Health is a huge topic these days. It always has been — but as science and nutrition has become more sophisticated, staying healthy has become a bigger concern for a lot of people. We have an endless number of diets and exercise regiments to try. Information about new health risks — and new health opportunities — is constantly reaching us through the internet and television. New technology is also changing the way we think about health. Smart bracelets and watches in particular are providing us with detailed information about everything from resting heart rates and calories burned to the quality of sleep we’re getting at night.
In the midst of all these exciting developments in health and wellness, important questions are raised. For example: What are the basic building blocks of a healthy body and health lifestyle?
Obviously, diet is important. There’ s a good reason why nutrition has emerged as such an important focus amongst health-conscious Americans. Another important factor is exercise. People are trying to workout programs all the time, whether they’re just trying to feel better, or have specific goals related to certain parts of the body — such as developing greater leg strength.
The spine is such a basic building block of health that people often take it for granted. It’s a key part of the body’s central nervous system, and it can affect virtually any aspect of health — whether positively or negatively.
Why exactly is spinal health so important?
The short answer is that your central nervous system is protected by your spine. In order words, the condition, flexibility, and overall health of your spine will have a direct effect on your central nervous system — which has far-reaching health effects throughout your body.
Posture is a great example. Have you ever noticed that when you sit for long periods with poor posture, your entire body invariably feels tired and stiff? On the other hand, if you make a conscious effort to improve and straighten your posture while sitting — and if you also take frequent stretch breaks — you’ll notice an immediate improvement in the amount of physical and mental energy you have. This is because your central nervous system is working better. With poor posture, it’s very hard to achieve high levels of performance — whether it’s working, playing sports, or just enjoying life.
Posture isn’t the only thing that leads to spinal problems. It’s also possible to have weaknesses and imbalances in the muscles around the spine. Injuries and other physical conditions can also affect spinal health. Bad habits can reinforce themselves over time, leading to other weakness and injuries in the spinal column.
Treating your spine better means living better!
When people realize that improved spine health really can and does lead to better overall health, and even sharper mental clarity, they usually begin to see results quickly. This may include the help of a chiropractor, who can make specific spinal adjustments (also called “subluxations”) to correct imbalances and illnesses in the spine. It may also include specific adjustment to posture, lifestyle, stretching and exercise. These are all great ways to increase spinal health — and the results will speak for themselves!