What is spinal health?
I have heard from a handful of patients how they have the “normal” arthritis, bulging discs, and sciatica and each time I have to take a step back. There is a huge difference between “normal” and common. Arthritis is never a normal process just like pain is never normal either. Once arthritis is formed on bones, you can’t get rid of it. Luckily, with chiropractic care and keeping the spine mobile we can help maintain and prevent arthritis from worsening. What causes abnormal bone growth (arthritis) on the spine? Studies show that from the birthing process, childhood sports, falls, slips, accidents, physical labor, to poor posture all impact the positioning of our spines. Wolf’s law teaches us that abnormal pressure on a bone results in excess bone formation to that part of the bone. We see this often with degenerative changes in the spine, hips, shoulders, etc when people are not in proper alignment. My why for why I do what I do is because I know that chiropractic care can help people of all ages live longer and healthier lives by taking care of the foundation that serves to protect all of our organs and has to last our entire lifetime. I also invested a large portion of my time into pediatric chiropractic technique because I would rather ensure a healthy future for children now, then see them in my office 30-40 years from now complaining of sciatica, arthritis, etc.
My outlook on chiropractic care is similar to smoking cigarettes. When a child is born, the trauma can be the equivalent of one cigarette. The stress on the newborn’s neck and back from the delivery can push a segment(s) of the spine slightly out of place. The child could be irritable, not sleep, etc. and no one thinks of the spine at this point in time. Then years go by and the misalignment (subluxation) then results in the rest of the spine to compensate in abnormal patterns to keep the righting reflex. This is a natural reflex of the body to maintain an upright position. More years go by and that one cigarette turns into cartons and then the person becomes symptomatic with pain and has degeneration. You may go 40-50 years without symptoms but that doesn’t mean the problem isn’t there. You can smoke a pack of cigarettes but that doesn’t mean one pack doesn’t coat your lungs with chemicals just because you don’t feel a difference. If we know the best time to start taking care of our spines is from birth then the next best time to do so is now. It’s investing and promoting a healthy future and I want to make a change. I want to see a world where it is normal to take care of your spine because I can’t think of anything more important.
This month I wanted to focus on why routine chiropractic care is beneficial for anyone and everyone. Chiropractic tends to be placed in a unique box where majority of people only use it as another means for pain relief. Often there are two extremes: patients who feel better right away and others who feel the same but both whom try chiropractic once and stop.
Think about it this way: Almost everything we do to benefit ourselves in the long run takes time and repetition to see and feel the maximum benefits. Whether it is working out, dieting, or even taking a supplement, it takes time to notice a difference. Chiropractic works in the same regard because many of us are physically active, have poor posture, and even the way we sleep can alter how our spine is positioned. Our bodies naturally want to be pulled back into the position it was held in for who knows how long. Chiropractic is like brushing our teeth but for the spine! Would you go years without brushing your teeth? Yet we can receive fake teeth if we don’t take care of ours but our spines are different. Spinal surgeries today include rods, pins, and sometimes bone fragments to help fuse damaged segments. There is no such thing as a spinal transplant. Routine care does not mean 3x/week for life! I recommend once a week for the normal person but I always tell my patients that something is better than nothing. If you can do every two weeks then it is still beneficial but just takes more time to make a difference. I hope this was informative and at least makes you think of the importance of your spine. Have an amazing month!
iConnect Family Chiropractic
46 Union Ave
Cresskill, NJ 07626