At the end of May it is spinal health week. A week to bring attention to the importance of spinal health care, especially preventative or wellness care, and the role chiropractors play in this.
Why spinal health care matters
Musculoskeletal conditions (like low back pain and neck pain) and headaches and migraine are among the top 5 most debilitating conditions worldwide, both in terms of loss of quality of life and financial impact. Back pain and headaches account for a massive amount of time taken off work, causing lower productivity and costing businesses millions of dollars each year. As well as the loss of quality of life- that is, not being able to do the activities or tasks you want to do because your pain is limiting you. Imagine not being able to work, exercise or play with your children because of the amount of pain you are experiencing, every day. And once you have had one episode of back or neck pain, even if it resolves, your chance of it recurring within a year is very high.
But all is not hopeless. There are so many gentle, non-invasive ways to help back pain that can relieve acute symptoms, prevent recurrence and maybe even prevent it occurring in the first place. Spinal health care could help.
Acute, chronic, preventative?
Most people who see a chiropractor first come in with an injury or pain of some kind. Sometimes it is a sudden, very painful incident, other times it has been building for months and not getting any better. But what about getting treated before there is a problem?
I know, weird concept right? Except that dentists have been talking to us about preventative dental care for decades. Much better to brush your teeth and floss than end up needing fillings. The same can be said for musculoskeletal conditions. A bit of preventative conditioning, movement and postural advice could prevent a whole lot of pain further down the track.
While this doesn’t necessarily mean you should visit the chiropractor, it could be a good place to start to get advice about the health of your spine and where you could make improvements.
What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractors are excellent at assessing the function of your body and nervous system. We are trained to look for ineffective postural patterns, compensations for weaknesses and assess the body holistically- that is, where you feel ‘pain’ may not be the cause of the issue. We also focus on your physical, chemical and emotional health- are you eating, moving and thinking in a way that benefits your body?
Be ready for your daily marathon
No, not an actual marathon every day. But every day, we have an enormous expectation on our body. It needs to function well, allow us to think clearly and have enough stamina to get us through the day. To do this, we need to make sure that we have done our preparation and training. Have we given our body the correct fuel it needs through our food? Have we done the mental preparations to be able to get through our day when it gets tough? Have we done the training so our body can easily do what we expect it to do without injury or strain? Do you have a good sleep routine? All these, and more, are areas of your wellbeing that need to be consistently looked after to make sure you are ready for anything life throws at you.
Spinal Health Care
Much like brushing your teeth, spinal health care is best done consistently. There are many different aspects, but here are some of the basics:
For more help getting ready for life, have a look here: https://chiropractors.asn.au/straighten-up-app
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