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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jeremy Will, D.C.

Celebrating World Spine Day: Your Spine Health Matters

Every year, on October 16th, people celebrate World Spine Day. This global event aims to raise awareness about spinal health and maintaining a healthy spine.

 

In honor of World Spine Day, let's examine why your spine's health matters and how chiropractic care can be crucial in keeping your spine in top condition.


 Why Your Spine Matters

Your spine is not just a structural component of your body; it's the central support system for your entire being. Here are four key reasons why your spine's health is vital:

 

1. Mobility and Function

Your spine allows you to move, bend, and perform everyday activities. A healthy spine is essential for maintaining mobility and function.

 

2. Nervous System Support

Your spine houses the spinal cord, a critical part of your central nervous system. Any stress or damage to the spine can affect your nerve function, leading to other health issues.

 

3. Posture and Balance

A healthy spine supports good posture, balance, and function, thereby improving performance and reducing the risk of injuries. Check out this infographic for tips on good posture!

 

4. Pain Prevention

Keeping your spine healthy can help prevent back pain, neck pain, and headaches that frequently stem from spinal issues.

             

On World Spine Day and every day, remember that your spinal health is crucial for your overall well-being. Chiropractic care offers a holistic and natural approach to keeping your spine in top condition. So, commit to prioritizing your spinal health, and don't hesitate to contact our clinic to learn more about how you can maintain a healthy and pain-free spine.


 

The Cost of Spine Health


Up to 20% of the US population report moderate to severe back pain episodes at least once every year and can cost up to $91 billion in health care spending, which doesn’t include lost time from work and loss in productivity. Often times, the options for treating back pain are still not the most effective. Early use of diagnostic imaging (x-rays and MRI) and prescription pain medication continue to result in early referral to surgical specialists and prolonged recovery times.


When conservative measures such as spinal manipulation, exercise, and proper education – like the treatment we provide in our office – are utilized first, the cost savings to the patient are considerable. Back pain sufferers that utilize chiropractic care will spend a significant amount less on health care costs as well as result in fewer surgeries than those that go to a hospital first. So it is important to choose wisely when deciding where to go when your back hurts!

 

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