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Spinal Hygiene

December 5, 2016

Page 3 Volume 5, Issue 12 Spinal Hygiene freely, thus causing stress or interference to the proper flow of information over the nerve system. Vertebral subluxation is kind of like cavities to your spine. You can have subluxation and be symptom free for years until the health of that area of your spine has deteriorated enough that injury occurs. Then you find yourself at a chiropractor’s office. Just like your teeth, it is better and less expensive to take care of your spine over time than waiting for something to go wrong and then reacting to it. If you are under chiropractic care right now I applaud you and encourage you to ask your chiropractor what more you can do to properly care for your spine. If you are not currently under care then there is no better time than the present to start. Find a chiropractor in your area and begin experiencing greater health and vitality today! Dr. Brian P. Rector Information Overload The sheer volume of information that is at our disposal with a click of a button is nothing short of amazing. It is important to stay informed of current events but it can become over- whelming as well. It used to be that news worthy information came via the newspaper, the nightly news, phone calls and/or hand written letters. Now, if you want it, you can stay connected 24/7. Traditional forms of communication have been replaced with 24 hr news stations with streaming banners running across the bottom of the screen, instant messaging, email, text messaging, Tweets, Facebook and many other forms of communication. Technology ...continued on page 4 The sheer volume of information that is at our disposal with a click of a button is nothing short of amazing. I’m sure the first thing you think of when you hear the word hygiene is not about your spine. You probably think of your daily personal care routine: washing your hair and body, applying deodorant and brushing your teeth. If you’re thinking of dental hygiene or going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned, you might think spinal hygiene sounds painful. Well, it’s not. In fact, it doesn’t really exist! It is a concept that I made up that makes a valuable comparison between the approach we take in caring for our teeth and the approach we should be taking in caring for our spine. I think we would agree that our teeth are very important and we are taught from a young age how we should take care of them and that we should visit our dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and preventative care. My question is this: Is your spine important enough for you to invest in practices that keep it healthy? Obviously your spine is important! It is there to hold you up each day and to protect a part of the most important and delicate system in your body, the nervous system. Besides being a structure for muscles to attach to in order to hold you up and move your body, the spinal column is a miraculous flexible suit of armor designed to protect your spinal cord. Everyday stresses affect the health of your spine. Stresses such as bending, twisting, falls, being on your feet all day, sitting at a desk or in a car for hours a day, emotional stress, environmental stress, and any more you’d like to add to the list cause tension on the spine that can lead to vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation is simply an area in the spine that loses its normal alignment or ability to move.

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