TCA Members Participate in State and National Public Awareness Campaign
The Tennessee Chiropractic Association is joining chiropractors statewide and across the nation during Tennessee and National Chiropractic Health Month (CHM) this October. During the month-long observance declared by TN Governor Bill Lee, doctors of chiropractic will share information on ways that chiropractic care can improve health and bring “Strength. Stability. Success.”
Chiropractic Health Month raises awareness of the wide-reaching benefits that can be achieved from chiropractic’s natural, whole-person and drug-free approach to health and wellness care. This year’s theme focuses on how musculoskeletal (MSK) health leads to strength, stability and ultimately the success of a life lived more fully and actively. The MSK system is comprised of the spine as well as all the muscles, bones and joints of the body.
“When the MSK system functions well, we feel stronger and healthier,” says TCA President Dr. R.J. Crawford. “However, when there’s a problem we might experience pain and even disability. Chiropractors provide care that helps people improve musculoskeletal health and relieve conditions such as low back pain naturally.”
More than one in two adults report experiencing an MSK condition such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritis or osteoporosis. They are the most commonly reported medical conditions among those under age 65 and the second most common condition for people age 65 and older. Low back pain alone is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Here are 8 easy ways to improve the health of your body’s movement system:
- Move more. Bones, muscles and joints need movement to stay healthy. The U.S. surgeon general recommends adults get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate physical activity (such as walking, yardwork, recreational swimming) or at least 75 minutes of intense weekly activity (jogging, hiking uphill, basketball).
- Eat a balanced diet. Proper nutrition is just as important to musculoskeletal health as it is to overall health. Eat a balanced diet that includes whole fresh foods and try to avoid processed foods. Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D for your bones and lean protein to build and maintain strong muscles.
- Go outside. The sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, which in turn helps us to absorb calcium and strengthen bones.
- Do weight-bearing exercises. Walking, jogging and resistance exercises such as weightlifting can improve bone density. Planks and squats can also strengthen core muscles. (Non-weight-bearing exercises such as swimming and biking can benefit the MSK system as well, especially for people unable to walk or jog while recovering from back, hip or knee pain.)
- Stay hydrated. Drinking water makes muscles stronger by carrying oxygen to the cells of the body. It also helps lubricate and cushion joints.
- Quit smoking. Smoking contributes not only to cardiovascular disease but also osteoporosis and bone fracture as we age.
- Get adequate rest. A good night’s sleep enables your body to repair muscles and joints that are strained or injured during the day.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol excessively can lead to osteoporosis and bone fracture.
With a focus on disorders of the MSK system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health and function, chiropractic care is commonly used to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. In addition, chiropractors are experts in performing spinal manipulation and their training encompasses therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, ergonomic advice as well as nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
“Improving your posture as well the ergonomics of your work and home environments are also a few things that can make a big difference in your daily living and overall wellness,” says Dr. Crawford. “These are simple steps to improve the strength of your musculoskeletal system and set yourself up for future stability and success.”