In today’s world, it goes without saying that overall health and fitness are vitally important. Eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, going easy on the alcohol and keeping a positive attitude will all go far towards staying healthy, no doubt, but when it comes to staying fit it takes a bit more than that.
Imagine that you wanted to go for a Sunday drive in your car but, since your car’s battery was dead, its tires were flat and the engine had problems, you weren’t able to go. The same thing happens when you want to get in some exercise to stay fit but your body isn’t working correctly, especially your spine.
As the bony protection for your spinal cord and spinal nerves, the spine plays a vital role in keeping your body functioning at its optimal potential. When your spine is aligned and free of subluxations (small misalignments of the bone) all of your body’s parts can work great.
That includes your legs and feet for running, your arms, hands and shoulders for pumping iron, and your lungs for taking in all the extra oxygen you’ll need when your heart starts to pump hard and fast. If you play golf to stay fit your low back vertebrae better be in good shape, and the same goes for your neck and elbows if you play tennis.
All of these body parts and, in fact, every part of your entire body is controlled and regulated by the brain through the spinal nerves and, if your spine is a mess, you can bet that some parts aren’t going to work correctly, if at all. And so, like that car ride, if your spine is a mess you won’t be able to stay in shape, or at least do it the way you prefer.
Using the car analogy again, let’s say that everything about your car is in great condition except the tires, which are flat as pancakes. You’re not going anywhere until a tire pro replaces them. If your spine is subluxated (misaligned) you’re not going to be able to get the best workout or might have to skip it altogether, and that’s why you should go see a chiropractor.
Chiropractors are like a really good car mechanic except that they work on the spine, detecting which vertebrae are out of alignment and putting them back in place with safe, gentle chiropractic adjustments. Whether it’s your neck and the 7 cervical vertebrae there, your mid-back and its 12 thoracic vertebrae, or the low back with the last 5, your chiropractor will keep every bone aligned correctly so that your spinal cord and nerves can function correctly.
And when your spine is looking fine and your nerves are working with verve you can bet that it will be much easier to get in shape, stay in shape and be as fit as you can be.
If staying in great shape and making your health a priority in 2020 is one of your goals, you should consider making Integrated Health Solutions a part of your fitness regimen. Regular, ongoing adjustments to your spine not only feel good at the moment but keep your spine, and the nerves inside, working like a well-oiled machine.
The simple fact is, like a car’s engine making sure your car can go wherever you point it, your spine will let your body do everything it wants as long as it’s in great condition. Swimming, running and biking. Yoga, Pilates and spinning. You name the sport and, if your spine is in good shape, you’ll be able to hit it hard and get your body into the best shape of your life.
Integrated Health Solutions offers practically every health service your body truly needs, including pre and post-natal care, massage therapy, trigger point therapy, thermography and, of course, chiropractic. (Plus quite a bit more.) Dr. McParland and her wonderful staff are ready, willing and very able to help you with all of your health and fitness needs, concerns and questions.
So what’s the key to being healthy and fit in 2020? Eat right, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and make Integrated Health Solutions part of your weekly routine. They’ll keep your spine going strong so that your body can do everything you ask it to do, and more.