Exercise is an element found in almost every back and neck pain
treatment plan. Proper exercise can improve flexibility, increase
strength, reduce existing pain and prevent future occurrences. It can
be used successfully alone in certain cases or in conjunction with
other treatments. However, exercise isn’t easy and it’s important for
back pain patients to do the right kind of exercises given their
specific back conditions.
Why do we need water and how much do we need? In modern society we often think that tea, espresso, alcohol, pop, and other types of manufactured drinks are attractive substitutes for the daily pure natural water requirements of the body. This may be a harmful mistake. Water is the solvent in our bodies, and as a result, water is used in all activities performed by our bodies. Think for a minute of just a couple of the features that water regulates:
The activity of body
The transfer of nutritional elements in to our cells
The action of waste removal out of our cells
The flow of lymph fluid
The activity of nerve impulses through our nerves
The activity of hormones through the duration of our anatomies
The working of our minds
We are able to perform quite well and for extended periods of time without adequate water. Your body quickly adjusts and begins removing more water from your own feces for instance. Less water is flushed by the kidneys to limit water loss. There are several health authorities who declare that your system does very well on 2 glasses of any type of fluid each day; plus the water present in the meals you eat. But adaptation is confused by these authorities with health. Adaptation fundamentally leads to compromise, which leads to reduced health over time.
Eventually it might be proven that drinking over 2 glasses of water a day has no health advantages, but that day hasn’t arrived yet. Your kidneys expel 1-2 liters of water each day. When you breath the water vapor you expel needs to be replaced. (On a hot day, you are able to sweat out up to 8.5 quarts of water.) Consequently, until it’s actually confirmed you should drink between 8-16 glasses (8oz per glass) of pure water a day. Fruit and vegetable juices may be taken for a small amount and also limited amounts of non-diuretic herbal teas (without sugar). Some foods, such as vegetables have a lot of water but in general you should use mostly pure water.
The day will come when drinking 8 cups of water a day fails when we forsake what we’ve known for years and what commonsense tells us. A day may come when science shows that water, soda, and coffee are one and exactly the same. It is not today. So until then please drink a minimum of 8 glasses of pure water a day.
What is inflammation? according to the American heritage dictionary the scientific definition is “The reaction of a part of the body to injury or infection, characterized by swelling, heat, redness, and pain. The process includes increased blood flow with an influx of white blood cells and other chemical substances that facilitate healing”.This means that inflammation is part of the healing process and it is actually tied to removing noxious chemicals that are created when cells are injured. So the real questions are is inflammation good or bad and why is it important..
lets answer tha last question first. inflammation is “a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, pain, swelling, and often loss of function and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue” according to Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary. So as we can see from both of these definitions inflammation is a critical component to healing. Without the inflammatory process the body would not heal. This is a critical component in the understanding of many of the conditions treated by chiropractic.
Lets answer the rest of the questions. Is inflammation bad? inflammation has certainly gotten a bad reputation and tis is manly due to the fact that inflammation has been linked to practically every disease process. It is also linked to chronic pain syndromes. Inflammation occurs in the body due to chemical imbalances, over consumption of sugar, inadequate intake of omega 3 fatty acids, nutritional deficiencies, and other such problems. So it is not inflammation that is bad but the things we do in our daily lives that cause inflammation to cascade out of control.
Should all inflammation be indiscriminately stamped out? It is obvious that we need inflammation the problem is that most conventional treatment for inflammation such as ibuprofen and steroids attach inflammation throughout the entire body. The primary way we address inflammation is by helping you to modify your diet and also by prescribing specific nutritional supplements that help “put the fire out” and get things calmed down. Ice is also a great way to control inflammation locally, like in a shoulder, foot or back. Be warned heat may feel great but it increases inflammation Ice is often the safer choice. You’re going to love the way you feel afterward! So contact your chiropractor and find out how to control your chronic inflammation.
Is health the absents of illness? To may of us we may answer yes but this is far from the truth. Health is the ability to Play with our children and grandchildren. It is the ability to smile and laugh with our friends and to climb that mountain or staircase when we want to for our enjoyment and pleasure. In many ways real health is tied to our happiness.
This may be an answer that is different from what we often hear but I state this emphatically for several reasons. If you are not living life to its fullest for yourself and others in happiness and grace then you are not living a full healthy life. The second reason is that our bodies are never devoid of disease, at all times of the day our bodies are removing cancer cells, fighting off foreign bodies (toxins, bacteria and viruses), and repairing damaged systems such as tendinitis, gastrointestinal problems, fibromyalgia and the list goes on.
So these two realisations bring use back to the question, what is true health? It is the body’s ability to adapt to the changing internal and external environment. It is not the lack of disease! Disease is always present. If this disease is kept in check by the body then we can play with the kids, climb that mountain, and laugh with our friends and family.
So if this is true health and you are not doing this today then why not. No one can heal you it is up to you to decide to heal yourself. As a chiropractor my goal is to help create the environment for this healing to occur but all healing is from within and giving to use by the power that created use. The power that allowed use to grow from a single cell to the great and wonderful human being you are today.
That means that your health is in your hands and the power to regain it is yours. It is my job and the job of all health care professionals to advise you of how to reach this goal but only you can define your true happiness and therefore your measure of health.
So go out today and start taking steps to be happy and healthy today.