Spine Health: Zero-Gravity Position
By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC
Las Vegas Informer
Improve the health of your spine by utilizing the zero-gravity position. Decompress your spine and decrease muscle tension in the zero-gravity position.
Correct ergonomic positioning is a key ingredient to achieving and maintaining a healthy spine. Sitting and lying in a position that lessens pull on the spinal muscles and reduces pressure on the intervertebral discs is imperative to spine health.
The therapeutic benefits of the zero-gravity position on the spine include: Vertebral decompression, decreased hip flexor muscle tension and improved circulation in the lower extremities.
The zero gravity concept was first developed by NASA research scientists when they were searching for the best position for the astronauts during launch. This position is the exact position the body naturally moves into when floating in zero-gravity, hence the name zero-gravity position.
In the zero-gravity position the spine, hips and knees are placed in very specific angles. These angles relax the powerful hip flexor muscles. The hip flexor muscles originate in the lower spine, attach to the pelvis, and then attach to the upper thigh. Contraction of the hip flexor muscle raises the knee toward the chest. Relaxation of the hip flexor muscles reduces their pull on the spine and pelvis.
The zero-gravity position reduces compression of the spine. The intervertebral disc (IVD) serves as a shock distributor between the vertebrae. Compression of the vertebrae may result in nerve impingement and pain. Spinal decompression in the zero gravity position helps lessen nerve impingement and pain.
Zero-Gravity Recliner: Low back pain sufferer’s benefit a great deal from sitting in a zero-gravity recliner. Reclining in an ergonomically designed zero-gravity chair is the best way to achieve the zero-gravity position.
The zero gravity position reduces the amount of force exerted on the spine by decompressing the spinal column and lessening muscle tension. These therapeutic effects are extremely effective and may be felt immediately.
When reclined to its fullest the zero-gravity recliner positions the body so the legs are higher than the heart. This position improves blood flow in the legs and promotes relaxation.
Leg Wedge: Those with lower back conditions can utilize a leg wedge while lying supine. A proper sized, memory foam filled leg wedge flexes the hips and knees to closely resemble the zero-gravity position and lessen pain.
Incorporate the zero-gravity position into your spinal health strategies. Decompress the spinal column, reduce IVD pressure and lower muscle tension to achieve a greater level of spine health. Combine the usage of a zero-gravity recliner with proper work station ergonomics, correct exercise technique and consistent chiropractic care to develop and maintain a healthy spine.
Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC
Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 2595 S. Cimarron Rd, Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89117. His web address is www.ChampionshipChiropractic.com. He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and DrO@ChampionshipChiropractic.com.
Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.
Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness, exercise and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. He is published in OnFitness magazine,Livestrong.com, SpineUniverse.com and eHow.com.
Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics and nutrition.
Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC loves to exercise. Bike riding and kettlebell training are his current favorite types of exercises. He credits Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Sly Stallone as major influences during his teens and early twenties.
Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.