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If you’re concerned about wear and tear in your spine, hips, knees, or shoulders, you’re not alone. Wear and tear – or degenerative joint disease (DJD) – is one of the leading causes of pain and disability in Australians.

At the Canberra Spine Center we have helped thousands of Canberrans with DJD feel, move and function better through our spine rehabilitation program.

DJD is mostly caused by improper exercise over time. Photo: Shutterstock

It doesn’t age

It’s a common assumption that DJD is caused by aging, but that’s really not true. If this were the case, DJD would spread evenly throughout your body as you age.

The good news is that much of the DJD people experience can be prevented, or at least slowed down.

DJD is most often caused by improper movement of the joints over long periods of time, so you just need to create better movement.

Here are five things you can do to help:

  1. Increase movement where it was lost. Joints such as the neck, lower back, hips, and knees that are worn and tend to feel stiffer or have lost motion in one or more directions. Simple rotation exercises for the neck done a few times throughout the day, e.g. B. while sitting at your desk can go a long way towards preventing DJD. For the lower back, too, simple rotation exercises are a great way to improve movement and prevent DJD. Simply lie on your back, bend one knee towards your chest and pull it to the opposite side and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat both sides twice a day.
  2. Build strength and stability. Weak or poorly coordinated muscles contribute to poor joint control, leading to DJD. One of the best moves to practice every day is the squat. The easiest way to do this is to sit in a chair. Just touch your butt to the chair and then back up, rocking your butt backwards for the first part of the movement.
  3. run more Walking is a beautiful movement that engages almost every joint in your body through a healthy range of motion. As you walk, focus on making your strides even and long. And an upright posture.
  4. Get up regularly. Sitting is the new smoking, even when you’re not working. Get up every half hour, even if it’s just for a quick stretch or a glass of water. Doing something else spares the stressed tissues, trains the muscles, stimulates blood circulation and also improves the function of your spine and nervous system.
  5. Get better control. Your nervous system controls and coordinates the movement of all bones, joints, and muscles with each of your movements. This is called proprioception or posture sense. Spinal misalignment can alter proprioception, leading to poor control, and injuries such as sprains and strains and DJD are common results.

How do you create better control?

A well-functioning nervous system helps improve your sense of position.

Spinal misalignment is one of the most common causes of nervous system disorders. When the spinal bones stop moving through their normal range of motion, sensory information becomes jumbled, resulting in poor joint control.

Correcting spinal misalignment can improve the sense of joint position.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Typically, chiropractors approach treating DJD the same way they approach other conditions. Works on both the control system – the nervous system – and the local joints such as the hip, knee or shoulder to restore normal control and movement. Rehabilitation exercises are generally prescribed to help you get a faster and longer lasting result.

We are here to help

As part of the Spinal Health Week, we offer a spinal rehabilitation consultation. We can be reached on 6257 9400 and for more information on the spine and nervous system visit