Of the 3 causes of subluxations, physical, chemical, and emotional, most would consider the physical causes to be pretty transparent. After all, you don’t slip and fall and not know it.
But while physical triggers certainly consist of falls, auto accidents, sporting injuries, and so forth, the majority of us are more often affected by lesser considered, but much more prevalent causes. Things such as sleeping positions, the way we habitually sit, slouching, carrying purses and backpacks, occupational activities, etc.
Day after day of the same repetitive actions and movements eventually changes the physical balance of the body, often resulting in the development of subluxations. Let’s face it, if you are living any sort of physical lifestyle whatsoever, your spine is bound to end up with subluxations at some point.
So what’s a person to do? There are positive steps that you can implement to minimize the physical strain on your body and to help increase the effectiveness of your adjustments.
First, positive, structured physical activity is a must on a daily basis. Strength training and cardiovascular fitness can help counteract the negative forces that we inevitably place on our bodies every single day. And no, getting in and out of your car between sales trips does not constitute adequate exercise. Invest the time to take care of your physical health properly; it will pay huge dividends for years to come.
Secondly, it is extremely important that we pay strict attention to our posture. Keep in mind that the spine should be straight up and down from the front or back and should have 3 natural curves when viewed from the side. Your goal should be to maintain that posture as much as possible at all times.
This means that we need to continually be aware of how we are sitting, sleeping, lifting, driving, standing, etc.
Every physical activity you engage in has an impact on your body, and most of that impact is absorbed by the spinal column. If we are not doing our absolute best to maintain the spine, its natural tendency is to break down.
If you have any questions regarding how to properly implement an exercise plan or how to overcome incorrect postural habits, please let us know so that we can work with you to get you your absolute healthiest.
Remember that only a specific chiropractic adjustment can correct a spinal subluxation, but putting some simple action steps into play can not only complement your chiropractic care, but also increase the resilience of your physical body.