Most people are familiar with the concept of oral hygiene but you may not have heard of spinal hygiene and its importance. Interestingly enough, there are several similarities between the two medical practices.
What is spinal hygiene?
When you have problems with your teeth, you visit the best dentist that your community offers so why when we experience stiffness or a backache do we avoid visiting a chiropractor? Spinal hygiene simply refers to the practice of looking after your spine and treating structural problems, which could be caused by sitting at a desk for long periods of time or poor posture, before they become a larger problem. Failing to look after your spine can lead to other lifelong health conditions just as poor oral hygiene can cause infection and disease.
What are the similarities to oral hygiene?
There are several similarities between oral hygiene and spinal hygiene which help to further explain where the term originates from and why it is important.
Over time your spine can degrade, just like your teeth do. This is a problem which affects huge numbers of people; studies have shown that 40% of 20 year olds suffer from spinal degradation. Essentially, the natural process of the spine wearing down is accelerated due to poor posture, long periods of sitting down and spending too much time hunched over a mobile phone. Unfortunately, many people fail to take the time to address spinal degradation, unlike they would with tooth decay, which leads to more serious health problems in the future.
Maintaining healthy surrounding tissue
The health of your spine is not just reliant on the bone structure being correct, you also need to keep the tissue surrounding your spine healthy. Just like you need to maintain healthy gums through good oral hygiene to prevent decay and disease, you need to ensure that your spinal hygiene is up to scratch to keep stay in peak physical condition. Any pressure felt along your spinal column, caused by injury or poor posture, will damage the surrounding tissue. Having regular adjustments and performing spinal strengthening exercises can help to keep your tissue healthy and your spine strong.
You may need to introduce healthier habits to maintain the condition of your spine, just like how you maintain a strict oral hygiene routine. There are a number of stretching and relaxing exercises that individuals can complete at home to reduce strain and pressure on their spine. But, just as your health would deteriorate if you stopped brushing your teeth, you need to keep on top of your spinal hygiene routine to ensure that it remains effective.
Having your spinal hygiene checked is just like going to the dentist. It should be a regular part of your routine to keep your body healthy and prevent small problems from magnifying in the future. Give us a call today at 630-629-9500 to get your spine checked.