Degeneration of the Spine
A study published in 2004* evaluated spinal degeneration in mice.
Researchers placed metal rods on their spinal vertebrae preventing specific vertebral movement.
Surfaces of the bone and discs showed degeneration after just one to four weeks of decreased movement in a spinal vertebra.
The most important finding of this research showed that irreversible degeneration resulted if movement was not restored within the first one to four week time frame.
The same research applied to humans. The degenerative process sets in when a spinal vertebra loses mobility.
Many scientists incorrectly refer to this process as a negative glitch in the body’s programming. The degenerative process serves as a protective mechanism. Bone spurs operate much like callouses that grow on the surface of the hand or feet from repeated stress to protect that area.
Reducing or preventing the degenerative process from settling into the vertebrae and discs comes from keeping the spine aligned and moving.
Chiropractors detect any misaligned or poorly moving vertebrae and adjust them to their proper position in order to restore proper function.
Alignment rejuvenates function in the brain and neurological function of the body. Adjustments reverse and prevent the deterioration of discs, joints, and vertebrae.
The degeneration of a human’s spine correlates with the deterioration of overall health and function of the body.
Poor posture and abnormal spinal health link directly to an increased risk of disease, disability, and pain.
A small, unfelt misalignment in the spine can create significant long-term health consequences. Chiropractors constantly remind their patients and the public about the vital necessity of good spinal health.
The importance of having your spine checked cannot be over emphasised.
Nothing improves spinal health better than regular Chiropractic evaluations and adjustments for adults and kids of all ages.
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*Journal of the American Chiropractic Association; 2004 41(2): 22-2
“Rat model yields evidence of biomechanical basis for subluxation.”
Henderson, DC, PhD, Cramer DC, PhD.