USEFUL INFORMATION RELATING TO CHIROPRACTIC AND YOUR SPINE
DID YOU KNOW?
Research suggests that your 5th Lumbar disc can withstand up to 50psi whereas the pressure in most car tyres is between 30-35psi!
Your spinal discs consist of two parts:
- The outer tough annular fibres (often described as a car tire)
- The softer centre is known as the nucleus pulposis, which consists of crab meat-like texture
HOW FINE IS YOUR SPINE?
The literature currently indicates that your neck curvature is extremely important. A reduction in the cervical curve has been linked with a reduction of the blood supply to the brain in a recent study.
Researchers developed what is now known as the 'Harrison full spine model', which dictates that the optimum curvature for the cervical spine is 42.5 degrees.
Within your neck 2/3rds of the weight are designed to load through the bony facet joints to the rear of the spine, whereas only 1/3rd of the weight goes through the spinal discs at the front of the spine.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ORGAN IN YOUR BODY?
When asked this question many of our clients immediately assume that your heart is the most important of all your organs.
In order to find the true answer, we must ask the question...
"what controls your heart?"
The answer is the same answer for every other organ in your entire body...
In order for your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe and your stomach to digest your brain is constantly interacting with every living cell in your body through neurohormonal pathways.
Your brain is so important that it is the only organ encased within a solid bone vault, it is the true master controller of your nervous system.
Did you know that your pain has a purpose?
Pain is an alarm that alerts your body when something is wrong. Pain killers are designed to turn off these alarms. Blocking these essential signals can lead to further deterioration of the underlying issue.
Additionally, they come with an array of possible side effects such as headaches, drowsiness and nausea.
A recent study recognised that those who underwent a course of chiropractic care were up to 55% less likely to need a prescription of strong opioids (such as co-codamol, morphine and fentanyl)
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to reduce low back pain. Focusing on the cause of the problem to provide long-lasting effects on your health.
Is it a good idea to try self-manipulation?
When we attempt to self manipulate our spinal joints, we often affect the joints above and below the problematic area?
These areas are often compensatory “hyper-mobile” meaning they are already lax. Doing so may lead to increased joint laxity at these points, promoting further issues.
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to specifically and effectively target the problematic joint restoring normal healthy movement throughout the spine.
Even fully qualified chiropractors get their colleagues to assess their spine and adjust it appropriately, as they know how detrimental self-manipulation can be.
If this is a habit you have picked up, it may be worth getting your spine checked by a trained professional to find out what underlying issue may be causing this urge.
A Chiropractor's Top Tips For Low Back Pain...
1. Keep Hydrated...
At birth your spinal discs are approximately 80% water, in order for your discs to function properly, they must be well hydrated. A common mistake most people male os consuming large amounts of tea and coffee with little water intake throughout the day.
2. Choose Ice Over Heat With One Exception...
Applying ice to your back for 10 minutes is one of the most effective ways to ease pain and soreness due to its anti-inflammatory, cooling effect. The exception to this rule is a back that feels stiff during mornings as opposed to painful, in this case, apply a hot water bottle to the area for 10 minutes.
3. Avoid Sitting For More Than 20 Minutes At A Time...
Our spine is not designed to sit down for long periods of time, therefore it comes as no surprise that sitting exerts roughly around 10 times as much pressure as standing upright. When we sit the majority of us slouch, in this position the key supportive spinal muscles become inactive and no longer protect your spine from this pressure. Over time this may lead to back pain, aches and even stiffness.
4. Try Not To Sleep On Your Front...
When lying on your front your spine is in a twisted position, in which excessive pressure can quickly build-up. Therefore always avoid sleeping on your front at all costs, as this position is an easy way to aggravate and irritate your spine.