be higher than hips with head level and back straight. Feet should be flat on the floor.
How do you carry objects? Always divide loads equally and keep objects close to the body if they are heavy.
Is your spine happy when you sleep? Use a pillow under your legs to reduce pressure on the spine. Avoid sleeping on the back, which puts about 50 pounds of pressure on the spine.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you makes chiropractic simple. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Weekend and evening hours make visits convenient, and no appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.