After seeing patients with stiff spines for over 15 years, I have learned a few things about what it takes to be healthy. And one thing I can be certain of, is that there is a direct relationship between the function of someone’s spine and their overall health.
This makes complete sense since the skull and spine protect the central nervous system which controls the body. Stress and tension on this “axial skeleton” puts stress on the central nervous system, and that is not conducive to good health.
The problem usually starts when we get so busy that we fail to take time to take care of ourselves.
Consider the cat and dog. They are some of the least busy creatures on the planet. They do what they want or mindlessly do what we programmed them to do… or, they do nothing at all. But when they get up from doing nothing at all, they take time to stretch. And when they stretch, they do it with an emphasis on their spines. And they will stretch their spines several times a day – literally after every period of inactivity.
I am convinced that what should be an innate action in us was meant to protect us from a degenerating spine and the “vertebral subluxation complex”, the spinal condition that chiropractors work to correct.
But for some reason, we educated humans don’t stretch our spines innately. I am convinced that this is why there is a demand for chiropractic in almost every plaza in America.
But it may be easier to prevent spinal problems from developing than to fix them later. And keeping our spines functioning can slow down the spine degeneration process and may even reverse it to some extent.
“Disc dessication” or disc dehydration from lack of proper spinal joint function is a condition that can cause pain, arthritis, joint range of motion abnormalities, decreased nerve funtion, changes to your health, and further joint degeneration; and it is a preventable condition.
Chiropractic adjustments are particularly beneficial when it comes to restoring individual spinal segments to proper function. Supporting and maintaining function with proper exercises following a chiropractic adjustment is a key to getting better quickly and preventing future problems once your former spinal problems have been corrected. The combination of chiropractic and proper exercise can prove to be a winning combination and a path to better physical performance, less pain, and more health.
Follow Up: Today, I found a very related article about this very same thing proving it works. You can find it at the well.blogs.nytimes.com. It is titled “For Neck Pain, Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better Than Drugs”
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