At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, our goal is to uplift our community one individual at a time. We do this by creating completely customized treatment plans that meet and address the specific musculoskeletal needs of our patients. It is a brutal world for our spines, those amazing structures which anchor the musculoskeletal system and house our central nervous system. Whether you work in an office chair or climb mountains for a living, your body has its own set of struggles and needs to keep it in a state of balance and health.
Back pain is a scary reality for many seniors- indeed it is one of the leading causes of disability in old age. Why? The short answer is that aging is tough on our spines. It's a mix of spinal degeneration, bone loss and muscle loss- in other words, all the pleasures of old age (we are being facetious). This coming together of circumstances creates crippling pain and life-changing spinal dysfunction. Such a serious threat to our wellbeing requires a proactive approach to healthcare. And if you are not finding enough relief from your symptoms with traditional healthcare, it could be worth considering chiropractic as an additional aid to your wellbeing.
We live in a society that is defined by the poor range of motion (ROM), that results from sedentary lifestyles and counterproductive behavior. But as much as 10% of our population is living with the opposite problem; the science may say that full range of motion is best, but what happens when you exceed that? Hypermobility refers to a condition in which your joints have too much ROM. Most often a hereditary trait, hypermobility, also known as congenital laxity, or ligamentous laxity, involves joints that can move beyond and even well beyond standard, healthy range of motion. It may seem that individuals who are double-jointed enjoy a natural advantage, and indeed it can be advantageous for young athletes who manage the condition appropriately. But the more startling reality for people with hypermobility occurs when their condition turns against them. Because the joints are so mobile, and so loose, they lack the stability necessary to prevent pain and injury. As you get older, the pain and dysfunction within a given hypermobile joint can become chronic, and then the condition becomes a syndrome.
We see a day in the future when workplace ethics, and indeed federal, state and city laws, require employers to look out for the wellbeing of their employees. Of course it is in their best interest to maintain a happy, and therefore productive, base of workers, but the amount of money, time and resources involved in such an idea are often deemed too sharp of a hit on the bottom line and the worker continues to suffer. So what does workplace wellness mean? To us, it means a working environment in which employees feel comfortable, supported and able to access the basic means of maintaining their health on a daily basis. This may mean providing ergonomic work environments, better nutrition options, onsite training for workplace exercise techniques, etc. However, from the present standing, this is only a dream and for the majority of the workers, the onus is still upon the individual.
When it comes to how you can influence your health on a daily basis, health experts usually iterate the same tenets: diet and exercise! Occasionally sleep makes it on the list, but rarely does posture. From this chiropractor's perspective, posture is of equal importance to sleep diet and exercise in the daily fight for your well-being. No matter what your job or lifestyle, your spine is being compressed daily; one of the only defenses it has against this omnipresent compression is posture. Posture is a make or break factor in health: with good posture, you protect your spine while feeling and functioning better; with poor posture, you are actually increasing the amount of compression and there is no telling how much damage you are piling on your spine.