Your spine is really at the center of everything when it comes to being a human. Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to dedicate this blog to hashing out some of the main functions of our spine, because we figure knowledge is power, and it's never too early or too late to start paying attention to what's going on with our bodies.
The spine, first, provides strength and support for the body -- the lumbar, for instance, has the task of carrying most of our body weight, allowing for movements of flexion (but not rotation). It's the muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc that allow the body to move, bend, stretch, rotate, and lean.
Your spinal column gives your delicate nerves the protection they need -- without which we could not function. There are certain nerve impulses that control major organ functionality, so your design and placement of your vertebrae acts as protection for this intricate network.
Your spine is part and parcel of your skeleton, which allows for a base for your ribs to attach -- surrounding and protecting your major organs. There are 12 ribs and 12 thoracic vertebrae and all human ribs attach to the spine while only the upper 7 pairs attach to the sternum.
Your spine absorbs impact through its intervertebral discs (situated between your vertebrae) which keep the vertebrae from colliding into each other. Think of it as your body's shock absorption system.
As you can see, your spine is a crucial part of your body and your nervous system. If you're having back or spine problems, it's a good idea to do something about it. Call Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc today to schedule your consultation.
If you've been paying attention to fad diets, then you've likely heard of fasting, or "intermittent fasting," which many health experts seem to split stances on the issue. Some believe it's just a fad while others believe that there are major health and wellness benefits to be experienced from intermittent fasting.
Let's first define intermittent fasting. There are a few different ways to pull it off, including the 5:2 Fast Diet, which entails fasting for 2 days and eating normally for the rest of the week. One could also take the 1:1 approach by alternating between unrestricted eating and fasting days.
The more manageable, reasonable approach would be the 8:16 method, which essentially entails skipping either breakfast or dinner (which, let's be honest, many of us do anyway). In the end, this approach has you eating for 8 hours every day and fasting for 16.
Medical professionals and health gurus alike applaud intermittent fasting for its health benefits. Dr. Michael Mosley asserts in his books that this diet can help patients not only lose weight, but improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and also reduce risk for diabetes. Dr. Valter Longo conducted a study that suggested this type of diet acted as a "reboot" for the immune system as well, which cleared out aged and damaged immune cells with regenerated cells.
A detoxification process is also believed to occur, as toxins stored in the body's fat get dissolved and flushed from the body. After building an intermittent fasting practice, patients also experience higher levels of endorphins or "feel-good" hormones, which can have an impact on overall well-being.
If you'd like to learn more about the benefits and risks that come along with any type of diet, contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc today. We offer a variety of wellness services that will keep you active and help you enjoy a higher quality of life.
Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to celebrate Father's Day by going over a few ways that chiropractic care might be a unique and applicable gift idea. After all, many Dads out there work hard at what they do just like Moms do, hence the one day a year we celebrate their efforts.
One reason you might consider springing for one of our state of the art chiropractic techniques is because Dads are usually the last person to complain about an injury. That's why it might be up to you to get Dad the advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments he needs to optimize his body and mind.
Many people have their own ideas about the effectiveness of treatment, but chiropractic care is more prevalent today than ever because it gets results without resorting to prescription drugs or risky surgery. Treatment is more effective and safer because of modern advancements in chiropractic techniques. Dad might shy away from mumbo jumbo, but he won't be able to ignore the results he gets from chiropractic treatment.
Maybe Dad believes in playing despite injury, or maybe he hasn't experienced an injury that takes him out of the game. Either way, professional chiropractic care can both help prevent Dad from getting injuried in addition to treating back and spine pain.
Chiropractic care is often only used to treat pain or inury, but it's actually a crucial compoenent of achieving optimal health. Your spine is at the core of everything, which is why you have to take special measures to ensure spine and back health.
Contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Care Inc today to learn more about our innovative treatments that help our patients optimize their body and spirit. Book your consultation with us today.
There's a sad truth to the fact that most people wait until an injury to undergo chiropractic treatment.
The reasons it's sad is because chiropractic treatments offer a host of benefits, including preventative medicine -- chiropractic care can help you reduce your chances of sustaining an injury, for instance.
Below we'll discuss a few additional reasons why chiropractic care is a good idea year round.
Day by day, whether you sit at a desk or walk around all day, your job is doing subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) damage to your body. If you have a desk job staring at a computer screen, it's likely that your neck and back are experiencing undue stress from the routine and sitting in awkward positions for long periods of time. Chiropractic treatments can help align your spine and reduce neck and back pain.
Subluxations (misalignments in the spine) can disrupt brain communication with the rest of the body. A simple adjustment can help brain functionality.
Don't simply wait until an unexpected injury to see your friendly neighborhood chiropractor. Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc can help keep you active and optimized year round with expert chiropractic care. Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wall.
Summertime is a great season for being active. You can go out early in the morning and get a good run in before the heat of the day hits. You can hit up the mountains for a nice hike, or the lake for some fun in the sun. However, some activities are better than others when it comes to wear and tear on your body.
Below are a few activities that are especially spine-friendly. Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. is all about providing preventive medicine in addition to comprehensive Chiropractic Care and holistic wellness treatments.
Rock climbing, as long as it's done safely, can be tremendously beneficial for your back. For one, you're incorporating muscles in your back that you likely don't use much on a daily basis, which will help fortify your body against injuries that can occur. Rock climbing is also low impact.
Paddleboarding is an activity gaining in popularity. First off, it's incredibly fun. It's also incredibly scenic, paddling out in the middle of a pristine lake. Paddleboarding also engages your core, which is incredibly important for back and spine health.
The benefits that a rigorous yoga routine can give to your back are endless. Tai Chi is also a form of exercise that has gained in popularity as a way to relieve and manage lower back pain, spine misalignment, and neck pain. Both of these activities help drive mind/body balance.
And, of course, the best way to make sure that your spine stays in line this Summer is to incorporate Chiropractic Care into your activities. It's a fantastic way to stay on top of your body's maintenance and relieve pain the drug-free way.