|This Halloween Take Care Of Your Skeleton
Happy Halloween! This year, while ghosts and goblins lurk outside, look within — to our own skeleton. Bone health is an essential, yet often ignored component of a winning wellness plan. Taking care of your bones can scare off a host of frightening conditions such as osteoporosis, back pain, fractures and arthritis.
Posture is the key to a sound skeleton. Poor posture spurs structural imbalances, inciting bone disease. When the spine is out alignment, a straightening or reversal of the back’s natural curves occurs. This leads to conditions such as “military neck,” “hunch back,” and “sway back.”
Structural imbalances like these alter the natural motions of the spine, leading to degeneration and osteoarthritis. Imbalanced spines are also predisposed to injury from repetitive work or sports activities. In fact, many “injury-prone” individuals aren’t merely unlucky — they have postural discrepancies.
Poor posture doesn’t just affect the spine, it influences the entire skeleton. For instance, imbalances in the spine often cause one hip to rise slightly, raising up the adjoining leg. During walking or running, the legs receive a disproportionate amount of force — triggering injury.
This Halloween, don’t get spooked by thoughts of future bone disease. Turn to your doctor of chiropractic for sound advice on how to prevent skeletal disorders. Dr. Barbara Smith