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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Curves Matter: Spinal Wellness and Lifespan

Are Your Curves Healthy?
Or Are They Taking Away Your Life?

Bad posture is just a sign of getter older? Not with recently published studies. In 2004 an American Journal of Geriatrics article showed death happened sooner when the curve in the middle back ("hump back" was greater than normal.

In a November 2005 article in Spine stated a loss of normal curvature in the neck destroys nerve fibers and compromises blood flow. How can the heart and brain live under this kind of stress? Immediate and noticeable symptoms do not always occur. And, if they do most people choose to medicate with Non-steriodal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s).

A Danish study demonstrates people who use NSAID's can quadruple their chances of dying. The study observed 58,432 men and women who suffered heart attacks between 1995 and 2002. [For detailed information please call me at (315) 277-1362. ] Celebrex and Vioxx (no longer on the market) had the worst risks. Cataflam, Voltaren, Advil, and Motrin were also implicated in premature deaths.

Know Your Measurements

So, what should be the response to these studies? They are very scary statistics and often not talked about. Information like this allows you to be prepared. A chiropractor can measure the angles of spinal curves on an x-ray. Chiropractic techniques can gently reduce these angles. The key is to be proactive and know your measurements before age 50. As age increases there is a higher chance of permanent deformation to the spine. Senior citizens still benefit from chiropractic care because it helps maintain mobility, improve balance, and increase energy.

Regardless of your age, your future health depends on what you do now. Get educated, share this information with your family, and utilize chiropractic care because it is gentle, drug free and appropriate for all ages.

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