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With the technology and computer era, more people are sitting for more hours each day at work and commuting. All of this sitting, especially when combined with poor posture, has led to a massive increase in the deterioration of the human spine, leading to a host of wear and tear syndromes, suffering, degeneration, arthritis, and brain dysfunction.
Most of these problems can be prevented with a smart strategy utilized during long sitting periods at work, home, and driving. The discs and joints of the spine function like a sponge. The sponge must be squeezed to push out waste products, and released to pull in nutrients. If you leave the sponge on a counter, it will dry up and be rendered useless. A similar situation exists with the discs and joints of the spine.
After age 20, there is no direct blood supply to the discs of the spine, and very poor blood supply to the joint ligaments. Therefore, they must rely on motion and flexibility to receive their nutrients and eliminate wastes.
Long periods of sitting without motion can accelerate the deterioration of discs and joints, causing a variety of problems, diseases, and pain.
In addition, there are nerve ending in discs, joints, and muscles of the spine which are the primary drive and stimulation of the brain. These muscle spindles and joint mechanoreceptors rely on motion to be stimulated to keep the brain functioning well. With decreased flexibility and motion of the spine, these nerve ending do not stimulate the brain, leading to a variety of brain disorders, which explains why many of our elderly have brain deterioration syndromes, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and dementia. It is critical to take appropriate care of your spine to enjoy the highest level of humanism throughout your life.
STEP 1: Sitting with Proper Posture
Most people realize that proper posture when sitting is critical to a healthy spine and nervous system. The chin should be up, shoulders driven back, and ALL COMPUTER MONITORS SHOULD BE ABOVE EYE LEVEL, TO REINFORCE PROPER SITTING POSTURE. If you have been sitting for many years in a slouched posture, it will take time for you to get used to sitting with appropriate posture, so be patient. Shifting positions in your chair and standing up even for a few seconds very frequently will help. If you sit for long periods of time without getting up or exercising, your spine will rot.
STEP 2: Flexibility and Posture Exercises
Flexibility and posture exercises are critical to maintenance of a healthy spine and nervous system. There are three simple exercises that everyone can do right away to help prevent spinal degeneration.
STEP 3: Prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
In many cases, surgery, drugs, and the pain of CTS is avoidable with just few simple exercises. Chiropractic treatment may also very successfully help this situation. The rubber band exercise: take an average thickness postal rubber band and place it around your distal fingertips. Keep your fingers and thumb almost straight, in a claw-like fashion. Then, slowly open your fingers as far as possible against the band tension, and close slowly. Repeat several times a day, and steadily build up the frequency to your tolerance. Strengthen up these posterior forearm muscles, and the CTS may cease.
STEP 4: Chiropractic Consultation
If you are still suffering from spinal and extremity complaints, or nervous system dysfunction, a chiropractic consultation is indicated. If someone feels great, with no complaints, they may consider a chiropractic consultation as well to prevent future problems and for general health and wellness. Please call Dr. Pisarek at his office (416) 633-3000 and speak to him personally if you have additional questions regarding chiropractic treatment or any problems that you may have. Chiropractic treatment focuses on improving spinal joint health and nervous system integrity.
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