- Protecting your spinal cord and related essential nerves which make up the central nervous system.
- Giving structure and connection for your hips, legs, shoulders and arms.
- Serving as an attachment to muscles that enable movement.
- Providing a framework and support for skull and ribs.
Because the spine plays such a key role in the functions of the body, it is easy to see why proper spinal care is important to your overall health and wellness.
- Back and/or neck pain
- Leg, arm and/or shoulder pain
- Gait or foot problems
- Balance issues/dizziness
- Mobility issues
- Neck stiffness
- Poor concentration or memory
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing these symptoms, talk to your chiropractor. They can determine if an underlying spinal condition exists.
Monitoring your spinal health should be as routine as checking your blood pressure and watching your diet.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of an underlying spinal condition can help you identify an issue early before it becomes a bigger problem later in life.
There are three main factors that can lead to spinal conditions:
- Physical stress: Heavy lifting, repetitive action, poor posture, car accident, falls, dehydration.
- Chemical stress: Poor diet, alcohol, smoking, vitamin deficiency, medications.
- Emotional stress: Financial problems, marital/family issues, loss of loved ones, general depression.
If you have been injured in a crash, contact your chiropractor as soon as possible.
In a number of cases, your treatment care may be covered by ICBC upon case settlement.
Good overall health is the first step towards making sure your spine stays healthy. Prevention is also key to long-term back health. Here are a few tips:
- Warm up and cool down before beginning physical activities such as running, sports and even gardening. Take a few minutes to stretch and ease into the activity.
- Be mindful of repeat motions such as shoveling or reaching. Take frequent breaks and when possible switch hands.
- Maintain good posture especially in situations where you are seated for a long period of time. Stand up periodically or take a short walk.
- When lifting heavy objects, pay close attention to the way you are lifting. Bend your knees, tuck in your pelvis and hug the load.
- Never reach for a heavy object.
- Maintain a healthy diet and limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol consumption. Drink plenty of water. Quit smoking.
- Ensure you get enough sleep each night.
- Manage emotional stress as best you can.