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In the adult spine, there is a near-constant cycle of tension accumulation and release. But depending on the balance of our lifestyles, the factors which contribute to tension accumulation can win out. When this happens, our spines suffer- from compression of intervertebral discs and spinal nerves, to shortening and loss of strength in the muscles, almost everything about the tension cycle tends to reduce our spine's innate mobility. One way to fight back against this cycle is to use relaxation to promote spinal mobility on a daily basis.
The hip flexor is a group of five muscles that connects the femur to the pelvis and forms a pivotal part of the connection between your upper and lower body. Because of their location, the hip flexors can either be a blessing or a curse- while they are essential for healthy movement and the transference of forces, they can also be implicated in poor posture. The fact is that poor posture most often originates in the lower body, particularly here in the hips, and not in the back as we would think. When we sit all day, our hip flexors remain overly tightened, losing their flexibility in the process. As we will find, this causes a number of problems relating to posture and spinal health.
When it affects the bones in the back, osteoporosis becomes one of the most serious spinal conditions in the human experience. Even simple motions like giving a hug come with the potential to cause a broken bone in the spine. With this in mind, being proactive about strengthening and stretching the muscles that support the spine is of signal importance. However, any plan for exercising with osteoporosis must be undertaken with an immense amount of care and consideration. At Holmes Chiropractic, we help people with osteoporosis care for their spines by developing exercise plans that avoid potentially hazardous movements and maximize the strength of the supporting musculature.
To begin with, women have a greater diversity of primary body shapes than men:
These terms refer to a woman's skeletal structure and give us key insights into where her body distributes weight, both from muscle and fat; we use this map of weight distribution to determine the source of certain forms of back pain. No matter what your gender or body shape, weight control is an integral part of back care. Yet, as we will find, women are still disproportionately at risk for other back pain conditions.
This article states that the average worker spends 51 minutes commuting, making Houston the city with the 11th longest average commute in the nation. What’s more, another survey placed Houston 6th in the nation in the category of most stressed out commuters. One of the the more silent victims of our commuter culture is your spine! Most cars are not designed with the human spine in mind; they are often ergonomically negligible. We then combine this lack of support with poor posture and high stress levels which pose a significant threat to our musculoskeletal balance. 51 minutes represents an opportunity or a curse for commuter spines across our community- read on to find out how you can protect your spine against the daily commute.
Nutrition, along with exercise, is the best way to manage chronic, daily back pain. Because your embattled spine needs all the support it can get, we are really doing ourselves no favors when we don’t take advantage of nutrition.
Nutrition is the best way to:
So why would we choose foods that literally do the opposite: increase inflammation, body weight and back pain, without giving us anything but a temporary pleasure? The instant gratification of the western diet has many of us trapped in its jaws where it wants us to stay, regardless of our back pain. It’s time to stop squandering this golden opportunity and make the right choices- we can promise you, your back will thank you!