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Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease.
All chiropractors agree that it is impossible to reverse the effects of degenerative disc disease. Although the degeneration of the intervertebral discs is a natural process, steps can be taken to prevent the development of degenerative disc disorder. The symptoms of the disease are uncomfortable and painful while the steps taken to prevent the disorder are simple and involve leading a balanced and well regulated lifestyle.
If you smoke and take excessive levels of alcohol, it is time for you to make some changes to prevent degenerative disc disorder. Toxic substances in tobacco and alcohol have adverse effects on the spine. In order to prevent degenerative disc disease you must give up smoking. This is because nicotine reduces bone health and is therefore harmful to the vertebrae of the spinal column. Alcohol on the other hand slows down the metabolism of the body and accelerates bone destruction. It would therefore be advisable to give this up as well.
There are many benefits to losing weight. One of them is the prevention of degenerative disc disease. The loss of weight will reduce the amount of pressure placed on the spine. This in turn reduces the pressure on the discs and therefore slows done the degenerative process.
Your physical posture plays a big role in
preventing degenerative disc disorder.
Good posture must be maintained to prevent early onset of the disease. It is important to maintain good posture while lifting heavy objects, standing, sitting and walking. This reduces the stress felt by the discs in your spine. Learn to always bend your knees and keep your back straight and upright while lifting anything heavy. Remember that a lot of pressure is placed on the back while sitting and standing. It is therefore advisable not to sit or stand for too long. Instead move around. If sitting or standing for a long period is unavoidable then elevate your legs while sitting and place one foot on a stool while standing to take the pressure off your spine.
A healthy diet and active lifestyle are fundamental to a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of degenerative disc disease. Eat whole grains, lots of proteins and milk for the development of healthy bones and regeneration of muscles. Exercise regularly for strong muscles.
Prevention Degenerative Disc Disorder
Prevent the development of degenerative disc disease.
Article published December 30th, 2010
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