Your musculoskeletal system is comprised of a complex mixture of ligaments, tendons, joints, bones, and muscles, and it’s the systemic mechanism within your body that allows you to perform daily activities. Your musculoskeletal system provides structural support for every physical activity that you engage in, and it protects your ability to function in a healthy manner. A healthy musculoskeletal system allows you to comfortably lead the active life you love.
Musculoskeletal disorders include a wide array of conditions that can affect your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue. Such disorders can be caused by physical injury or even from simple overuse, and they are classified as either acute, subacute, chronic, or recurring depending on their duration and presentation pattern. Musculoskeletal disorders often affect your head and neck, low back and pelvis, shoulders, mid-back, hands and wrists, and elbows. If left unchecked, musculoskeletal pain can become a chronic painful condition. In fact, musculoskeletal disorders are so prevalent that they’re now ranked as the second-leading cause of disability worldwide.
Taking Care of Your Musculoskeletal System
While age plays a natural role in musculoskeletal disorders, there’s plenty that you can do – at any age – to help keep your musculoskeletal system healthy and working for you. When it comes to musculoskeletal health, your first line of defense is staying active. Whatever your age or fitness level, make sure that you continue to engage in exercise that’s appropriate for you. This is the single best way to keep your musculoskeletal system in tip-top shape.
Avoiding injury in the first place is the second most important weapon in your arsenal against musculoskeletal discomfort. While accidents do happen, there are things that you can do to minimize their occurrence:
- Get a good night’s sleep; it’s been proved to reduce injury-causing accidents.
- Wear comfortable footwear that’s appropriate for whatever activity you’re engaging in; this simple step can stave off tripping accidents as well as posture complaints.
- Take a moment to plan your day; this can help you avoid the rushing around that often leads to accidents.
- Actively manage your health, weight, and diet; these play an integral role in avoiding injury and maintaining musculoskeletal health.
- Make chiropractic treatment part of your musculoskeletal health regime; your chiropractor will help you find musculoskeletal balance and renewed energy.
Improved Musculoskeletal Health Is Within Reach, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Make your musculoskeletal health a priority and contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. As musculoskeletal specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to bolster your enjoyment of life through improved musculoskeletal health. True wellness is achieved through a holistic approach to medical care, and chiropractic care is integral to this approach. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call and allow us to help guide you toward improved musculoskeletal health.