An aligned back and body brings many benefits! Besides getting chiropractic care from Dr. Infantino, there are things you can be doing on your own to keep good alignment. Posture is what you probably think of first, but there are other things you can be doing, too. Check out the list of five tips below and start being conscious of them every day!
5 Tips To Help You Maintain Proper Alignment
by Dr. Peter J. Braglia August 3, 2013 5:00 AM
Anyone who’s ever driven and maintained an automobile for an extended period of time has likely dealt with an alignment problem. The effects of a few simple fender-benders or a minor collision may create a misalignment that’s not immediately obvious. Our bodies are very much like automobiles, and we may not realize that our own alignment is off until an ankle sprain leads to knee trouble or the occasional ache develops into chronic pain — or worse yet, we need surgery or a hip replacement.
When we lose proper alignment, we see joints begin to break down or wear out. This is due to uneven weight distribution. As a chiropractor, I understand the human body is better able to deal with stressors when there is balance in the spine, allowing the nerve system to work free of any structural interference. The focus of chiropractic care is to keep the bones of the spine (vertebrae) in their proper relationships with each other, which enhances the function of the spine and nerve system in order to allow the body to fully express its maximum potential and work optimally.
When the vertebral joints lose proper positioning and alignment, it leads to abnormal motion and movement, which affects how the brain communicates with the body and alters the firing pattern in the central nervous system. We call this nerve interference. This altered communication can affect your entire body, even your immune system. By reducing this nerve interference, your body can assume its true, healthful vigor.
To maintain proper alignment, follow these tips:
1. Work on your posture.
These are only a few tips, as there are other treatments you can incorporate — such as Pilates and massage — that can also promote spinal alignment. Remember, in the early, easiest-to-correct stages, spinal misalignments often produce no noticeable symptoms. That’s why it’s essential to your overall health to have a wellness plan that can identify problem areas that can be addressed before they become headaches, back pain or more serious health issues.
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