As a chiropractor, the most important part of my job is to be an advocate for spinal hygiene. Most of us have adapted numerous positive habits as part of a healthy living regime. We begin brushing our teeth and visiting the dentist shortly after our teeth first appear. We have our eyes, ears, heart and lungs regularly checked by other doctors. Yet many of us do not think to get our spine and nervous system checked by a chiropractor. The way that your brain communicates with the rest of your body is by sending signals down your spinal cord, which is housed and protected by your spine. If there is a shift in the alignment of the vertebrae in your spine, it can alter the ability of your nervous system and the rest of your body to function.
Everyone can benefit from having their spine checked. Spinal misalignments often begin at a very young age. In fact, the birthing process itself is often very traumatic to the spine. As we age, things like poor posture, sedentary lifestyle, and falls and accidents along the way put stress on our spine and nervous system. No matter how big or small an injury may seem, their effects on the spine are often underestimated. According to research by T.K. Videman, MD, degeneration begins at a cellular level 5-7 days post spinal injury. After 2-3 weeks of joint fixation, healing will require 18 months, but will never be complete. Spinal degeneration is an epidemic. It is something that I see in x-rays everyday in practice. While it is impossible to avoid all of the stresses that lead to poor spinal health, you can take a proactive approach and get your spine checked by a chiropractor.
Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct misalignments of the spine to ensure that everything is moving properly and to prevent degeneration from occurring. Whether or not you are currently experiencing specific pain, I encourage you to have someone take a look at your spine. Many patients experience unexpected positive side effects from chiropractic care including improved sleep, better digestion, and increased mobility, just to name a few. Amazing things can happen when you take pressure off of your nervous system and allow your body to function the way it was designed to.