Why Daily Spinal Hygiene Is Important for Your Health?

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Your spine is probably the most under valued structures in your body and you may start hearing more about it in the coming years due to the increase of utilization of handheld technology. The word “posture”, “text neck” and “anterior head syndrome” are starting to come up more in conversations along with higher utilizations of chiropractic care in Ontario. If you haven’t been for a check up, you may want to start sooner rather than later. Prevention is better than reaction. Society makes oral health a priority mainly because you can physically see your teeth compared to your spine. We have also been trained to take care of our oral health daily from a young age and we frequent the dentist or dental hygienist regularly because of education and habits. The hard truth is that you can always replace your damaged teeth, but you can’t replace a damaged spine. As of late, more families are choosing to take a better look at their health by having their spines checked and adjusted regularly by a chiropractor.
One thing to be said is that as we move into a more technological world and a more work-from-home world, our spinal health/hygiene and function will play a large role in our overall health and well-being as we move into our thirties, forties and fifties. Our time invested into spinal function has decreased due to sitting and lack of time for personal health. This in turn will play a role in a decrease of overall projected health and function for our future.    Your spine specifically is made up of 24 moveable bones called vertebrae along with 23 vertebral discs are used to help protect our amazing Central Nervous System (CNS) which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The roots of our communication pathways to all our organs and cells are housed there. It is very important to make sure that all of these bones and discs are healthy and functioning. These bones need to stay strong and need to have loading and de-loading functions daily from weight-bearing movement.  Daily weight-bearing movement for our spine and regular spinal check ups are an important factor in creating a healthy brain-body connection. Some good strategies that can be used are: 30-40-minute brisk walks, yoga, Pilates, or a well-rounded strength training program. Along with daily movement, the spine and central nervous system also require us to hydrate well throughout the day, eat healthy nutrient dense foods, breathe in oxygen and get quality sleep at night. If you can create healthy daily habits, you can create a healthy future. Take care of your spine and central nervous system because you only get one.