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The following three conditions are examples of spinal positions put the spine under more pressure than normal, leading to the onset (in some cases far too early onset) of spinal degeneration.
These positions also cause the narrowing of spinal discs and if left alone for long enough the curvatures can become even more exaggerated. Because these three positions cause increase compression of the spine, our goal is to reverse the ill-effects of this compression. One of the best ways to do this is through spinal elongation.
When you work out, either aerobically or by lifting weight, your body responds by increasing blood flow. This increased blood flow, also known as circulation, sends oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body including vital organs (think the brain), helping them to repair, regrow and function optimally. Let's look at what inhibits blood circulation and what we, as chiropractors, can do to let the blood flow (circulation-wise).
Chiropractic theory treats the spine as the foundation for wellness. As chiropractors, we do everything in our power to ensure the integrity of that foundation through natural modalities. Along the way, we would like to show you why this is the right way of going about things. Rather than a reactive form of health care, we seek to solve problems at their source before they blossom into something bigger and more troublesome.
Because every case of back pain is unique, each person's spine will respond to a different protocol for care. At Holmes Chiropractic, we begin with a comprehensive medical history and physical examination to determine what is causing your specific pain or dysfunction. Once we have pinpointed the root of the problem, we can move forward with a plan for treatment that utilizes one or multiple of the modalities in which we specialize.
The degree to which your workout will actually benefit and improve your physical fitness is heavily determined by the actions you take afterwards. At Holmes Chiropractic, we urge you to get the most out of every workout by observing a few simple guidelines afterwards.
Here is why we love our spine:
Now what happens when this great structure begins to falter?
The truth is, the lifespan of our spines is finite and most often, it is not designed to function as long as we are now able to stay alive. However, more and more we are treating more and more people whose spines have degraded as early as their twenties. Obviously this was not purposeful but, whether through injury or poor posture, it is a frightening precedent to set for a spine that (hopefully) needs to last you another 50 years.
Chiropractic care is integral to supporting the spine- by receiving regular assessments and adjustments we can make sure your spine is aligned and your nervous system is working properly. By gaining a feeling for how good it feels to have a straight and upright spine, you subconsciously begin to take the health of your spine more seriously. This usually means paying attention to posture and the strengthening of muscles that lend support to the vertebrae, especially in the lower back. If you are interested in maintaining the health of your spine long into the future, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.