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Spinal Health

July 19, 2012

Why is Spinal Health So Important?

Thomas Edison once said: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Thomas Edison definitely had it right, in order to prevent disease, we need to take care of the human frame, beginning with the spine.

My guess is that most people take a healthy spine for granted…in fact, unless we have a backache or injury, we probably don’t give our spine a 2nd thought, it’s overlooked.

If you haven’t had your spine checked lately, maybe it’s time you should, here are

10 Important Reasons to Have Your Spine Checked

  • The fact that you exist is reason enough. You should be your #1 priority, be healthy now, don’t wait until you are experiencing extreme pain.

  • It can be very expensive to have chronic back issues. When we come face to face with an unhealthy spine, the costs of treatment can be overwhelming. Why wait when your only option is surgery when in most cases your problems could be resolved well before that stage.

    • Just like maintaining your car costs a lot less that a huge engine repair, maintaining your nervous system and spine by getting checked and adjustments on a regular basis can save not only money, but improve your overall wellness and keep you from experiencing pain.

  • As you grow older, your spine can age differently in different areas, depending on your lifestyle. By maintaining your spine’s health you may actually look and feel years younger.
  • Minor problems can lead to major problems. As we mentioned before, it’s easier, less painful and more economic to correct minor problems than wait for them to get worse and you run the risk of developing a condition that may not be able to be corrected.
  • How do you want to live your life? Having a healthy spine is a definite condition for good quality of life.
  • It doesn’t take long for a spinal misalignment to begin to deteriorate, in fact, research has shown that in as short as 2 weeks, deterioration begins and your condition worsens.
  • Part of the job of your spine is to protect your nervous system. As spinal problems go uncorrected, your nervous system and many areas of your body will be negatively affected, and can cause additional pain and health problems.
      • Your spinal nerves not only go to your muscles, but also affect your organ function. Keeping your nervous system at the spinal level clear will help you in your ability to digest, breathe, keep your energy levels up and stimulate immune function.
  • Just because you are not experiencing pain right now doesn’t mean you don’t have spinal problem. Pain is not the first indicator that you have a problem, in fact it is often the last. Preventative exams will help discover situations before they become problems.
  • You want the use of your spine when you need it (which is always). I have heard people say, “My car never breaks down until I need it”. To me, that’s a given…if you didn’t need it, you wouldn’t know that it had broken down. And unlike a car, we need our spines to be in good health all the time.

What Should You Do?

To me, it’s quite evident, have your spine checked and adjusted on a regular basis, even if it doesn’t feel like it’s necessary. What is it they say about an ounce of prevention…?

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