Are we taking good care of ourselves and our spines?
We are one of the hardest working people around the world, with some of the fewest holidays in the region and the longest average working hours in the world. Within those long hours in the office, there are many little things in our routine that can wear out our spines, such as slouching in our chairs and lifting those heavy reams of copy paper.
Much like our work, we cannot escape from these daily motions. We can take the active effort to keep upright in our chairs, to go the extra step to make sure we squat before lifting up heavy objects.
Mis-alignments of Spinal Bones
And sometimes, we just forget to do these things. While it may not seem like much, these little things can cause subtle shifts in the alignment of our spinal bones. These mis-alignments manifest as various symptoms, most commonly as backaches, which we like to dismiss as a minor inconvenience.
However, these aches are signs that something is wrong with our bodies and ignoring them can lead to serious health complications later in life. So what can we do about it? Prevention can only go so far. The damage is done, now and in the days to come.
Fret not, for not all is lost
If you have even the slightest concern about the future of your spinal health, find some time in your schedule to see a chiropractor. If the thought of having to see another medical professional causes you to groan, the following account may change your mind.
“The first time I stepped into the chiropractor’s office was to check up on my shoulders, at a relative’s recommendation. I carry heavy loads for my job and I didn’t want to get onto medication long-term.
After going through the x-rays with the chiropractor, I laid down on the bed, fully expecting the adjustment session to take thirty minutes. The chiropractor used a machine to “hammer” some of the bones in on my back, as well as some slow physical pressure.
Afterwards, they did some quick tilts on my neck. At each adjustment, there were very audible cracks from the bones moving but I can guarantee that there was no pain from it. I felt a slight stiffness in the adjusted area, at most.
I got up from the bed and checked my watch; no more than ten minutes passed. The whole session was faster than expected. Over the next couple of days, my shoulders felt lighter and it was easier to keep my back straight.”
Chiropractic Can Help You
Chiropractic treatments can be fast, painless sessions that help maintain your spinal health. Once a chiropractor understands your spine’s condition, they can customize the adjustment sessions to deliver the maximum results with the least inconvenience to your time. Working individuals can find it convenient to slot a session into their lunch breaks and with no down-time, they can return to work refreshed.
To find out more about your spinal health, book an appointment with our professional chiropractors to seek a professional consultation now.
Dr. Jenny Li is the appointed chairman of Medical Committee for NABBA WFF Singapore.