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Why seeing a Chiropractor is important?
Problems in your spine can lead to spinal decay.
Minor back and neck pain can be symptoms of what is called Subluxation Degeneration or Pinched Nerves. When proper spinal function is compromised a serious degenerative process is set in motion and if neglected gets worst with time. X-ray views of the spine can be used to identify if you have any problems in your spine.
Subluxation Degeneration is a relentless degenerative process associated with the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. It can be caused by uncorrected physical trauma, emotional stress, or chemical imbalance. If neglected, calcium deposition reduces joint mobility and makes complete correction difficult.
Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disk spacing is sign of healthy spinal function.
Loss of normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal ranges of motion. Ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present.
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. One spurs attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc degeneration.
After years of neglect, complete fusion has immobilized the joint. Obstructed nerve openings cause permanent nerve irritation as soft tissue degeneration continues. This irreversible condition is usually associated with other chronic health problems.
This slow decay is especially serious because pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present until this condition is well advanced. The reduced range of motion, scar tissue, and nervous system irritation can impair the health and function of other tissues, organs, and systems of your body.
The body treats the restricted motion and soft tissue damage of a malfunctioning spinal joint like a broken bone. It responds by depositing calcium on adjacent joint surfaces, attempting to splint them together. Given enough time, bone spurs, fusion, and an irreversible condition results.
An effective form of care is specific chiropractic adjustments. These help return spinal bones to their normal position and motion. Repeated adjustments help restrain the supporting muscles and ligaments. With better joint bio-mechanics the normal healing process can begin.
Because the damage of Subluxation Degeneration gets worst with time, early detection and correction is essential. If detected in childhood, the process can often be reversed and permanent deformity avoided. When found in adults, improving or correcting joint function is hoped to slow, stop, or reverse this degenerative process.
Reference: Hadley L.A.