Spinal degeneration starts with subluxation
Our spines are finite structures. As we grow older and heavier, the burden on our spines grows more profound. Spinal motion segments that include the vertebrae, intervertebral discs and facet joints begin to feel the wear and tear. Subluxations, which refer to partial dislocations in the spinal joints, become more frequent. While these usually cause no noticeable pain or dysfunction at first, the problems compound as time passes. Spinal degeneration starts here.
Spinal degeneration: the descent toward disability
Early on, subluxation may only cause slight pain or restricted movement. More aggressive subluxations will actually interfere with the spinal nerve roots and cause pain and dysfunction. But from here, the hill gets steeper. As your intervertebral discs begin to literally dry out due to poor diet, lack of exercise, increased body weight and spinal misalignment, they lose their natural resilience. Motion in the spinal joints becomes more restricted and the disc is liable to bulge; even slight pressure by a disc to a spinal nerve can cause tremendous pain. The next level of spinal degeneration is characterized by herniated discs, sciatica and degenerative disc disease. As arthritic changes begin to set in at the spinal motion segment level, the disc can become unobservable, and the vertebrae will essentially fuse themselves together. In this scenario, range of motion is severely restricted and back pain is a near ever-present part of life.
Don’t let yourself become a part of the pain
Back pain is never down to a single cause; it is a mosaic of causative factors that leaves you in crippling pain. Our job at Total Health Chiropractic is to prevent this from happening. Using natural modalities, we correct subluxation from the word go, ensuring that your intervertebral discs get the circulation and hydration they need for longevity. By correcting nerve interference, we help you move more freely and experience less pain. We urge you to not let subluxation linger- its potential to cause disability is already ailve and well in our population. Don’t let yourself become a part of the pain. Give our office in Bridgewater a call to schedule an appointment today.