Why Spinal Health Is Important & How To Improve It

Updated: Oct 19, 2019


If anyone knows how to take care of your back it is Dr. Brittany Holliday.

Dr. Holliday is one of two practicing chiropractors at the Mind and Body Wellness Studio in Pinecrest, FL. She has been a chiropractor for 5 years helping patients get relief from pain by treating their spinal misalignments and improving their quality of life.


As a chiropractor, Dr. Holliday’s main goal is to ensure that the spines of her patients are aligned in order for their nervous system to function properly. When the spine is aligned the body is able to heal itself naturally without any medications. When the vertebrae in the spine is not aligned it is referred to as a subluxation. A subluxation causes the vertebrae to put pressure on the nerves. If it is not treated right away the constant pressure on the nerves over a long period of time can cause the nerve function to decrease leading to discomfort, pain and even decreased mobility. A chiropractor treats subluxations through chiropractic adjustments where they use their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to move the vertebrae back in place.


Who can benefit from chiropractic adjustments?

What many people may not know is that individuals of all ages from infants to the elderly can get adjusted. Some people may be afraid of getting adjusted because they don’t know what chiropractic is and its benefits. They think that chiropractors will “crack” their back or neck and it will hurt so they wait until they can’t take the pain anymore before seeking treatment. Adjustments are gentle, safe and do not hurt at all. They will actually make you feel better and provide relief from back and neck pain, improve your posture and reduce tension.


What causes the spine to misalign?

There are three types of categories that cause the spine to misalign-physical stressors, mental stressors and chemical stressors. Below are examples of each stressor.


Physical Stressors

The birthing process, car accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries and poor posture.


Mental Stressors

Anxiety, general stress and depression.


Chemical Stressors

Medications, processed foods and skin products with artificial dyes and colorings.

If you have undergone any of the experiences listed above, then there is a good chance that you may already have some form of a spinal misalignment.  In order to have optimal health it is important to take care of your spine and you can do that by following Dr. Holliday’s dos and don’ts for optimal spinal health.


Dr. Holliday’s Dos and Don’ts for Optimal Spinal Health:


Do

1. Get your spine checked and adjusted if needed.

2. Maintain good posture. If you don’t know how to do it then ask a professional.

3. Create good exercise and eating habits.

4. Always exercise your brain through mental exercises and affirmations.

5. Be proactive when it comes to your health.


Don’t

1. Don’t wait until you are in severe pain and dysfunction before you seek chiropractic help.

2. Don’t be reactive to your health.

Dr. Holliday recommends that when it comes to your health you should be proactive. Don’t wait until you are in pain to seek treatment. Your health is your biggest asset and should be taken care of on a daily basis through exercise, clearing your mind and eating healthy.



If you want to learn more about chiropractic care you can visit the following sites for more information:

International Chiropractors Association (ICA): http://www.chiropractic.org/

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association: http://icpa4kids.com

McCoy Press: http://mccoypress.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx


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