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Sitting is The New Smoking!
By Dr. Katy Mooberry DC
Did you know that sitting for your spine is like what smoking is for your lungs?! Studies show that for every hour of TV that people watch while sitting cuts about 22 minutes from their lifespan, while it is estimated that smokers shorten their lives by about 11 minutes per cigarette. Canadian research has found that the more time people spent sitting, the earlier they died.
Prolonged periods of sitting are bad for the spine because we tend to slump while sitting, which means that we lose the natural curves of the spine that act as a shock absorber. This slumped posture straightens the spine and the spring-like ability of the spine is lost, therefore more pressure is placed on the disc and joints. This can lead to tears or thinning of the disc and increased muscle spasms and abnormal bony growth to support the unstable area. This abnormal bony growth is known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), aka arthritis, and it is irreversible and can eventually lead to fusion of the spinal bones.
Essentially, this is aging of the spine and the faster DJD develops, the less mobility we have. This can lead to a decline in the quality of our life. Spinal conditions are progressive in nature and can increase as the degenerative process progresses.
An even more important reason to maintain good spinal health is that the spinal column protects the spinal cord. The nervous system controls every action and movement in our bodies and when degeneration puts stress on these nerves they cannot communicate with the organs, muscles and tissues that they control and they too will start to degenerate.
Furthermore, this flexed posture, aka Forward Head Posture (FHP), can lead to a shortened life span. For every inch your head moves forward, it gains 10-12 pounds in weight due to leverage. This causes the muscles in your neck and upper back to work harder leading to headaches, dizziness and fatigue. This abnormal leverage can pull the entire spine out of alignment, resulting in 30% loss of lung capacity. It also places compressive loads on the upper back leading to the development of a hump and eventually compression fractures. Finally, a study from Johns Hopkins University found that FHP was associated with a 1.44 greater rate of mortality or about 14 years.
Finally, spinal degeneration does not always cause pain or discomfort. You could be walking around with it progressing and until you make a wrong move and cause an injury, you may never know it. Often times when an individual comes in to have this injury checked out, it is the first time they discover they have DJD. This is why you need to maintain your spine, just like brushing your teeth, you can prevent or stop further degeneration and improve your quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about good posture, please call Dr. Mooberry at Get Moving Chiropractic at 303-670-7777 or email@example.com or www.evergreenchiropractor.com.
Chiropractic Manipulation in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1994 (May); 17 (4): 246–249
Chiropractic manipulations were rendered 3 times per week for 4 wk, to the subject's cervical spine, right elbow and wrist using a low amplitude, short lever, low force, high velocity thrust. Significant increase in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were noted. Orthopedic tests were negative. Symptoms dissipated. In this case study, chiropractic made a demonstrable difference through objective and subjective outcomes.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Davis et al. (1998) compared chiropractic treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) to nonsurgical medical treatment. The chiropractic group used manipulation, ultrasound, and wrist supports while the medical group used wrist supports and ibuprofen. While both treatment groups improved significantly, the authors noted that chiropractic represents an alternative conservative treatment for CTS, especially for patients "who are unable to tolerate ibuprofen" (322).
Scoliosis Treatment Using a Combination of Manipulative and Rehabilitative Therapy: A Retrospective Case Series
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2004 (Sep 14); 5: 32
The combined use of spinal manipulation and postural therapy appeared to significantly reduce the severity of the Cobb angle in all 19 subjects. These results warrant further testing of this protocol.
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