Keeping your spine healthy is important for your overall health and wellness. Maintaining proper posture and exercising will help keep your spine healthy but chiropractors are able to evaluate your spine and correct any misalignments you may not know you have.
How do we know if our spine is healthy or not?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The presence or absence of pain is definitely not the answer. You could have an unhealthy spine and not have symptoms yet. A proper evaluation really is the best way to check the health of the spine, but posture is a really good indicator to start with.
In what ways can a chiropractor help us keep our spine healthy?
Dr. Scott Gardner: We are all under stress in our daily lives. Stress causes muscles to tighten and shift the spine out of the normal alignment, creating pressure on the nerves. That’s what we call subluxation. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to locate and correct these subluxations.
What are some signs and symptoms that our spine might be unhealthy?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Some signs and symptoms that the spine is unhealthy are number one, posture. And we have a saying, posture is the window to the spine, and the spine is the window to health. Secondly, things like neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness, or tingling. Third, headaches or sinus troubles. And fourth back pain, leg pain, and feet falling asleep. Just to name a few.
What role does proper posture play in keeping our spine healthy?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Proper posture helps to keep nerves and blood vessels healthy, supports muscles, ligaments, and tendons. People who have good posture are less likely to experience back or neck problems.
What are some other ways we can try to keep our spine healthy?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Some ways to keep the spine healthy are regular exercise, maintain proper sitting posture, maintain proper sleeping posture, regular walks, keeping the body in motion and most importantly, regular chiropractic care.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Scott Gardner visit www.gardnerfamilychiro.com or call 973-614-9256 to schedule an appointment.