“90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine”
Dr. Roger Sperry, (Nobel Prize Recipient for Brain Research)
“For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.”
-Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol. 3
Most people visit my office because of pain that’s due to an injury, a car accident, repetitive stress, a known health condition, a muscle strain, or because they “slept wrong” or “threw their back out.” What most of them didn’t know before coming into the office is that they have had a problem with their spines long before feeling any pain. So how do you know if you should see a spine specialist (chiropractor) if you aren’t currently experiencing any back or neck pain? Pain is only one of many symptoms of an existing problem. Since only about 10% of the 15 billion nerve cells in our body carry pain signals to the brain, a problem may be present for years without ever knowing about it. That's why it is so important to get a routine check-up to identify any silent subluxations that may be robbing your body of its vital capacity.
There is so much you can do to improve your overall health and wellness. We all have poor posture most of the time. We all have stress that causes tension in our necks and shoulders. Why not start at the root of most problems and ensure that your body is moving and functioning at an optimal level? By the time you think you need my help, it has already been too long. It is much easier and cheaper to prevent future problems than to fix them once it’s too late. Call the office today and set up an appointment to have your spine checked out BEFORE any pain or problems occur.
Abnormal stress over time can lead to structural changes in the spine, including degeneration of disks and joints, lengthening or shortening of the supportive ligaments and muscles, and wear and tear of cartilage. All of these structural changes can lead to pain. However, there are many things that you can do each day to minimize current spine pain and prevent future episodes from occurring.
The foundation for a healthy spine starts with posture. Bad posture can be the cause of spinal pain, it can make existing pain worse, and it certainly can make the pain last a lot longer. Poor posture is also a factor in conditions such as chronic headaches, TMJ dysfunction and shoulder pain. The basis for good posture is maintaining a "neutral spine." A neutral spine retains three natural curves: a small hollow at the base of the neck, a small roundness at the middle back, and a small hollow in the low back.