Healthy Tips for a Healthy Spine

The following tips can help you take better care of your spine:
  • 1) Make sure you have a firm mattress because it helps keeps the spine aligned and supports its natural curve. The best sleeping positions are on your back or side, in order to prevent injury.
  • 2) When standing for extended periods, rest one foot on a small stool to maintain spinal curvature and relieve pressure. The knees should be bent when bending forward. Low-heeled shoes may help by maintaining spinal curvatures and cushioning your weight.
  • 3) Use chairs that promote good posture and support your back. Placing a lumbar support in the lower portion of your back may help support your spine’s natural curve. Readjust the seat of your car so that your knees are level with your hips.
  • 4) When bending forward, bend at the knees and hips, but keep your back straight. This will help to keep your spine’s curvature in proper alignment. When lifting, keep your spine straight while using your legs to do most of the work. Hold the objects being lifted close to your body to keep the weight on your spine to a minimum.

 

The ABCs of Subluxations

Vertebral subluxations are displacements of the spinal bones (vertebrae) that can cause stress to your spinal cord and nervous system. Subluxations may be caused by poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise, injuries, auto accidents, sports, slips or falls, and in some cases, the birthing process itself. Adjustments are very helpful in correcting subluxations and restoring optimal health.

 

Basics of Chiropractic Treatment

The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes two fundamental concepts:1) the structure and condition of the body influences how the it functions and the ability to heal itself; and
2) the mind-body relationship is instrumental in maintaining health and in the healing processes.Although chiropractic shares much with other health disciplines, a unique emphasis and application of philosophy distinguishes it from modern medicine. Chiropractor’s philosophy gravitates toward a holistic (“total person”) approach to healing which combines elements of the mind, body and spirit. It maintains that health depends on observing natural laws, and that deviation from such laws can result in illness.

 

Widespread Use of Chiropractic Care

The increasing interest in alternative forms of care has caught the attention of several health associations and government agencies. A 1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that “The estimated number of visits made in 1990 to providers of unconventional therapy was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical nationwide,” and chiropractor care was among the most frequently used non-medical therapies. A follow-up report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that the use of non-medical treatments had increased significantly since the 1990 survey, with “overall prevalence of use increased by 25%, total visits by an estimated 47%, and expenditures on services provided by practitioners of alternative therapies by an estimated 45%.” Of the survey respondents, one in nine (11%) had used a chiropractor’s care within the previous year.

 

A Brief History Of Chiropractic

Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and researcher performed the first recorded chiropractic treatment on September 18, 1895. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had complained of hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a “lump” on Mr. Lillard’s back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place, which he then repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several such treatments, much of Mr. Lillard’s hearing was restored. Since Dr. Palmer’s first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractor’s practice has progressed significantly. Today, advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the growing acceptance among other health care professionals makes chiropractic a popular health care choice.

 

How Does Nutrition Work?

Nutrition is a science that studies the relationship between diet and health. Deficiencies, excesses and imbalances in diet can produce negative impacts on health, which may lead to diseases as well as psychological and behavioral problems. The science of nutrition attempts to understand how and why specific dietary aspects influence health.

The human body is made up of chemical compounds such as water, proteins, fats, nucleic acids such as DNA/RNA, and carbohydrates. These compounds in turn consist of elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, or zinc.  All of these chemical compounds and elements occur in various forms and combinations in the human body.

The human body through necessity includes these elements that it eats and absorbs into the bloodstream and feeds our cells that  regulates our organs and the body’s systems such as the nervous system, cardiovascular-circulatory system, endocrine system and gastrointestinal system. Our cells are the basic living units in our body and require carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to make energy for the body. The quality and amounts of these nutrients makes a vast difference in how efficiently our cells can make energy. So it makes sense to state that if our cells do not have the proper nutrients-compounds then our organs and body systems will not work at their optimal level.

Imbalances

It is important to consume these compounds/elements in the proper quantity and quality on a daily basis to build and maintain healthy bodily function. An imbalance of nutrients can cause poor health or an imbalance of the body’s systems. This imbalance occurs whether the body suffers a nutrient excess or deficiency.

Deficiencies or excesses of various nutrients indirectly affect hormone function. Nutrients play a crucial role in hormone function because most nutrients are involved in cell-to-cell signaling. Hormones represent a link between nutrition and how our genes are expressed. Recent observations have demonstrated a pivotal role for nutrition in hormonal activity and function and therefore in health.