We all know the importance of looking after our health. But what about our spines? Most of us only ever give our spines a thought when we suffer those pesky aches, pains and niggles.
When thinking about the steps to take to stay healthy, the first things most people think about are diet and exercise. Of course, they are super important, but your spine is also a massive building block in creating good and long-lasting health. A healthy spine is crucial to your overall well-being, which is why you should always take an active role in improving and maintaining your back health. Quite often, it’s only when our spines bring our attention to back pain that we give our backs the attention they deserve. And that’s where we’re going wrong.
Here our Fareham chiropractor at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic shines the light on five reasons we should all give our spines the daily care and attention they deserve:
1. Look after your spine and it will look after you
The more you neglect your spine, the more likely it is to give out on you when you need it the most due to physical activity or stress. Added stress on a weakened spine can overwhelm your nervous system and contribute to long term health problems.
2. No pain does not mean no problems
According to our Fareham chiropractor, back pain (or a lack of) is not always a true indicator of how healthy or unhealthy your spine is. As pain is often the last symptom of an unhealthy spine, regular chiropractic examinations that assess posture, weight balance and palpation are a more effective way of keeping your back health in check.
3. Your spine supports your whole body
Your spine is responsible for protecting your nervous system, the master control centre of your entire body. If you have a spinal problem that isn’t being properly managed, the function of vital organs and systems could be affected which may lead to further pain or health problems.
4. Your spine affects your quality of life
If you want to continue to live a healthy and active life as you age, it’s crucial that you keep your spine and nervous system in check. Over time, your spine and nervous system will deteriorate, however, despite what most people believe, this is due to subluxations, not age itself. Just like your car tyres wear down unevenly if they are misaligned, the same can happen to your spine. By adopting a healthy lifestyle and seeking regular chiropractic care, you can keep your spine healthy for much longer.
5. Small issues can lead to big problems
Heard the expression “the straw that broke the camel’s back”? This can be true for many people who ignore minor back pain. Lots of people ignore the warning signs that their spines may be unhealthy, often putting those twinges down to “one of those things” or the normal aging process. Back pain isn’t normal, whatever your age; and if you ignore the small things, you may be left to deal with the big things in the future. Remember that major problems are more difficult and can take longer to treat (and unfortunately are usually more painful).
Now that you know how important it is to start taking care of your spine, you can start making the changes you need for long lasting health. We hope the advice in this post can help you live a healthy and pain-free life.
For more help and advice on any spine related problem, our chiropractors at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic are here to help. You can contact our friendly team who can take care of you on 01329 280 283.
Here’s to the first step towards fantastic spine health.