A healthy spine gives you the freedom to stand tall in your health. That’s because spinal health is tightly connected to overall health. Telltale signs of poor spinal health include:

  • Joint pain.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Fatigue.
  • Lower energy.
  • Muscle spasms throughout the neck and back.
  • Numbness and tingling in your extremities.
  • Sore or stiff back.
  • Stiff shoulders.
  • Poor sleep.
  • Chronic pain in the lower back.

At Freedom Chiropractic in Conroe, Texas, we specialize in spinal treatments to help you fix back pain, poor posture, reduced range of motion, and a variety of other issues. What does getting a healthy spine mean for you? Take a look at the ways improving your spine quality can lead to better quality of life.

Robust Mobility While Aging

“Back muscle strength and spinal mobility are predictors of quality of life in middle-aged and elderly males,” according to a 2011 study. The results of the study suggest that quality of life is improved by factors related to sagittal balance, lumbar lordosis angle, spinal range of motion, and back muscle strength. What that means for the average person is that being able to move freely as you age leads to a happier, more fulfilling life!

Better Nerve Flow

The spine is a hotbed of complex nerves. It serves as a highway linking the brain with the rest of the body. When the spine is healthy, nerves are able to communicate properly. When spinal tissue is unhealthy, blockages and restrictions can cut off healthy blood flow that carries oxygen throughout the central nervous system. Protecting your central nervous system means protecting the following core functions tied to your health and well-being:

  • Breathing.
  • Thinking.
  • Remembering.
  • Emotional regulation.
  • Perception/mental processing.
  • Brain growth and development.
  • Sleeping.
  • Healing.
  • Hunger cues.
  • Stress response.
  • Movement, balance, and coordination.

While we may not automatically think of our “backs” when considering these functions, they are all closely tied with spinal health. One of the pitfalls of pain-only treatments that rely on medications or surgery to treat spinal issues is that the overall health of the central nervous system isn’t considered. As a result, everything from brain fog to compromised stress response can be overlooked.

Stronger Immune System

Yes, your spinal issues might be wrecking your immune system. This is especially common among people with spinal compressions. When suffering from compression or subluxations, the spine is in a constant state of distress. Blood and oxygen flow are compromised. That means that cellular healing and regeneration are also compromised.

As the body continues to put out the distress signal, the immune system prioritizes the suffering spine. This throws the body into a constant state of inflammation that can lead to long-term pain and illness. What’s more, the immune system is being taxed by a problem that can only be solved by addressing the source of compression using an adjustment. Emerging research shows that spinal manipulative therapy may have a positive effect on the immune and endocrine systems.

Pain Relief

It’s impossible to skip over the incredible benefit good spinal health can provide when it comes to avoiding pain. An unhealthy spine is a hurting spine. Spinal compression and blockages often manifest as low-back pain. In fact, spinal degeneration and injury are the top causes of low-back pain.

“Research shows that spinal manipulation can help relieve pain and improve function in people with acute low-back pain,” according to information published by Duke Health. Many people suffering from low-back pain have either acute or chronic injuries stemming from falls, accidents, poor workplace ergonomics, or poor posture. It’s important to begin with an exam that assesses the source of back pain. During this examination, a chiropractor can view spinal alignment, muscle function, nerve function, range of motion, and other core indicators. If necessary, imaging can be used to create the most accurate assessment possible.

Pain Prevention

It’s not necessary to wait to take spinal health seriously until you’re already in pain. Any person of any age can start a plan for pain prevention by focusing on spinal health today. Stretching, maintaining proper posture, and scheduling regular chiropractic adjustments can all help to keep your spine healthy. People who play sports, follow rigorous exercise plans, or work physically demanding jobs have extra reasons to be proactive about spinal health instead of waiting for pain to find them.

Improved Range of Motion

Your spine supports the head, shoulders, and frame of the body. While we don’t usually think much about our movements, the reality is that our spine is at the center of essentially every movement we make. A stiff, poorly postured spine can make it hard to make quick, smooth movements. That means that everything from turning your neck to check for traffic while driving to working out at the gym can become difficult and dangerous.

One of the benefits of using chiropractic care to support spinal health is that you’ll learn how to utilize your spine intuitively. In addition to providing adjustments, chiropractors can also show patients how to alter their movements to “work” the muscles surrounding the spine properly. These “smarter” movements don’t just make your spine more efficient. Smart movements protect your body from injury by allowing you to move without excessive strain.

See a Spinal Health Expert in Conroe, Texas

Freedom Chiropractic in Conroe specializes in structural correction of the spine. Our chiropractic team is trained to treat back and spinal issues tied to accidents, injuries, lifestyle, and genetics. Using gentle and effective techniques, we can help you enjoy the “quality-of-life boost” that comes from improving spine quality. Book an appointment with a spinal specialist in Conroe, Texas today by contacting Freedom Chiropractic.