Spinal hygiene as important as dental hygiene

Spinal Health Week is a special time. It is a time to uncover the truth about your spinal health and the impact spinal health is having on your life.

Provolution Health do spinal screenings, postural assessments and take x-rays to clearly identify any spinal changes that may be taking place. Photo: Supplied.

Provolution Health do spinal screenings, postural assessments and take x-rays to clearly identify any spinal changes that may be taking place. Photo: Supplied.

Spinal hygiene fact 1:

Spinal hygiene is as important as dental hygiene, though it's often neglected.

If you could see your spine the way you see your teeth, you would make a different decision about your spinal health.

It is easy to see when you have a dental problem. You have chips in your teeth, there's discolouration, your teeth aren't straight or maybe there is tooth decay-and you definitely know when you have an infection, the pain is unbearable. That's why everyone values dental hygiene to avoid unsightly and decaying teeth.

The problem with your spine is you cannot see what your spine looks like and make a decision about whether you need help with your spinal hygiene.

The truth is, if you could look at your spine and see the state it is in, you would likely act to address the spinal health issues that are there.

Spinal hygiene fact 2:

Poor posture is a cause of many health conditions, and it can be corrected.

Conditions like scoliosis (sideways bending of the spine), rounding of the shoulders or where you have your head forward of your shoulders is not only a sign of poor posture, it can damage the spine and negatively influence how your brain and nervous system functions.

In truth, poor posture leads to postural weakness and can lead to early degenerative change. It is also linked to people's emotional and mental wellbeing.

Spinal hygiene fact 3:

Tech affecting the neck. In fact, it is almost epidemic.

People are spending too long on their computer and phones. What we are concerned about is that we are seeing early arthritic and degenerative change in people as young as 17 years of age because of incorrect ergonomics and poor posture.

We consider many of the changes taking in place in people's spines as accelerated or early degeneration, made quicker possibly due to the current use of technology and poor workplace or study set-up.

Spinal hygiene fact 4:

There is something you can do to make a positive change.

A spinal assessment or an x-ray can reveal the truth about the condition and state of your spine.

If you knew your spine was degenerating at an accelerated rate, that the neck tension, shoulder tension or back tension you're experiencing, or even the headaches that you are feeling, are part of this early degenerative change, wouldn't you want to know so you could do something about it?

If you would like to know what is happening with your spine and whether you have unwanted spinal change, we would love to help you.

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