Discs are the cushioning in your spine that act as shock absorbers and prevent vertebrae from rubbing together. Discs consist of cartilage. The outer layer is tough cartilage, while the interior of discs is softer. Your vertebral discs wear out over time. Injuries can cause a disc to bulge or become herniated. The cartilage can become stiff and dehydrated, giving you less cushion and shrinking the space between your vertebrae. If the space between vertebrae narrows, you might experience pain, stiffness or poor range of motion in the area.
Mobility is a vital part of a healthy body. To maintain your mobility, you need a certain level of flexibility – which means you may need to do some stretches from time to time if you want to stay limber and mobile. An added benefit of certain stretches is that they can alleviate some of the pain and discomfort you may feel due to joint or spinal issues, including back and neck pain.
Recent studies have shown that sitting all day is terrible for your health. But you may have a job that requires you to be at a desk for most if not all of the day. Fortunately, there is an answer to this problem – the standing desk. You can stand and work instead of sitting. While it may sound like a lot of effort at first, you will find that standing desks offer numerous benefits that are well worth it.
If you have never heard of a low carb diet, you are highly unusual. Diets that lower the amount of carbohydrates that you eat are common and plenty of people have had success on them. Part of your chiropractor’s job is to help you achieve a healthy weight so that you can avoid unnecessary degradation to your spine and other joints – and there is a good chance your chiropractor can advise you on how to try out low carbohydrate living for your health.