Keys to Maintaining a Healthy Spine
Being a chiropractor, I get the same question all the time from patients “Is it true when you come to a chiropractor once that I will have to always come back for an adjustment?” The truth to that answer? NO. There are many ways to keep yourself having a happy healthy spine without the need for endless care by a professional. Here are just some of the few techniques we share with our patient’s at Hohman.
Exercise/Movement: So many have the wrong idea about exercise. We too often think of exercise as a way to help with weight loss and gain. Although weight change may be a byproduct of exercise, it’s primary goal is to help keep the spine moving properly. Our bodies as a whole are made to be upright and moving. When we stay still for long periods of time, this allows for our muscles to develop crepitus or “take shape of the position were in.” Ever feel like you can’t stand up straight after being in the car for a long period of time? If so then you have experienced muscle crepitus. Exercise allows us to keep the skeletal muscle moving properly through its range of motion which in turn keeps the spine moving in its range of motion.
Anti-inflammatory Diet: A proper diet goes a long way to helping control pain levels. Certain foods although they may taste fabulous typically will cause a spike in the inflammatory process of the body. These spikes when crossing over the blood barriers via muscles and into the joints can irritate symptoms for diseases such as osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, or even cause a longer healing period for more simplistic injuries like strains or sprains. Decreasing daily intake in foods such as dairy, gluten, sugar, or processed foods helps to decrease the inflammation brought on. A regular probiotic can help with proper gut digestion as well.
Know your Vitamins: Many people today, no longer get the proper levels of nutrition just from natural sources, such as food and sunlight due to deficiencies in soil content or our exposure to things. What few people know is that this can relate to the pain we experience in our spine or skeletal system. Let us talk about Vitamin D. Did you know that although regular blood test levels between 30 and 100 is declared regular, yet research says that for functional use in the body that levels should be between 75 and 85. Vitamin D plays an integral role in the absorption of calcium and magnesium which is used to help build new bone and to keep muscles from spasming respectively. 2/3 of the population in the state of FL alone are prone to Vitamin D deficiency, let alone Northern states where the sunlight is more of a premium.
Remember these are just keys to use to help maintain a happy and healthy spine. Other things that can be done include maintenance or wellness care with our Hohman Rehab teams. Come on by and talk with us about what we can do to get you back in the game of life, but keep you there as well.