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How Does Bad Posture Lead To Spinal Degeneration?

How Does Bad Posture Lead To Spinal Degeneration?

Premature Aging:  Links to Posture

Healthy posture is important in preventing degenerative disc disease.  With progressive breaking down of the tissue between the vertebrae, pain and mobility can be affected.  Poor posture can have a lasting impact on a person’s health.

Degenerative Disc Disease

What exactly is degenerative disc disease?  The spinal column is comprised of vertebrae, discs and ligaments and tendons connecting everything together.  The discs between the vertebrae act as a cushion, promoting flexibility and range of motion.  These discs are primarily made of water, and as a body ages, the amount of water decreases.  The discs can slip, develop small cracks or bulge depending upon the type of pressure.  Any of these misalignments can cause pain.  Degenerative disc disease is most common in the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back).  

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Bulging, herniated or permeated discs can cause painful symptoms.  Living with pain can be debilitating.  The following may be a sign of discogenic pain:

  • sharp pain in a generalized area

  • aching pain

  • tingling in arms or legs

  • limited range of motion

Tips for Practicing Proper Posture

The good news is that just about anyone can take action and improve their general posture. For example, even moderate amounts of exercise work to increase the amount of chemical fluids in the body that act to assist and lubricate the spinal joints so that they can do their job without pain.

A few things that most people can do to bring about a more healthful posture include:

  • Practicing being aware of posture at least once per hour throughout the day

  • Doing regular, safe, gentle stretching exercises that include movement of the trunk and back area. Yoga classes are usually a smart choice as long as they are appropriate for your current state of health and approved by your chiropractor

  • Doing “shoulder-roll” exercises several times each day. They’re done by simply, and gently raising the shoulders up, “rolling” them to the back and down, and then rolling them back up in the front, completing an imaginary circle.

  • Receiving chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis

  • Standing for a minute or so with your back positioned flat against a solid, straight wall

Prevention is the Best Treatment of All

For so many diseases, infections, and other physical problems, prevention is the best course of action. Even when a preventive program doesn’t completely protect you from an onset of DDD, catching a problem early, and getting professional intervention, is a key component of overall success.

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