Serial immobility: the insidious, behind-the-scenes antagonist which is responsible for many of America’s back problems. Obesity and diabetes get most of the headlines but poor posture and lack of movement are equally as epidemic. For people with spinal dysfunction of any degree, immobility is either a key contributing factor or a concurrent aggravator. It was not too long ago that doctors would prescribe bed rest for rehabilitating spinal injuries. But now this is reserved for only the most severe cases, in which movement causes too much pain to make it worthwhile. So what exactly happens to your body when you commute for half an hour each direction, sit in a chair for 8 hours with minimal breaks and come home to a couch for a binge-television session? Here is a small idea:
- Joints are losing their range of motion
- Circulation is poor, meaning the systems of your body are not getting enough oxygen and nutrition.
- Intervertebral discs are tightening.
- Muscles are tensing and tightening to a harmful degree
If your posture is poor, then these problems scale up even higher. At Associates in Chiropractic, we believe in the power of movement, both for the treatment of spinal dysfunction and for prevention. It is simply a key to a healthy back care lifestyle. Finding the time to stretch instead of checking your facebook for the umpteenth time, or going for a walk in the middle of a movie marathon, can make all the difference to your back.
Unlock your body’s potential to feel great by calling our office in Hackensack at (201) 342-6111. We will help you find an awareness and a thirst for good posture and healthy movement. It does not have to be a life-upending change: we start small, doing only what you feel comfortable with. Once you get a taste for how good you can feel, we believe you will take your health into your own hands; we just provide you with the nudge.
Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C.