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Q: What is spinal care maintenance?

Posted October 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Maintaining a healthy spine is much like keeping your teeth healthy or maintaining a healthy weight. Just as exercising at a gym or visiting your dentist for a check-up helps you manage your health, regular chiropractor visits help maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system.

When you make routine chiropractic care and spine maintenance a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.

Numerous research studies have shown that people who receive regular chiropractic care suffer fewer illnesses, injuries and degenerative diseases, and they report a better overall quality of life.

One of the main causes of pain and disease is the misalignment and abnormal motion of the vertebrae in the spinal column, called a subluxation. Chiropractic works by removing these subluxations in the spine, thereby relieving pressure and irritation on the nerves, restoring joint mobility, and returning the body back to a state of normal function.

Research suggests that many spine problems are caused by abnormal stress on the spine caused by poor posture and body mechanics. Maintaining a “neutral spine” with proper posture and body mechanics means maintaining your spine’s three natural curves — at the neck, middle back and lower back. Your spine is like a machine that requires regular care and maintenance to continue to operate at its fullest potential.

Information provided by Williamson Chiropractic, 206 S. Main St., 986-9189.

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