Adults today are more conscious of their health and well-being than ever before in history. With a variety of nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle programs to encourage healthy eating, exercise, and living, one thing is still consistently overlooked – spine health! The health of your spine is critical to enjoying a full life active and capable. Unfortunately, there are numerous ways to harm your spine’s health without intending to do so. Read on if you want to learn about some of the most common causes of spinal damage and pain, and what should be done to live longer and healthier.
Exercising without proper form.
The body is thought to benefit from exercise since it is an activity that is frequently considered beneficial to the body. There are numerous different types of workouts, and each person has their own personal style for getting some much-needed exercise. For others, aerobics exercises such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, and rowing might be good choices. Others may prefer anaerobic activities like weightlifting, circuit training, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), Pilates, or yoga for their exercise routines. Regardless of what type of workout is selected, exercise should only ever be undertaken with proper form and pacing.
What is proper form and pacing?
It’s not about reaching the utmost limits of your own capabilities; it’s about paying attention to correct form, avoiding excess strain, and ensuring that stretching and warming up are completed before every exercise session.
Unfortunately, injuries during exercise are all too familiar. Injuries can happen at the start of a workout, during it, and after it is completed. These might include muscular sprains and strains as well as muscle tears, knee and back problems, and spinal subluxation.
Many of the injuries that occur during exercise are not given the proper title of “injuries.” You may push through the discomfort because you believe it’s natural soreness, or because you believe it’s a minor occurrence that will heal on its own. People frequently endure pain and strain (caused by injuries) since they don’t want to jeopardize their fitness progress and lose their “gains.” This can ultimately lead to more substantial injuries down the line—pay attention to your body and don’t strain it with exercise!
Not warming the body up before and after rest.
Did you know that it’s essential to stretch any time your body is shifting activities or preparing for a new movement or posture? Stretching isn’t only for the muscles. It also benefits the ligaments, joints, and tendons in your body! Stretching before bed to ensure that your body is ready to sleep can help avoid injuries and guarantee that your rest is rejuvenating.
It’s also vital to stretch as soon as you get out of bed. If you don’t stretch your body before going about your day, it won’t have the optimum opportunity to interact with the world physically. Stretching in bed or right after getting up will help your joints return to their ideal alignment. Stretching promotes muscle warmth, tendon and ligament lengthening, and body adaptation to a variety of activities and movements.
Whether you’re in a sedentary job, spend most of your time standing and moving, or are an athlete, stretching between activity changes is one of the most effective methods to support your body’s health.
Spending too much time in a seated position.
It may be difficult for the body to sit. Sitting isn’t really a natural position for the body’s ideal alignment of bones and joints, especially when sitting in chairs. If you spend a lot of time sitting, consider investing in a more comfortable chair or an exercise ball as a seat to support your body as much as possible. Some individuals prefer working from home by using an exercise ball as a seat, or special chairs with a rocking base that utilize the body’s natural center of gravity for balance.
When you sit for lengthy periods of time, your body becomes more and more difficult to maintain an upright posture. The gravitational pull of the body is redirected as a result of sitting, which can overstress the spine if individuals aren’t trained to realign their posture and retain alignment in their spine.
Sitting puts strain on the spine’s joints and the pelvic region. To compensate for this pressure, folks frequently lean forward or hunch their shoulders. Unfortunately, this defensive posture makes sitting harmful over extended periods of time.
Spending too much time standing and moving.
Do you spend a lot of time standing and walking about in an upright posture? If so, this can put a strain on your spine. Gravity’s downward-pushing force is at its most powerful when the body is standing. The gravitational push pulling the body straight down toward the ground in the standing position may be very harmful to the spine. It can compress joints, causing alignment problems and nerve interference.
When misaligned joints compress adjacent nerves, nerve interference occurs. When the nerves are compressed, their function can be affected. This might result in numbness and tingling in the extremities, mental fog and fatigue, lethargy, and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms throughout the body.
Not addressing injuries in a timely manner.
Have you ever fallen, been in a car accident (even a minor one), or sustained injuries as a youngster? Spinal problems can occur for a variety of reasons.
The spine is susceptible to harm during events in which the body absorbs shock or impact. This is quite common in today’s society, and individuals are frequently unaware that they have been injured. Inflammation, discomfort, and accelerated spine joint degeneration are all possible after an injury to the spine.
Not addressing spinal misalignment.
Have you ever had a mysterious backache, shoulder discomfort, or neck pain that seemed to come from nowhere? It’s possible that you are living with unresolved spinal misalignment.
Spinal misalignment (also known as a subluxation in the chiropractic community) is a frequent occurrence that affects millions of individuals each year. Joints can be misaligned during daily life, and even minor distortions in select regions of the spine can produce significant symptoms that make everyday living difficult.
The best approach to assess whether or not your spine is misaligned is to see a Chiropractic BioPhysics® certified chiropractor for a complete, comprehensive evaluation. Chiropractors who have been trained to use Chiropractic BioPhysics® ensure that each patient receives an intensive examination that aims to determine the health of their particular spine.
Your expert chiropractor will have an excellent understanding of your spine’s condition after performing a thorough examination. Your specialist chiropractor can develop an individualized treatment plan that will help you reach your maximum health potential by assisting in the realignment of the spine, treating tense and strained muscles, tendons, and tissues, or operating on places where nerve interference is causing other problems like digestive upset.
Visit our list of Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractors in your area to discover a Chiropractor who can help you live pain free.