The Importance of Spinal & Postural Screenings
How Screenings Help Prevent and Cure Ailments
Next to the common cold, back pain in adults is the leading reason most people end up in their doctor's office. While a medical doctor can help to determine the cause of most back pain, it's recommended that you see a chiropractor for treatment.
Once a Year
Maintaining back health is important so you can continue to do all the things you need to do and that you love to do. One of the best ways to ensure the health of your back is to get spinal and postural screenings annually.
It Doesn't Take Long
These diagnostic procedures aid in identifying and correcting issues you may have such as misalignments of the spine, pressure points, and other problems. A well-trained, experienced chiropractor can perform screenings in his office in less than half an hour.
During the spinal screening, a spinal alignment is performed. Commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment, some people refer to this procedure as getting their backs cracked due to the audible cracking sound that often accompanies an adjustment.
The sound is attributed to the release of nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide from between the joints. Clinically, it is called joint cavitation.
What is an Adjustment?
During an adjustment, a chiropractor manipulates the vertebrae and discs of the spine to help improve function, increase range of motion, and relieve nerve pain.
Misalignments can cause health issues including but not limited to the following:
- back pain
- neck pain
- imbalance and instability
- sinus problems
- poorly functioning organs
During a postural screening, the spine is observed while standing erect and then bending over. Chiropractors perform this procedure to diagnose and correct problems like a curvature of the spine, also known as scoliosis.
Scoliosis is commonly thought to only affect adolescents, however, studies show that scoliosis affects nearly 70% of people over 60 years old. In actuality, the occurrence of this disease increases as we age.
Typically, when the disease is found in adults it falls into one of two different categories:
- This type of scoliosis is found in adults who had the disease as children.
- This type of scoliosis refers to the degeneration of the discs and is found in adults aged 40 and over.
Scoliosis can occur as a result of trauma, another disease, or surgery, but it is not very common.
It is recommended that adults have spinal and postural screenings every year to assess spinal health, diagnose problems, and reduce the chances of long-term damage.
Discussing any health problems you have with your chiropractor is the first step to discovering what is actually causing the problems and if they are indeed associated with your spine.Make an appointment with your chiropractor today so you can continue to be productive, happy, and pain-free. It only takes a few minutes !Ensure a lifetime of back health. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family..
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