Monday, October 16th is World Spine Day
A healthy spine is something that most of us don’t even think about. Until it becomes unhealthy or injured – and then it’s all you can think about. Getting out of bed or bending over to put on your shoes can go from simple tasks that you do without a second thought to insurmountable challenges if your spine doesn’t work the way it needs to. Our spine is an integral part of daily life and the health of your spine can be impacted by many factors, many of which you have some control over.
Whether you have an active and physically strenuous life and job or you spend most of your day seated and “at rest” physically, there are ways to help your spine support the way your body needs to move. From chiropractic care to exercises and stretches that you can do yourself, there are many options to help you regain or maintain pain-free movement and action.
Knowing where to turn to is the first step. In the case of an injury or acute recurrence of a spinal concern, a Chiropractor is a good place to start. Doctors of Chiropractic are uniquely trained in the spine and its supporting musculature and structure. An assessment by a specialist, such as a Chiropractor, will provide an understanding of what the issue is and how best to move forward with treatment and care to get you back to normal movement and activity.
For ongoing maintenance of a healthy spine, there are numerous ways to keep you moving. The following are ways that you can be an active part of your spinal health for the long term:
Move, don’t sit!
The term “sitting is the new smoking” reflects the importance of getting this message across. Recent research has shown that the average North American sits up to 13 to 15 hours per day! Sitting loads extreme pressure on the spine as well as contributing to the shortening of connective tissue surrounding the spine and hips. Combined, long hours of sitting and inactivity contribute to a serious health risk. Get up and move as often as you can during your day.
Practice Proper Posture.
Educate yourself on the proper way to stand and move your body so that you reduce the risk of strain or injury. Check out the resource here for tips and information on how to be posture perfect.
Get To Know Your Spine
The health of your spine can affect much more than just your back. Headaches, shoulder or hip pain can all be related to spinal concerns. Know the ways that your spine can impact your health and how to correct imbalances. Check out this interactive tool for more information: Know Your Back
Where To Find Help When You Need It
Find resources and referrals from reputable sources. The information provided by The Canadian Chiropractic Association is a great place to start. There’s even a handy tool to assist you in locating a Chiropractor near you.
At Diversified Health Clinic, Dr. Krisjan Gustavson provides chiropractic care and education. Practicing for 30 years, he has extensive knowledge and experience to help assess and treat our patients with their spinal health concerns. Did you know that you most likely don’t need a referral from a GP to see a Chiropractor? Most extended health benefit companies cover Chiropractic care without a referral. At Diversified Health, we direct bill most companies which means you only pay the patient portion (if applicable).
Not sure if Chiropractic care is what you need? Give us a call and book a free 15 minute consult to find out. Check out our hours and contact information here.