Let’s face facts: modern lifestyles are typically bad for your health. Sitting behind a computer all day or looking down at your phone isn’t good for your back, your joints, or your muscles. We tend to put physical activity on the back burner for sedentary gratification, which trends towards a whole mess of health problems down the line – including a condition call disuse syndrome.
The old saying goes, “use it or lose it.” Disuse syndrome is the embodiment of this adage and involves severe weakening of your spine, joints, and muscles as the result of being sedentary. It’s a serious medical condition that needs the attention of a professional.
More and more, chiropractors are seeing patients with diagnosed cases of disuse syndrome. The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA work hard to help patients recognize poor lifestyle habits and shift towards better ones. We may be able to help you correct the effects of your sedentary lifestyle before they have long-term consequences.
The effects of disuse syndrome
At its most developed stages, disuse syndrome is actually deterioration of muscles and joints. This occurs from a long-term sedentary lifestyle that, prior to the digital age, was really only observed in people confined to bedrest. Thankfully, severe cases are rare and moderate cases tend to be caught before they result in long-term damage.
Disuse syndrome affects both your physical and mental health. What’s more, it’s not always localized and can have far-reaching setbacks for multiple systems within the body. Some areas that may be affected include:
- Cardiovascular system;
- Musculoskeletal system;
- Endocrine system;
- Gastrointestinal system;
- Nervous system.
Loss of mobility and muscle deterioration are just the main symptoms stemming from disuse syndrome. Often accompanying them are poor circulation, issues with muscle memory, and trouble concentrating. Chronic pain and clinical depression are also common. If it reaches this stage, professional intervention is absolutely needed to stop and reverse the effects.
Many people’s first instinct in coping with minor bouts of disuse syndrome is to seek physical rehabilitation. This is only one option, however. Chiropractic is another.
Chiropractors are actually uniquely positioned to help disuse syndrome patients. The approach starts with correcting spinal subluxations (misalignments) that may make movement difficult, as well as the nervous system problems that come with subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments may also improve blood pressure, restore joint function, and correct posture.
Another reason chiropractors are intimately qualified is through their ability to help patients develop and establish good habits. This is critical for patients who want to rehabilitate while also preventing future disuse issues from occurring. A chiropractor will discuss proper exercise form, along with adopting a nutritious diet and staying active. Adopting these changes will result in a stronger body and better ongoing habit formation.
Can you feel your muscles getting weak or your body beginning to succumb to a sedentary lifestyle? Don’t let it get to the point of disuse syndrome. The staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA want to help you get back on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about how we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help patients identify areas of improvement in their spine health and total body wellness.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.