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Yes, chiropractic is an important modality for healing after an injury, but it is equally important as a modality for preventing injury in the first place! Your spine is the chassis upon which the rest of your body is effectively built- regular maintenance including chiropractic adjustment and treatment of the layers of tissue in the back ensures that your spine has the best possible chance of resilience to injury.
When you have non-specific lower back pain, it is always worth taking a look at the usual suspects. As chiropractors we pay attention to a frequent occurrence that results from everyday activities: subluxation. Whether from acute trauma or culmination of repetitive trauma, the spine can move out of alignment and put pressure on one or more of the 124 nerve roots which exit the spine. Because these nerve roots connect your entire body to the central nervous system, a problem with their smooth function tends to create problems including pain and dysfunction.
Carpe diem, seize the day and make the morning hours your time to set a course for weight loss. This is the most potent part of the day; each step you take from bed represents a deposit in the bank of caloric balance that contributes to maintaining a healthy weight. The process actually begins before you even wake up- a healthy sleep cycle is essential to keeping the pounds at bay. But once you wake up, each decision you make will go for or against your weight-loss regime.
From a chiropractor's perspective, maintaining a healthy weight is essential for the health and alignment of your spine. Every pound over your ideal weight is adding an extra burden to the spine, especially to the lumbar region, which is responsible for bearing the weight of the upper body. Read on to find out ways you can use the natural energy of the morning time to encourage weight loss.
We never think of our spine moving- we tend to think of it as a stable pillar that is moved by our body. But in reality, there are millions of micro-movements occurring with every tiny motion you make- everything is channeled through the spine. Thus vertebrae must be able to articulate with each other to allow your upper body to move. So, while the spine is designed for stability, the whole system needs to have some level of flexibility in order for it not to crack from the shearing forces we put it through on a daily basis.
Take a 40-hour/week worker and pile on another 10 hours/week of holiday commitments like myriad dinners with family and friends, parties, and other holiday events. That is the reality for many of us and it is enough to jack our stress levels up even if these are supposed to be relaxing, stress-relieving affairs. So how do we stay centered amidst the holiday hustle? We use techniques to be proactive about stress reduction and the maintenance of our well-being. Here's how: