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Why is a healthy spine important?

Why is a healthy spine important?
     I know this might not seem important to you right now, but in the future it will be, so I want to address it so at least when it comes into play, you’ll know more about it.

     The function of your spine is:

•    movement
•    support
•    protection
•    coordination, and
•    control

     That’s a lot to say about your spinal column. Movement is one of the primary signs of life and any change in the structure or function of the spine may adversely affect human movement. That means if you’re not moving well, your body is suffering. As you age, you lose movement if you’re not doing things that will promote movement. I know a man that is now 65 years old, but he still thinks he’s thirty. He moves slower, but he still looks really good. Quality of life is what we’re talking about here.
     Support for the head is paramount because the neck is involved in quick coordinating movements for survival and protection and in general daily activities. Your head weighs in at about 8-10 pounds. If you don’t think that is a lot, pick up a ten pound weight. The shoulder and pelvic girdles are also attached and supported. All these structures are related to the spine, so if you get into trouble with your spine, they can be affected.
     Protection of the central nervous system allows it to function optimally via the spinal cord, housed within the spine, which controls the function of every single cell, tissue and organ in the body. You want your central nervous system protected. You do not want to be in a wheelchair, and that can happen if you don’t protect your spinal column the right way.
     Therefore a healthy spine, coupled with a healthy nervous system, is crucial in terms of maintaining whole body health. Yes you should feel good, but just because you feel good does NOT mean you’re healthy. That’s a myth. Here’s the deal. Any alteration of spinal structure or function may cause irritation of the central nervous system or the outer spinal nerves that are protected as they travel to organs or muscles. This alteration is known to chiropractors as "vertebral subluxation" and this is what we check you for each and every time you’re in the office for an adjustment.
     The cause of vertebral subluxation (a misaligned portion of your spine) can be summed up as fatigue. Fatigue occurs when a system or structure undergoes loading or stress that alters its structure and function, and this injury overcomes the body's ability to heal itself. You want to remember that no doctor ever heals you. You always heal yourself. This injury or misalignment in your spine can cause illness because it affects the nervous system's ability to function normally. If your car doesn’t respond like it should you know something is wrong. If it shakes when you start it, you know something is wrong. Same with your spine. If it’s misaligned, things are going to go wrong with you.
     Fatigue can occur via repeated physical stresses or instantly in a physical accident, but often it is brought on by too much psychological stress or lifestyle factors like inadequate nutrition or exercise. Stess is a big one from my standpoint.
     Eventually effects may be varied - from tight or weak muscle groups, degeneration of spinal discs and general neck and back aches and pains - to common ailments such as headaches, jaw pain, rib (chest) pain, poor concentration, sleep disorders and even knee and foot problems. Call for an appointment today if you have not been adjusted recently.

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