Why are we so skilled at ignoring back pain?
Perhaps the answer is that we are too busy for back pain. Compare back pain to other conditions: the effect of an acute injury like a broken finger is immediately tangible- it may actually prevent you from performing a given task; a migraine tends to steamroll all other tasks, consuming your attention as the pain centers in your head; back pain, however, is not like these other injuries, at least at first. Back pain tends to start slow- an ache in the lower back, stiffness in the neck- and bide its time until it blooms into something much worse.
If success in your sport is determined by fine margins, reaction times are crucial. Even a 10% reduction in your muscles’ response times can make the difference between first and second, or a personal best. At Holmes Chiropractic, we further measure the efficacy of chiropractic‘s role in athletic performance by observing improvement in measures of importance to the athlete. These areas of importance include:
- Range of motion
- Response time
- Blood flow
- Recovery times between workouts
- Injury prevention
Chiropractic’s role in reducing back pain, optimizing the nervous system and improving range of motion in all ages is well known. This blog will demonstrate chiropractic’s expanding role in aiding athletic performance.
Chiropractic is a health care system
Traditionally, spinal adjustment (or manipulation) was the bread and butter of the chiropractor’s office. Our form of healthcare believes that the function of your spine informs the way your body feels. Thus, chiropractic adjustment, which seeks to maintain alignment of the spine and proper functioning of the nervous system, is a central modality for maintaining wellness and keeping pain at bay. However, chiropractic is far from stuck in the past; in fact, it is a truly modern healthcare system that moves with the times. Given factors that include an aging population, a more sedentary workforce, and the ubiquity of less active forms of entertainment, we are treating more people than ever who are suffering from premature degeneration of the spine. The domino effect that this causes in terms of overall health is exactly why chiropractic care is more important than ever.
A frequent complaint: lack of mobility in the spine
While the upper and lower segments of the spine are designated regions of stability, the middle region, also known as the thoracic spine, is designated as a mobile region. The spinal motion segments in this part of the back are specially engineered for rotation, flexion and extension. In the sense of your spine, movement begets mobility; you need to keep your spine mobile to maintain its mobility. Thoracic spinal mobility has important implications in the functioning of the upper and lower body, and thus maintaining its mobility is of vital importance. Unfortunately, many of the people we help at Holmes Chiropractic come in and exhibit signs of poor mobility in the spine. Poor spinal mobility affects us in myriad ways:
- Restricted range of motion
- Uneven development of supporting musculature
- Lack of coordination between moving parts of the body
- Communication breakdown along a vital pathway of the nervous system
2018 is the year to proactively fight for your health
Many of us enter each new year with nagging concerns over our health- a sore back, a growing midsection, more fatigue, less happiness. Each new year, we resolve to do something about it and for a month or so we hold on to this vague newfangled desire for something better. Yet after a few months our resolve weakens and we slip into the same patterns and habits that let us down in the first place. So what’s going to change this year? Having help on your side. Read on to find out how Holmes Chiropractic is your ally in wellness.