The reality of bone loss
Today, we're talking about bone loss, a natural part of aging that will occur to us all in varying degrees. Starting during our thirties and accelerating thereafter, our bones begin to lose mineral density. This leaves us vulnerable in a variety of ways- take our spines, which are already often compromised by unhealthy lifestyles, poor diets and lack of exercise. Bone loss makes the vertebrae weaker and therefore more likely to fracture from compression- the resulting compression fractures cause terrible pain, limit range of motion and can hasten spinal degeneration. So what can we do about it?
Stretching is so easy: why do we avoid it?
Many of our patients tell us how surprised they are at the ability of stretching to help them feel better. Whether you are mired in the grips of chronic back pain, or you haven't had a single complaint from your spine in all your life, you can still benefit from regular stretching. The fact is, most adults in America aren't moving enough. And if you are moving a lot, you need to condition your muscles to accept this movement. Stretching answers both of these calls: it can be adapted to work out muscles which are weak and stiff from lack of movement, or to ease muscles that have been strained from overuse.
Why is water-based therapy so good for the spine
Let us give you a bucketful of reasons. Begin with the suspension of gravity: as soon as you enter the pool, the majority of downward force on the spine is negated. The majority of water therapy routines are performed in warm-water pools designed to get your blood flowing (*make sure that exercising in warm water will not exacerbate other pre-existing health conditions*). The exercises involved are ultra-low impact, meaning that there is negligible wear and tear on the spinal joints compared to land-based exercises. Let's look at more reasons why water therapy is so desirable for people with back pain.
Spinal mobilization is a gentler form of chiropractic therapy
As with all other chiropractic techniques, our goal is to restore lost range of motion and improve the function of your spinal joints. Traditional adjustments are known as High Velocity, Low Amplitude (HVLA), which utilize a rapidly applied but low-force thrust to restore a spinal joint into neutral alignment. But some people require, and others desire, a more gentle form of care. The answer is mobilization.
Running is repetitive stress
At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we love running. It is an instantly-accessible activity that boots fitness and wellness in a single, simple package. We always say, if it gets you active, we support the activity! But don't make the mistake of thinking it is truly low-impact. In fact, running is quite high impact by nature; the repetitive jarring motion involved in striking the ground sends shockwaves up the body, through the joints of your lower body and into your spine. The lower back bears the brunt of this shock absorption and quite often suffers as a result.