Exercise and Spinal Care: What you should know
With 2016 being my 20th year in practice, I‘ve heard many New Year’s resolutions during my career. The most common resolution usually goes something like this: “I want to get healthy!” What I’ve realized is that “healthy” for most people means that they want to get fit. Or at least look fit.
While most people know that working out is good for them, the number one excuse I hear is, “I don’t have the time.” A 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology stated that within the first week, 25 percent of people have already given up their resolution, followed by 36 percent within the first month, 54 percent within the first six months, and a whopping 92 percent have given up within the first year1. One would think that if people noticed increased health after starting their resolution, it would be enough motivation for them to stick with it. Many people start the process but don’t notice a difference in their overall health.
You may be thinking: “Shouldn’t I get healthier if I exercise?” Not always. Professional athletes can be some of the fittest, leanest people on earth, but unfortunately, the opposite is often true. For example, the NFL Players Union and Harvard released a study stating that the average life expectancy of professional football players is mid to late 50’s, as opposed to mid to late 70’s for the average person. I have personally seen many lean, fit, very sick people in my career.
So what are they missing? The other four essentials! For anyone who exercises, Maximized Nerve Supply is critical because exercise is physically stressful on the body. In fact, physical stress is the number one cause of spinal subluxation. Spinal subluxation can lead to interference with normal nerve supply from the brain to your body’s cells, organs, and tissues. Without proper nerve supply, your body can’t function properly. So when you start your New Year’s resolution, be extra careful with your spine during your exercise program.
If you are starting out new with any new exercise program, you may need to increase your spinal maintenance schedule to counteract the new stress to your spine. If you haven’t had your spine checked by a Maximized Living Doctor, make sure to do that first, before starting any exercise program.
If you participate in the following activities, be sure to see your chiropractor to see if you have these common subluxations:
- Running – Lumbar spine, mostly L5
- Weight Lifting
- Bench Press – Cervical Spine
- Standing Dumbbells – Cervical Spine
- Squats – Lumbar Spine
- Bike Riding – Lumbar Spine
- Swimming – Neck
- Tennis – Neck
- Golf – Neck and Lumbar
- Cross Fit – Neck and Lumbar spines
Since MaxT3 was developed by a chiropractic doctor, you can be assured that your spine was taken into consideration in its development. If you are currently on a spinal correction or maintenance program, be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendation with your spinal adjustments and exercises.
1. Norcross, J.C., Mrykalo, M.S., & Blagys, M.D. (2002). Auld lang syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(4), 397-405.
Growing up, Dr. Tony Nalda suffered with severe, debilitating migraines. As a result he was i n t r odu c ed to chiropractic care. He is the Essential #2 Instructor for Maximized Living Doctors. He is also a CLEAR Scoliosis Intensive Certified Doctor, providing specialized care for scoliosis patients from all over the world.