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Below we have brainstormed a quick list of Christmas-specific risk factors for your spine:
Indulging is good for the soul; a single slice of pie can bring a measure of happiness that is hard to find elsewhere. But there is such a thing as diminishing returns on each consecutive slice of pie. And while overindulgence is symptomatic of the holiday season, it is always worth keeping things in perspective when it comes to your physical fitness. At Holmes Chiropractic, we are in the business of body balance- and the holiday season is a consistent challenge for the fitness of our patients. Here are some friendly holiday reminders from your chiropractor.
Messenger bags, gym bags, huge purses, briefcases; a single unit for carrying your personal belongings is a vital component of keeping your life together throughout the day. However, we rarely put any thought into the type of bag we use or how we carry it until it is causing us back pain. When it comes to selecting a pack, functionality should be the primary consideration, not fashion. To prevent problems from developing, take a few seconds to analyze your posture when you are carrying your bag.
These simple questions are even more important for our children, who carry a bag back and forth to school every day. The developing spine is susceptible to the added pressure of a heavy backpack. The extra compression of the pack can cause changes in the curvature of a developing spine and lead to pain in the back, neck and shoulder.
The most effective way to overcome sciatica is to do something about it the second you suspect you are suffering. The earlier we catch and detect the problem, the easier it is for our action plan to address and solve the underlying problem. Letting sciatica symptoms linger, hoping they will get better by themselves, can lead you down a road of further complications as the problems compound.
It is a natural part of aging that also makes you aware of aging. At some point in our 30s, we begin to lose a percentage of our muscle mass each consecutive year. If you are a relatively active person, the loss may be low; if you are a generally inactive person, the loss can be as much as 3-5% This is alarming because it really starts to accelerate once you reach the age of 65.
While we are at a standpoint of knowing that exercise is beneficial, the medical community is still at a loss as to explain how exercise causes the observed benefits. And while thousands of theories abound, we still have no definitive, commonly-accepted scientific explanation for the way exercise affects our biology to create positive changes. However, you don't have to bury yourself in theory to realize that exercise does create positive changes:
Exercise is the single best thing you can start doing for your body. When was the last time you hit the 150-minute-per-week goal of exercising?