Spinal care is something I think we should all be aware of. After all, we rely on our spines to support our bodies and take it for granted. That is, unless you're living with a condition that affects your spine.
I have scoliosis. Although a mild curvature, it was not easily detected on typical x-rays during my routine physicals and was not diagnosed until a chiropractor expressed concern about how one hip was higher than the other. Oddly enough, none of my other physicians seemed to think it was all that serious. However, I learned, thanks to this observant chiropractor, that I have a slight leg length discrepancy, mild curvature of the spine and a pelvis that won't stay put (constantly out of alignment), all enough to contribute to chronic back and hip issues I've been dealing with for several years. My orthopedic surgeon, on the other hand, had been more focused on treating a ruptured disk than concerning himself with the problems my curvature may have been causing.
Scoliosis is not supposed to be particularly painful for most patients like me, at least not according to some information I've found. However, there is no "cure" for it. I do, however, wear a back brace when running distances longer than 6 miles, as that's about how far I can go before feeling fatigue in my back, or when I'm feeling tired before any run. Thankfully, my brace is nothing like the medieval cages as some orthopedic back braces might appear.
Spinal health should be, for most, a relatively easy issue to deal with. Core, or abdominal muscle, strength is important to develop and maintain. Exercises minimizing or avoiding stress on the neck and back are helpful. Supporting your lower back while seated, good posture and sleeping form are also important.
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