Preventative Spinal Wellness Exercise
The human spine is designed for constant movement. But our modern lifestyles are not. We now spend hours per day sitting or standing, starting in early childhood. This is as devastating to our spinal and overall health as sugar is to our teeth.
While we cannot entirely transform our sedentary lifestyles or eliminate the related toxicities, we can employ strategies to counter the damaging effects. Just like dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, is a necessity of modern life, so too is spinal hygiene. Regular chiropractic care and postural and core exercises are required as part of our modern, industrial society.
Sitting and sedentary living results in global and segmental joint and muscle sedentary motion patterns. This leads to scar tissue adhesions and a lack of mobility, strength and conditioning, resulting in dysafferentation, also known as vertebral subluxation complex.
Chronic sitting also leads to chronic postural degeneration, most commonly exhibited in anterior head carriage and rounded shoulders. This leads to postural strain, further reductions in mobility, and dysafferentation (chronic vertebral subluxation complex).
At Brighton Beach and Somerville Chiropractic, we offer exercises that will counteract the problems created by modern domesticated and unnatural lives. These exercises are designed to provide what is required for healing and prevention of vertebral subluxation complex. They will restore and maintain range of motion, muscular strength and stamina, joint lubrication and nutrition, and proper posture. When these variables are restored and maintained, homeostatic afferent spinal neurology is also restored and maintained, which means you hold your chiropractic adjustments longer.
Although these specific exercises were not performed by our ancestors (neither was brushing or flossing teeth), they are congruent with our genetic requirements as they produce movement patterns that were once part of everyday life. Our goal is not to treat the effects of modern living but rather address the problems of modern living by providing correct movement patterns.
In the modern world, it is inevitable that spinal tissues will degenerate without regular conditioning. To counter the effects of sitting and sedentary living, our exercises can and must be considered essential.
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