The very foundation of human anatomy or the physical form and structure is the spine. It is responsible for the human form, structure and numerous functions. While many are aware of the functions of the spine in regards to movement, there are other functions as well such as neural, muscular and healing. The spinal cord sends heaps of neural signals to the brain and also receives them. A properly aligned spine functioning perfectly can enhance the natural ability to heal from many physical injuries.
Spinal degeneration is unavoidable. As a newborn grows to be an infant and then enters the teens followed by adolescence, the spine keeps growing through the years, like almost every other part and organ of the body. Once the adult body is fully formed, the spine stops growing. As one ages, the physical attributes of the spine deteriorates. It is not unusual or a rarity. The spine is subject to consistent labor throughout one’s life. Your spine works all day and night, whether you are sitting, standing, running, working, eating or sleeping. The consistent pressure on the spine, the myriad movements and also physical injury at different stages of life cause spinal degeneration. During younger days, the spine can counter the natural wear and tear because the body is capable of healing itself and neutralizing any damage. With age, this healing ability deteriorates and consequentially there is a time when the spine is no longer capable of countering the wear and tear.
The wear and tear, tissue scarring, stiffening of muscles, weakening of the bones or the vertebra in the spinal column and other health problems lead to spinal degeneration. The once strong and flexible spine can transform into a rigid, fixated and immobile backbone. The joints in the spine become immobile, there is calcification around the joints, the bones start to suffer damage and lose their density and the muscles do not remain as strong as in the younger days. Spinal degeneration can happen naturally with age or it can be a direct effect of an injury at any age. While all and sundry would suffer from spinal degeneration, the symptoms, pain and apparent problems with the spine will vary among individuals. Some would feel immense pain while others may have sporadic infrequent problems.
The only solution to spinal degeneration is chiropractic treatment. The spine has to be kept healthy, mobile and tissue inflammation, joint calcification, muscle strength and bone mass have to be maintained or restored.
Chiropractic treatments involve identifying the areas of the spine that are suffering from degeneration and with various therapies, the healing or undoing of the damage is facilitated. Chiropractic treatments can help in keeping the joints mobile, relieve pinched, compressed or irritated nerves, improve the strength of the muscles and bones and also improve the range of motion.
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