Chiropractic - The Basics

The main concern of the chiropractor is how a badly-shaped spine can affect the nervous system, as this shows the effect of poor posture on your overall health.

The Spine is designed to perform three essential tasks:

1. To protect the delicate spinal cord.

2. Support and give frame to your whole body.

3. Allow body movement.

In order to perform all of these tasks to the best of its ability the spine has to have an ideal shape:

CURVED if you are looking at it from a side view.

STRAIGHT if you are looking at it from the front or back view.

The ideal shape:

The shape of your spine is absolutely crucial for proper spinal function. Abnormal spinal shape causes abnormal spinal motion. This causes spinal degeneration or ‘arthritis’. Abnormal spinal shape also causes abnormal pressure or stretching of the spinal nerves. This decreases your body’s healing responses and can cause many health problems.

Stress on spinal joints:

The spinal joints rely on the ideal spinal shape to keep proper movement patterns. The ideal shape puts minimal pressure on the joints allowing them to move freely with minimal wear and tear through-out your whole life.

This means that abnormal posture causes abnormal wear and tear, commonly called ‘arthritis, of your spinal joints. This leads to reduced movement and an increased likelihood of pain from the joints.

Stress on nerves:

The brain sends messages to the body through the spinal column and along the spinal nerves. These exit through gaps in the spinal bones and go to your arms, legs and all your organs

The spinal nerves are enclosed in spinal bones so this means that when your spine changes shape so does your spinal cord and the spinal nerves are stretched.

Spines that have changed shape wear at the joints and poor posture results. It can show up as ‘sway back’, rounded shoulders, forward head posture, uneven hips or scoliosis which all interfere with or stretch your spinal nerves.

The body reacts to stresses by adapting. This means that if your body is stressed in some way it will try to compensate. The spine is the same and it behaves in a very predictable way. It will change shape over time with all the small postural stresses, such as sitting at a desk or driving a car as well as the bigger traumas like falls and accidents.

All this compensating and adapting takes its toll as the spine gets bent out of shape. When the spine losses its proper shape it cannot adapt as well as it could and further compensation becomes increasingly difficult. Serious problems can arise after this point.

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