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Protecting your spine

“…in one year, $85.9 BILLION was spent on imaging, drugs, surgery, and doctor visits for low back pain, all of it was considered useless.”
~Newsweek, 3/15/2010

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Why do the traditional approaches to back and neck pain so often fail? It is because the most important thing to know is that spinal pain is your brain’s way of letting you know that there is a problem with the function of your nervous system (which by the way runs your body) and to please get some help! NEVER IGNORE PAIN any more than you would ignore a fire alarm going off. Drugs and surgery often have limited success as they do not address the cause of this pain which most commonly is vertebral subluxation. Your brain is committed to your health and will keep the pain alarm turned on until your health is restored. According to research, only Chiropractic can restore optimal structure and function to the spinal column which allows the pain alarm to turn off and health to turn on, naturally.

SOME EASY TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR SPINE AND NERVOUS SYSTEM:
• Always stretch before any strenuous physical activity (In fact it would be wise to engage in a regular stretching program. Don’t know what kind of stretches to do? Just ask us for a stretching sheet today!) Yoga classes are great for the spine!! Alyssa offers an incredible one hour class on Wednesdays at 6:10pm and Saturdays at 9:30am.
• Sit or stand with your shoulders back and your ears back over your shoulders, and a healthy inward curve in your lower spine.
• Sit in chairs or car seats with good lumbar support. When that lumbar curve is in place, your upper back and neck posture will follow!
• Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk around or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension.
• Don’t bend over without supporting your back and engaging your core by tightening your belly button towards your spine.
• Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
• Sleep on your side or back, never your stomach. Using a cervical pillow and putting a pillow in between your knees is also very helpful.
• Lift using the power of your legs, keeping the inward lower back curve in place and your core muscles engaged.
• Eat as much organic, whole food produce as possible, especially greens!
• Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of clean, filtered water
• And of course, get regular chiropractic care. In our “sitting-sedentary based” culture it is impossible to maintain optimal spine and nervous system function without receiving chiropractic adjustments minimally every two weeks. But hey, where else can you improve your health and energy level dramatically in a matter of minutes!!

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