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Love your Spine – Ways to keep your spine in peak condition

Love your Spine – Ways to keep your spine in peak condition

Keeping your spine and nerve system in peak condition enhances your ability to have an active, healthy life. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that will help you love your spine in 2014.

Get Adjusted Regularly It is always easier to stay well then fix problems, so here are a few findings on the benefits of adding regular adjustments to your healthy lifestyle:

  • Persons receiving chiropractic care reported better overall health, spent fewer days in hospitals and nursing homes, used fewer prescription drugs, and were more active than the non-chiropractic patients. Furthermore, the chiropractic patients reported 21% less time in hospitals over the previous 3 years. [1]
  • Chiropractic patients, when compared with US citizens of the same age, spent only 31% of the national average for health care services. The chiropractic patients also experienced 50% fewer medical provider visits then their comparable peers. The health habits of patients receiving maintenance care were better overall than the general population, including decreased use of cigarettes and decreased use of nonprescription drugs. [2] 

Sit Pretty — While sitting may seem effortless, your body exerts great effort to keep your upper body in place. The muscles in your lower back can be needlessly strained with improper sitting posture.  Keeping your spine straight and aligned while sitting at work or in the car can greatly reduce tension on your lower back.

Love your Lumbar Spine — Your lumbar or lower back consists of the five largest vertebrae and gets the most pressure from activities such as walking and running, even sitting. The spine naturally curves in at the lumbar level before it meets the tailbone so while sitting add a small pillow, rolled up towel or lumbar support pillow to help the lumbar spine experience less fatigue.

Try some Pillow Talk — Spinal posture can be supported at night with good pillows that raise parts of the body to join the rest of the spine. If you sleep on your back, a pillow under your neck, head, and knees will insure a restful night’s sleep. Head and neck support from a pillow when on your side is also helpful. Sleeping on your stomach can damage your cervical spine (neck region), distort your alignment and cause nerve pressure. Dr. Brown-Ruegg can recommend the right pillow for your sleeping style.

References

1. Coulter ID, Hurwitz EL, Aronow HU, et al: “Chiropractic patients in a comprehensive home-based geriatric assessment, follow-up and health promotion program.” Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 1996;3(2):46.

2. Rupert RL, Manello D, Sandefur R: “Maintenance care: health promotion services administered to US chiropractic patients aged 65 or older, Part II.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000;23(1):10.

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