At some point in our lives, about 80% of us will suffer from back pain. In fact, according to the US Department of Health, the most common cause of functional disability in people over 50 is due to spinal disorders. This means the activities we do every day like playing with our kids, walking into the grocery store, and golfing are at risk due to a simple spinal misalignment. How do we prevent spinal misalignment? Easy – spinal maintenance!
To a certain extent we all live under the impression that if we aren’t in pain, then everything is okay. Unfortunately, when the body lacks spinal care it is far too easy for its intricate parts (24 vertebrae plus the pelvic girdle!) to be subjected to extra wear and tear – leaving it vulnerable to damage. Like regular dentist appointments keep your teeth & gums healthy through cleanings and checks for potential problems (cavities, gum disease) – your chiropractor also ensures the health of your spine during regular adjustments. By adhering to a chiropractic wellness schedule, regular adjustments help patients avoid costly health problems, while also improving spinal function and overall health by optimizing the nervous system.
While there is no guarantee that spinal injury can be 100% avoided, keeping a chiropractic wellness schedule, in addition to the following steps can improve the likelihood of spinal health:
- Receive regular adjustments (1-2 times per month, depending on activity level)
- Stretch daily, including yoga and/or pilates
- Eat a diet rich in natural sources of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium
- Perform core and paraspinal strengthening activities on a daily basis
- Maintain good posture
For advice on adopting any of the above habits and more health tips, visit BeebeChiropractic & WellnessCenter online at our blog, Facebook or twitter page or call us in the office at 503-620-1280.
Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Tigard, OR within the Portland Metro area. Dr. Daniel Beebe cares for patients with sports, work & auto injuries, neck pain & lower back pain, headaches & migraines, chronic pain, scoliosis and more. For more information visit BeebeChiro.com or follow viaFacebook or Twitter.