Water is everywhere. Water makes up about 71% of the earth’s surface. It only follows that every living thing on earth will be water-based – having a majority of their constituents made up of water. This is even more so for animals because water plays a major role in locomotion. How so? You might ask. Well, water, a fluid, easily moves, and at temperatures above 0 degrees celsius, water molecules will move around at the slightest force, rolling over surfaces and turning into gaseous steam with the application of sufficient heat. The chemical and physical properties of water make it one major substance necessary for the creation and sustenance of life.
Your body needs water because most of your body is made up of water. The human body is made up of about 60% water on average, varying from 45 to 75%. This range is dependent on various factors like age, sex, and hydration levels. And so, the essence of water to bodily function and overall health is highly apparent in things like cellular activity, temperature regulation, and excretion.
From the chiropractic standpoint, the role of water in the wellness and function of the musculoskeletal system cannot be overemphasized. The intricate network of muscles and bones, and the nerves that actuate this network, resulting in the manifestation of locomotion and posture, needs water to run efficiently, with minimal complications. As practising chiropractors in Royal Palm Beach with years of experience, we see too many cases of musculoskeletal disorders emerging from the body’s silent cry for water. Muscle injuries, joint pains, lower back problems and other issues, acute or chronic, could easily be traced to negative hydration habits, among other things.
It is important to note that water plays a crucial role in pain alleviation in the body. This is a medical fact. Pain arising from muscular fatigue and stress on the joints can easily be relieved by a few glasses of water, even without a need for rest or chiropractic in many cases. In fact, some chiropractic adjustments could potentially be strenuous when the water content of the body is low.
Our interest as Royal Palm Beach chiropractors is the overall well-being of our clients, especially in the arena of ease of mobility and good posture. Good posture and mobility of the body are made possible by the working of the muscles, which are made up of 70 to 75% water, in conjunction with well balanced, structurally aligned bones, which contain water from 20 to 25% of their mass. In dealing with spinal adjustments and joint manipulation, we are again made aware of the body’s water needs as these joints contain natural lubricants like synovial fluid, which are again greatly consisted of water.
It is evident that a chiropractor in Royal Palm Beach or anywhere else in the world can’t work on a dehydrated patient, as doing so will most definitely complicate existing problems further. In the Royal Palm Beach area, for example, because of the humidity of the environment, many people don’t realize they can quickly become dehydrated, particularly through sweat. This is commonly the case with young people. So, as a matter of principle in our practice, we would usually ask the client to drink some water a few minutes before a session begins.
The musculoskeletal system includes bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue. All these form the focus of chiropractic care. And because a major part of our field is focused on pain alleviation, the nervous system also falls under our field.
The manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to adjust, realign and repair muscular and joint connections can sometimes be very painful, especially in case of an injury, although this is rare. These operations will affect blood flow to the affected parts, which leads to the supply of nutrients for the body’s self-healing to begin. If there is an inadequate supply of water in the body, healing will be significantly slower because water aids the dissolution of nutrients for consequent assimilation by the muscles, bones and joints.
Stiffness in the muscles and joints after a chiropractic adjustment is usually an indication of the need for hydration. We always strongly advise hydrotherapy and ample water drinking after sessions. This is the key to speeding up recovery.
If your body’s silent cry for water is not quelled in proper fashion, many problems could emerge, and treatment could suddenly become a complication. Please, be guided.