Alright, so you're thinking "I feel ok, why should I come in for a visit?
The point is, as we get older (yes you, 30 something's), we get stiffer and are much more susceptible to new injuries with the slightest little twists and turns we make throughout the day. Sitting puts a huge amount of pressure on our joints and discs, and dangerously so when we slouch and peer into our computer screens. These compressed discs and joints are less stable and are just waiting for an accident to happen.
Prolonged sitting that precedes lifting or even mildly strenuous activity can set you up for disaster even though there may not be any pain at the moment! Patients who come in for treatment who report no specific trauma to trigger their injury far outnumber those who report a specific incident to explain their pain.
SO, HOW DOES GETTING ADJUSTED PREVENT INJURIES? READ ON:
- take the pressure off compressed, poorly functioning joints and allows them to move with fluidity and coordination. That means less potential that you will turn or bend and go into spasm without warning.
- bring nutrients into the disc and move waste products out to help maintain the health of your spine. This again combats the horrors of sitting all day.
- immediately reduce abnormal muscle tension so you can move better.
OK, YOU SAY YOU DON'T SIT TOO MUCH?
You walk and stretch and go to the gym? Great, you should be doing that!! But, there still may be a problem you are unaware of. When some joints get stuck, or are off line just a bit, the joints above, below or both will start moving more than they should to compensate for this dysfunction.
The result is that you don't initially notice a restriction, and don't necessarily have any discomfort. No pain is a good thing except when there is no indication that a problem is at hand. Ultimately you probably will have pain and then you might be one of those people who say in explaining their injury: "I didn't do anything!"
KEYS TO AVOIDING BACK PROBLEMS:
- Avoid early morning lifting.
- Avoid lifting after prolonged sitting or flexion activities.
- Rotate jobs to vary loads.
- Allow frequent rest breaks.
- Maintain lumbar lordosis (keep the arch in the low back).
- Keep loads close to the spine.
GET ADJUSTED REGULARLY!! ONCE A MONTH WORKS
Yours in Health,
Lincoln Kamell, DC, CCSP