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Beat the Summer Slouch With Chiropractic Care & Other Healthy Habits

paddle boardingProlonged sitting, increased screen time, strenuous outdoor activities. It’s no wonder many people suffer from poor posture. The good news is that chiropractic care is a vital tool for maintaining optimal spine health and posture.

Understanding Optimal Spine Movement

“As chiropractors, we always strive to ensure optimal movement through the spine, which includes full extension and rotation without any resistance,” said Dr. Don.

One way to understand optimal movement is to assess the range of motion in your neck. You can test this by standing tall and bending your ear toward your shoulder, noting how far you can go down, and if it’s the same on both sides. Similarly, try rotating your neck as far as possible to the right and left.

A restricted range of motion implies that the muscles cannot fire through the full range. Over time, this may lead to muscle weakness, much like how muscles atrophy when they aren’t used, as with an arm in a cast. The saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it” applies significantly to the spine.

Summer Activities & Spinal Health

During summer, people tend to be more active, which is beneficial. However, it’s crucial to maintain symmetrical movement all through the spine. “Our spines comprise 24 vertebrae that should function like a rowing team, sharing the workload equally,” said Dr. Don. If certain segments are immobile, other parts have to compensate, potentially leading to injuries during activities.

Often, new patients express frustration about sudden back issues or the inability to turn their head upon waking up. These instances typically result from gradual stress accumulation over time, not just one incident, but an accumulation of small things that add up over time.

Everyday Habits for Improved Posture and Health

To help maintain good spinal health, consider these tips:

  • Be aware of your posture
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Consume nutrient-dense foods
  • Ensure you get enough sleep

Our physiology often reflects our inner state. Fun activities and positive interactions can improve posture, as they naturally make us stand taller. Conversely, negative emotions and isolation can lead to slouched posture.

Making Sense of Your Body

At South Side Chiropractic, our priority is to help patients make sense of their experiences. Many come to us feeling dismissed by other healthcare professionals, who tell them their symptoms are imagined. We seek to validate their experiences, assuring them that their pain isn’t merely in their head, but is a real physical sensation. Understanding what’s happening in their bodies can provide significant relief and pave the way for effective treatment.

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