The role of the spine in optimum wellness

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woman meditatingBack in 2007, Mr Green and I were involved in a car accident.

Fortunately the person who drove into the side of us claimed full responsibility.

Unfortunately, I ended up with pretty severe whiplash, resulting in months of treatment to put things right.

When I spend too long at my computer, old aches and pains can come back along with dizziness, but I take it as a friendly reminder to take better care of me.

Those aches and pains usually return when my life / work balance needs my attention; so rather than get angry, I listen.

Here’s some of the things we do at Chez Green to take good care of our backs and spines:

Yoga / Tai Chi

I aim to do either yoga or tai chi daily. Even just for ten minutes at the beginning and end of my working day.

It helps to keep me de-stressed and makes me pay attention to my body.

Chiropractic

Over on the Central Chiropractic site they have a fantastic 11 minute video that explains why looking after your back is so important.

During the video they explain that our central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord, continually monitoring and co-ordinating every single function in your body.

The brain is like the main computer and the nervous system like a communication network relaying messages back and forth from the brain to different parts of the body via the spinal cord.

It makes sense then that keeping your spine healthy gives you a much better chance of overall health and wellness.

Poor spinal health can impact the organs, so if the nerve supply to anywhere in the body is disturbed, it can eventually lead to a symptom.

So if, for example, if you have nerve interference in the top of the spine, it can lead to headaches, migraines, sinus problems, hayfever, trouble sleeping, eczema, chronic cough, croup, pins and needles in the hands and lowered immune system.

And that’s just the cervical area of the spine!

After the car accident, I had several months of chiropractic treatment which really helped get me back on track.

A comfortable, supportive mattress

I can’t tell you how miserable I can get when I go on holiday and the mattress is not right!

When you consider you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, the proper mattress really not an area to be skimped on.

Companies like My Next Mattress, sell a huge range including memory foam (recommended by many back specialists), natural fillings such as cotton and wool or even Latex which are reported to remain among the very finest on the market.

Diet

You are what you eat, right? Bones, nerves and muscles need certain proteins, vitamins and minerals to stay in optimum health.

We aim for a predominantly organic, wholefood diet where possible and make sure we drink plenty of water.

What about you – were you aware that taking care of the spine was so vital for overall health?

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