Our lives today are so sedentary, we just don’t move as much as we should. The advent of computers and technology, while amazing for productivity, has conditioned us not to use our bodies the way they were designed. Constant sitting and scrolling load our lower back in an awkward and misaligned way, contributing to a loss in the vital spinal curves of our neck and lower back. These abnormal positions shift the balance throughout the lower back and pelvis, putting wear and tear on our spines and weakening the muscles that keep us upright and strong. It’s no wonder low back pain is the #1 cause of disability in the U.S. Never has chiropractic care been so crucial for our overall wellness and quality of life.
When you load the spine unevenly – which most of us do through daily habits like sitting, crossing our legs, leaning to one side, and even driving – it weakens our bones and joints. This degeneration affects our nerves’ ability to function, sending pain signals and causing dysfunction throughout the body. In addition, unbalanced stress on the joints will wear down our spinal discs, which act like little cushions or shock absorbers between the vertebrae and protect each spinal nerve. As the disc gets thinner, it loses its protection potential putting more pressure on the nerves, which become inflamed. This inflammation creates pain signals, sometimes shooting pain through the butt and into the legs.