What is structure and why is it important?
One dictionary defines structure as the arrangement and relations between parts or elements of something complex. The human body could, most certainly, be described as a complex entity. This part of our body is known as the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system gives us our form and the ability to move. It changes and develops throughout our life. As a child grows into an adult, it matures and become stronger. Various activities encourage it to develop in order to handle the demand placed upon it. For example, a swimmer will develop long lean muscle, a bodybuilder will develop thicker, shorter muscle. The body becomes what we teach it to.
So, what happens when we put our bodies in an unnatural position for long periods of time, such as sitting at a computer, slouching forward? Our neck and shoulder muscles get tight and pull on the joints in an asymmetrical manner. One side tends to tighten while the other side tends to overstretch. This can lead to instability and, eventually, degeneration. Some common symptoms we might experience could include: headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. Over time, we may even experience a loss of height. Loss of height is not necessarily genetic. This situation is also not just cosmetic. UK researchers have found that men who lose approximately 1 inch one more of height as they age have a 64% increased likelihood to die from cardiovascular, respiratory, or other non-cancer related events.
What can we do to take care of our musculoskeletal system and increase the likelihood to age gracefully and healthfully? We understand the importance of maintenance when it comes to our cars and homes. We understand the importance of going to our dentist and primary care physician for our annual "check up." But, what about maintenance for the system that makes up over 65% of our body? Obviously, we all know exercise and a healthy diet are important. But, what options do we have when we injure our back, neck, knees, feet, etc.? Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their life. We can take medicine and/or hope the pain goes away. Unfortunately, this strategy does not address the cause of the discomfort. Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system and is often used to treat the underlying cause of muscle, joint, and nerve pain. At ChiroFunction we use a drug-free, gentle, hands-on-approach in order to provide a safe and effective treatment option to address your musculoskeletal health.