The spine runs along our back and helps with motion, stability, sensation, balance, and much more. The spine protects the spinal cord which is comprised of thousands of nerves and runs along the inside of the spine called the spinal canal. As a society, we are constantly ‘stressing’ the spine with standing, sitting, bending, jumping, and more. Over time, the spinal joints weaken or compress causing dysfunction and misalignment. Chiropractic care helps eliminate spinal joint dysfunction and misalignment within the spine which helps the nervous system function properly. The spine is the primary protector of the spinal cord and is also the pathway for the nerves. The function of the nervous system is highly developed and therefore influences all other systems in the body that can play a significant role in health and disease. With the help of chiropractic care, spinal dysfunction and misalignment can be eliminated improving the overall function of the nervous system.
Any joint (including vertebra) that is malfunctioning and prevented from moving freely is termed a joint dysfunction or subluxation. Joint motion constantly pumps the joint and provides nutrients and fluid to the cartilage and surrounding soft-tissue structures. Joint dysfunctions are not always associated with nerve irritation or pressure, but occasionally this occurs depending on the type and extent of the injury. Joint dysfunctions also may not be painful but may be tender to the touch.
When joint dysfunction or subluxation occurs, this does not mean that two bones are physically “out of place” but that the joint is fixated or not functionally properly. This fixation or compression creates a ‘stuck’ feeling in the joint and limits mobility and function. Joint dysfunctions physically cause your joints to wear unevenly and lead to early degeneration due to increased inflammation and loss of function. The degeneration is a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis and can occur due to the lack of movement.
In addition, the muscles will have to work harder due to this increased stiffness within the joint and decreased function/range of motion. This will lead to increased “wear and tear” on the muscle creating more adhesions and scar tissue.
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