You’ve probably heard it from your parents. “Eat your vegetables so you can grow big and strong!” or “Don’t slouch, it will stunt your growth!” But were your parents right? Are there factors other than genetics that influence height? You might be surprised to learn that the spine has an influence on your height, which leads to the question, can chiropractic make you taller? Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness wants you to understand the relationship between height and chiropractic as well as the relationship between height and health.
Total Chiropractic Will Help You on The Road to Wellness
Total Chiropractic helps patients manage pain. We do this in a variety of ways including chiropractic techniques, creating diet and exercise plans and helping you make smart lifestyle choices. We’ll provide services like whiplash and accident treatment, trigger point therapy and spinal decompression. When we meet with a patient, we’ll talk to you and design a plan that’s right for you. We’ll go over every detail with you because we want you to know as much as possible about your spine and your health, which is why we want to give you information about your spine and height.
Spinal Compression and Decompression
You may remember hearing news stories about astronauts growing taller in space. It’s true. According to space.com, NASA scientists have discovered that space travelers can grow up to 3 percent taller while they’re living in microgravity. Studies have shown that when the spine is not affected by gravitational pull, vertebrae expand and relax, allowing astronauts to become taller. But their height returns to normal after a few months.
But what about here on earth? According to Everyday Health, your height fluctuates a bit every day. You’re actually tallest when you wake up and you can lose a centimeter in height by the end of the day. “The discs in your spine get compressed from being upright all day,” says Todd Sinett, a New York City-based chiropractor. You’ll regain some lost length again when you go back to sleep.
Spinal decompression can help you grow slightly, but as we mentioned above, it’s also used in chiropractic care. At Total Chiropractic, we use spinal decompression to treat conditions like chronically compressed discs, and herniated discs. Undergoing spinal decompression is a high tech version of old-fashioned traction tables. The procedure involves gently stretching the spine. This works like a vacuum and takes pressure off the discs of your spine. It allows the discs to decompress, which in turn, replenishes fluids, nutrients and oxygen in the spine. Spinal decompression will take the pressure off of the nerves of your spine. If you’re receiving this treatment, your herniated disc may begin to retract.
Total Chiropractic Can Treat You With Spinal Decompression
If you’ve been in an accident or suffer from chronic pain as the result of a herniated disc, Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness can help with spinal decompression treatment. Each 30 to 45-minute session will bring you relief and get you closer to wellness. And we might even make you a little taller. To learn more, contact Total Chiropractic today.