Our brain and spinal cord together form our central nervous system which is responsible for the things we do. It is our back and mind that helps us do things like-walk and talk-and it also controls the other things in our body that we need to live automatically. So it would be a no-brainer as to how important they are for our existence. But did you ever think about how important one was toward the other or if one had more importance over the other? If I asked you which was more important for our mental health, our brain or our spine you would obviously say our brain right? But did you ever stop to think about how important our spine is to our brain? In this contributed post we are going to discuss just that.
In the case of mental health, the most important organ is the brain, right? Not necessarily because other factors play a part too. Without a healthy mindset, there is no way to get rid of the demons in your head and the brain is integral to this process. Still, eating superfoods and drinking plenty of water won’t solve the problem. As always, the mind and the body are interlinked, so what hurts one impacts the other. As odd as it sounds, this makes the spine an essential part of positive mental health. A healthy back is a healthy mind, and here are the reasons why.
Rids Clouding Pain
There are different types of pain, and the first one to consider is a mind-clouding ache. It can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from a sharp pang to a serious twinge. Either way, as soon as it hits, you know about it and can’t get it out of your mind. The pain clouds every thought because all you can think about is “how am I going to make it better?” As soon as a chiropractor eases the aches and the tension, people can reflect clearly without distractions. Align the spine and the brain will follow suit.
Reduces Chronic Pain
Another type of hurt which comes from a bad back is the sort that never goes away. Some days are better than others, yet it still lays there dormant waiting to strike. Anyone who has suffered from soreness like this will tell you it is incredibly frustrating. On a daily basis, you can experience wild mood swings which occur because of the irritation which seemingly won’t go away. Worse, it can escalate into a depression where sufferers lose the ability to think positively because hope seems lost. When a pain that has plagued you for years dissipates, your outlook on life will change.
Connects The Brain To The Spine
Yes, the brain and the spine are already connected. Otherwise, you would struggle to read this because, well, you wouldn’t be alive! However, there are misalignments caused by tension in the vertebras, the first, second and third ones being the main culprits. Because the spine is a passageway for the nervous system, any shift can impact the chemical imbalance in the brain. As a result, back pain, in certain circumstances, leads to negative thoughts. Realigning the vertebras connects the two organs in harmony resets the mind back to its initial settings.
Depression Causes Back Problems
Although the spine is important, there are numerous reasons for the onset of depression. Sadly, it leads to a vicious circle and the only way to break the chain is to solve the problem. For example, a poor outlook on life can lead to back issues which then encourage more negative thoughts. As the situation escalates, the odds of developing depression get higher and higher. Dealing with the spinal injury will help to calibrate both the body and the head (hopefully!).
Now you understand the link, will you try and take better care of your spine?
So what have we learned? Is our mental health all the responsibility of our brain or do other parts of our body play a part?
Since our spine and brain work together to form the central nervous system, when we are in pain those signals go straight to our brain. This then affects how we function.
Pain can change our mood, affect our ability to think and function and make it hard to sleep. I know when I am in pain it is very difficult to get any work done. Taking medicine can sometimes only affect my cognitive function.
So taking care of our health includes taking care of our spine.
Research has even shown that people who suffer from chronic pain can become depressed and on top of that those who suffer from severe depression can feel pain more intensely.
Here are a few ways to help keep your spine as healthy as possible:
1. Make sure your spine gets the best rest it can. Buy a mattress and pillows that support your spine. It is best to replace your mattress after 7 years.
2. Perform exercises that strengthen your ab and core muscles. This will help support your spine by taking pressure off of your low back.
3. Buy good shoes that help support your back. The heels of your shoes should be snug but not overly tight. I like to use Dr. Scholl’s inserts in my shoes.
4. Practice correct posture when sitting. Keep your back and your neck straight. Don’t slouch and bend your neck especially when using smartphones.
5. Try massage, this has many benefits. It is great to increase blood flow and to help headaches.
What can you do differently to help your spines health? Do have any tips you use to keep your spine in shape?
I would love to hear your tips below!