We all know that diet and exercise play an important part in maintaining a strong body and healthy mind. We also know it’s important to stay away from unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking in excess, and spending too much time on the couch. Doctors often tell us that if we eat right and get plenty of exercise, many of our health problems will be improved—if not solved.
This is true, and it’s great advice—but there’s another key aspect of health that many people don’t watch very closely: Spinal health. Your posture and spinal alignment are factors that can affect virtually every aspect of your physiology, including your psychological health.
But how can this be? In this post, we take a look at some of the tangible ways in which spinal health affects the rest of the body—and how it affects every life as a result.
People with chronic headaches—especially migraines—often have spinal misalignment problems in their upper spinal column and neck. When this part of the spine is out of alignment, crippling headaches often result. A restricted supply of blood to the head and brain may be one of the reasons for this. Patients might think the headaches are stress-related, and are often amazed when spinal adjustments minimize or completely eliminate the problem.
Chronic tension and malaise in the body are no good for your sleeping patterns. When the spinal column and other key areas of the musculoskeletal system are out of alignment, the body has more difficultly reaching and maintaining deep levels of sleep. Recent studies show that chiropractic patients who were sleeping poorly experienced overwhelmingly positive results and improvements to their sleep after receiving adjustments from a qualified chiropractor.
Some areas of the middle-spine are linked to common skin conditions such as acne, eczema and other rashes/irritations. Correcting these misalignments and improving skin may involve several measures such as improving posture, spinal adjustments, modified exercise routines, drinking more water and improving diet.
Heart, liver and stomach conditions
When the spinal areas around major organs (such as the liver, heart, kidneys and stomach) are weak and/or misaligned, those organs can begin to suffer and weaken. Restoring spinal alignment, strength and health is one of the best things you can do for your vital organs.
Fewer Allergies & More Energy
Good spinal health is closely linked to a strong, healthy immune system, as well as better circulation. People who pay more attention to their spinal health—and take specific steps to keep their spine strong and correctly aligned—report higher energy levels, fewer allergies, and fewer common illnesses.
A Source of Health
Spinal health is a vital factor in maintaining excellent overall health and happiness. The spine is one of the most important parts of human physiology, and too many people take it for granted until they start having real problems. With a proper knowledge of the spine’s importance to overall health, and with specific measures (such as exercise, good posture, limiting your time on the couch, and/or visiting a qualified chiropractor for professional adjustments), you might notice drastic improvements to your health and quality of life.
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