To continue with our blog, let’s talk about the process. First and foremost one must understand that corrective spinal care takes time and energy. And the amount of time and energy needed all depends on how subluxated or misaligned a spine is. There are 4 advancing stages of degeneration a subluxated spine can be diagnosed in (see image below).
Image 1: As a subluxated neck degenerates so does one's health.
One thought you may have when looking at the above image is this: is a subluxated spine an effect of having poor health? I can assure you the opposite is true. Having a subluxated spine leads to poor health. Why? simply because I've seen time and time again when a spine corrects, health is regained.
There are two aspects that I focus on when it comes to spinal correction. The first one is structure which we explained in my last blog. Please review my previous blog to refresh your memory on why correcting structure is important. And the second one is on movement and getting the spine to move back to normal ranges of motion – increasing mobility and flexibility of the spine. This is important because recent research has shown that there are very specialized types of nerves called mechanoreceptors that run all along the spine, especially the very top of the neck (C1 and C2) that provide crucial information to the brain. Why is this important? Because in order for your brain to be able to adapt to your environment it must know what’s going on in your body. And these specialized mechanoreceptor nerves do just that. Thus, if your spine is not moving well there is a decrease of brain stimulation from the spine which leads to your body’s poor ability to adapt to its surrounding environment and thus be healthy.
Through chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic specific exercises we are able to improve both the movement and the structure of one’s spine. All this combined allows for the brain and body to function optimally. Everyone who wants to obtain maximal health should seek a corrective chiropractor. It should be a part of everyone’s lifestyle to prevent sickness and disease. Health is an investment. More on this next time, but in the meantime, go get your spine checked!