The spine is a dynamic and complicated structure that plays the important role of housing and protecting the information highway, also know as the spinal cord. It's through this highway that the brain functions to receive and send signals through out the body. The simplest movement of bending the toe, to complex functions such as proper lung and heart function, or responding to things that are foreign in order to fight infection and disease is all controlled and maintained through the brain and spinal cord. The spine plays an important role in movement. It's designed to handle different types of stress that's placed on the body in all facets of when were moving and when we're not. Regular daily movement not only helps the brain to maintain its capacity to communicate with its network of nerves, but it also helps to provide nourishment and increased structural integrity to the curves and natural glide of the spine at all segments. The muscular system works in harmony with the spine to also assist it with movement and provide support against the forces of gravity and the physical demands placed on it.
We live in an age where technology has become so advanced that were not required to be as active as those in the past. Our jobs have become more sedentary where we sit for long periods of time at a computer and a desk that doesn't require a lot of movement. Because of the lack of movement, the muscles that we use for spinal support also begin to decrease in size and communication with the brain. We reinforce these different types of posture that are so common to everyday life, yet these mechanical faults when looked at over a long period of time, can cause detrimental results that leads to numerous types of symptomatology. A lack of movement in the spine or when a segment of spine stays out of position, also known to chiropractors as a subluxation, causes an inflammatory response that can lead to pain and dysfunction. This type of pain is also caused by strained muscles and damaged tissue. Both problems alter movement and cause recruitment of other muscles that wouldn't normally be required to produce an action if the spine or its muscles had been functioning. In addition to the lack of movement, incorrect movement or overuse injuries whether it's during exercise, lifting heavy objects, or moving incorrectly also causes these acute flare ups and if severe enough, can change the structural platform of the spine permanently.
After repeated trauma and postural stresses persist over long periods of time with out being corrected, the body will make adaptations in order to handle the stress that's placed on it. Arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and other ensuing degenerative factors will come into play earlier in life if we ignore the signs of dysfunction. It's not emanate that everyone will suffer from these issues, but if we can age more gracefully and understand the need to maintain a healthy spine, with muscular function, it can assist in avoiding these types of pathologies.
At SOONER SPINE & SPORTS THERAPY, we adjust the spine in order to help maintain motion and keep it biomechanically sound. The adjustment helps to realign segments that are out of place so that they can function normally. By keeping joints and muscles aligned we maintain function and allow ourselves to not limit our functional capacity because of the ailments brought on by a dysfunctional spine. Motion is life and the more unrestricted movement we have the more we can access it!