According to World Spine Day’s website, back pain is the second most common cause for people visiting the local doctor’s surgery after upper-respiratory infections.
In celebration of the event, which took place this October for its fifth consecutive year, we speak to Shaheeda Chowdhury, one of our Clinic Directors and resident Chiropractors about Chiropractic and its role in the maintenance of a healthy spine.
Shaheeda, what role does Chiropractic play in maintaining a healthy spine?
“Chiropractic treatment plays an important role in the maintenance of a healthy spine as it ensures that the spine, muscles and nervous system all work at their optimum. As these all work together, it is important to maintain all three components.
“Pain can come about from poor posture, repetitive activities, prolonged physical stresses or trauma, to name just a few examples. Regular Chiropractic check ups pick up on any issues that may be irritating the joints, muscles or nervous system which in turn can cause pain, inflammation and poor function of the body.”
What are the most common spinal conditions you see on a daily basis?
“Lower back pain, headaches and neck pain, frozen shoulder, slipped discs, sports injuries, pregnancy related muscle or joint pain, and musculoskeletal pain in children.”
Do you have any ‘easy to do at home’ tips for activities/exercises that would help with spinal health maintenance
“The main tip I can offer is staying active whether it be going for short walks, light housework, or gentle exercises and stretches at home.Trying to do different things throughout the day will enable the spine to stay flexible and not settle into a set place, thereby creating poor posture. It ensures you loosen up and awaken the muscles, keeping the spine agile so pain doesn’t occur.
“Being careful when lifting and carrying heavy items is also essential as this can add a significant amount of pressure to your back, causing misalignment of the spine and pain. Pushing heavy objects puts less strain on the back than picking them up or pulling them from place to place. If you need to move a heavy object make sure you keep it close to your body and use your legs when lifting to keep the pressure off your back.
“Lastly, preventing weight gain not only keeps your whole body healthy, but also keeps your back strong and flexible. Adding weight only puts more stress on your back, which can misalign the spine and aggravate nerves.”
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