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The Importance of Body Weight in Spinal Health

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When it comes to losing weight, there is a lot of misinformation.

It's important to know what to listen to- what is real, sound advice and what is just a fad. Everyone knows that they should maintain a healthy weight: it helps with cardiovascular health, makes diabetes less likely, lowers blood pressure and generally helps prevent a host of diseases. But I want to give you a less-thought-of reason to target a healthy weight: the health of your spine. If your life involves recurring or chronic back pain, one of the best ways to improve this suffering is by losing the excess poundage. 

Carrying around excess poundage puts more burden on the structures of your body including the joints, tissues and vertebrae in the back.

This can lead to subluxation which puts pressure on the spinal nerves and causes pain. At Associates in Chiropractic, we can help. Here's how:

  • Chiropractic adjustment: how can you reasonably expect to jump off the couch and exercise if you are feeling pain? Our goal here is to make sure that spinal imbalance is not holding you back from achieving your true potential. Spinal adjustments improve your range of motion and make you less vulnerable to injury. 
  • Nutrition: nutrition is an individual science. Our nutritional advice is focused around consuming wholesome ingredients that are specific to your condition. For example, if you suffer from pain and inflammation, eating anti-inflammatory nutrients can help a lot. 
  • Exercise: every body is designed differently. The stretches and exercises that work for one person may cause pain and discomfort for the other. We monitor the overall health and strength of your body before customizing a set of stretches and exercises that you can implement from the comfort of your own home. 

Reaching your target weight with the help of a certified accountability partner

Losing weight is one of the best ways to beat back pain:  While the process of losing excess pounds can seem overwhelming, it is made easier when you have a team on your side. As you attempt to lose weight and improve your well-being, we will be there for you every step of the way. 

Troubling Trends: Youth Back Pain on the Rise

We wouldn't stop short of calling it a public health crisis

The fact that the demographic for back pain is shifting towards younger populations should cause great concern. Back pain and the associated problems are among the top contributors to disability in our society. If we see these problems affecting people at younger ages, then it follows that they may become disabled at an earlier age as well. So what are we to do about this worrying situation? 

Read more: Troubling Trends: Youth Back Pain on the Rise

Conservative Care Comes First

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Back pain requires a coordinated treatment plan

If you live a life that is defined by chronic, or regularly-occuring, back pain, it is time to put your foot down and seek treatment. Yes, the human body is resilient enough to suffer for years with back pain symptoms, but what is it doing to your quality of life? The first step toward rehabilitating your back and potentially the first step toward leaving back pain behind for good is conservative care. 

Read more: Conservative Care Comes First

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