Many of us are very diligent about our preventive, routine check-ups, annual physicals and teeth cleanings, for example. Few of us, though, think about our spine the same way; yet without proper, routine “maintenance,“ we can end up with spinal decay or degeneration.
Spinal decay/degeneration refers to changes in the spine that accompany aging. Constant stress on your spine plus subluxations (left untreated) negatively affect your discs. As was mentioned in a previous post, discs degenerate as part of aging, as activity declines or when they become dehydrated. This results in thinning of the cushion between the discs and a loss of flexibility in the spine. You can then expect other problems such as misalignment, pinched nerves, herniated discs or osteoarthritis, to name a few.
Spinal decay is a slow process. You don’t have to have been in an accident or experienced trauma to see changes in the spine. Everyday things such as poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture or incorrect lifting can impact the health of the spine.
The decaying process is made up of three phases.
- Phase 1: Loss of spinal curves and/or reduced ability to bend or turn
- Phase 2: Increased calcium between joints to compensate for Phase 1; space between discs decreases
- Phase 3: More calcium and bone deposits (spurs), increased neck and shoulder tension, neurological problems; space between discs is nearly gone
This begs the question: What is the spinal equivalent of a good teeth cleaning?
The first step is to get an x-ray of your spine the same way your dentist x-rays your mouth each year. This allows your chiropractor to determine in what condition your spine is before you start any treatment.
The second step is to seek chiropractic care and start getting your spine re-aligned. One of the goals of chiropractic care is to identify where the spine is not working properly and restore alignment through adjustments. This also gets the nerves working properly again. When the spine is moving freely you are also slowing degeneration. Just like you go to your dentist for regular cleanings to prevent tooth decay, regular visits to your chiropractor can prevent spinal decay.
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