Now is the time to love your spine!

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The adult spine and pelvis has 29 bones and 77 joints between just those bones. It is important to keep all of your joints healthy, because dysfunction can occur at any one of those joints. Spinal dysfunction can present in the form of inflammation, pain, stiffness, or problems to the surrounding muscles, ligaments or nerves.

Your spine is your center. Without it you could not walk or even stand up straight. Your spine safely protects your spinal cord and all the nerves traveling from your brain to your limbs and organs. Any problems to the nerves can result in pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or organ dysfunctions. Without your nerves you would not be able to move or even breathe.

Your spine protects the key to life…your nervous system!

When your spine and its joints are working correctly your nerves work more efficiently.

Here are 5 ways to know if your spine is not working correctly.

1. Posture – Are you slouching forward? Is your head more forward than the rest of your body? You should be sitting up straight and your head should be over the top of your body, and your ears in line with your shoulders. If not, your posture is showing some spinal dsyfunction.

2. Strength – Is it hard for you to sit up straight for long periods of time? Would you consider your core muscles weak or strong?

3. Flexibility – Does your back feel stiff in the morning? Is it hard for you to touch your toes? How far back can you bend or twist to the right of left?

4. Mobility – Do you sit for more than 4 hours a day? Sitting to your spine is like candy to your teeth. Getting up and moving around is like brushing your teeth. So get up and brush that spine!

5. Pain – Do you have frequent pain to your neck or back muscles? Do you have numbness, tingling, or weakness to your limbs? These are huge signs of spinal dysfunction and you should get examined by your doctor or chiropractor as soon as you can.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask us how you can improve your spinal health.

Now is the best time to love your spine. It’s the only one you’ve got.

What are Chiropractic Adjustments?

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WHAT ARE ADJUSTMENTS DOING TO ME?

Adjustments help to restore motion to your joints. Chiropractors can use their own hands and pressure, or various types of tables and machines in order to get joints to move the way that they normally should.

By moving joints, we are able to send signals back to the brain, which then sends signals back to the muscles and joints in order to relax and become balanced.

Your body does exactly what you tell it to do, based on your actions. For instance, after breaking an arm you have to put it in a cast for a couple months. After you take the cast off, your muscles are tight, short, and you may have a hard time moving your elbow. The reason is because the cast has told your body that you do not need motion to that joint. This was necessary for the bone to heal, but now the muscles and joints are stiff as well. Your body is smart. The same thing happens in your spine.

What is really happening when you are sitting all day long at work?

You are teaching your body to have shorter Psoas muscles, shorter Hamstrings, and elongated Glutes which are all weakened by sitting. You also may be slumped over rounding your spine and carrying your head forward over your body. All or any of that can be happening.

So now, when you stand up, your posture is affected, because your body now thinks that is the only range of motion you need. Also, you may have some serious back or neck pain.

In the same way, when you put stress on your muscles at the gym, they become bigger and stronger. We can use the fact that your body adapts and we can change what was happening to you all day at work.

We, chiropractors, not only correct ranges of motion in your spine and joints, we teach you how to undo the patterns and imbalances that life has been teaching your body all day long.

Chiropractors treat disorders of the muscles, joints, and nerves. Some conditions chiropractors treat are neck pain, low back pain, joint pain in the limbs, and headaches. The effects adjustments have on general health are positive as they allow the nervous system to function at more optimal levels.

Chiropractors are trained in diagnosis and will conduct orthopedic and/or imaging in order to find out the source of the issue and then correct it. In addition, we are trained in exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.

Your body is an amazing, adaptive being!

All it needs is a little help.

You can read more about Chiropractic from our website: Elements of Wellness

Other useful links:
American Chiropractic Association
International Chiropractors Association