The Result of Uncorrected Spinal Mis-alignment
Isn’t this just part of the normal aging process?
Because the symptoms of long term spinal decay often only show up by the time a person is (but not always) elderly, we are misled into believing that the problems associated with it are merely part of the aging process. Not true!
Spinal Decay is the result of long-standing, uncorrected spinal stress.
By the time an individual reaches senior age their body has had many years of adjusting to ongoing abnormal conditions of their spine, which due to slow buildup over time, have come to feel “normal” simply by the nature of it always being there.
Can chiropractic care help those advanced cases?
Absolutely. It is never to late to slow down and alleviate the process. The most important thing with spinal decay is preventing its progression. No matter what “phase” you are in prevention of further decay is the key.
Chiropractic care will help those stabilise areas already fused together. This usually results in a significant reduction of symptoms. Some areas of the spine that have considerable nerve damage may be quite slow to recover, but in order to begin rehabilitating these damaged joints it is essential to clear as much nerve damage as possible.
Can spinal decay be reversed?
When spinal decay is detected at an early stage, chiropractic intervention can produce remarkable benefits. In Phase 1 cases, many patients see restoration of spinal curves and improved mobility. Chiropractic care at later stages shows promise, but results vary from patient to patient. Many factors are involved but personal responsibility and active participation in recovery are the key to great patient outcomes.
Why hasn’t my GP mentioned Spinal Decay?
If you have had back or neck pain for a while, chances are you have been to a general practitioner (GP) to get some relief. So, why don’t they talk about Spinal Decay?
Well, your GP probably has mentioned some of the effects of spinal decay, but they usually call it “arthritis” or “old age”. Unfortunately GP’s do not study much in the way of mechanical problems within the spine. One or two lectures is all they get in their undergraduate Medicine degree!
This inadequecy is obvious when it is considered that they routinely order X-rays of the spine that are done with the patient lying down instead of standing up. Stresses on the spine are not in action whilst lying down . Remember; You don’t walk around lying down. Mechanical problems, disc changes and joint instability are not adequately visualised on X-rays that are done laying supine.
Many GP’s figure you are not going to die from back pain. So they are more interested in “Bugs and Blood”. For example: have you got heart disease, diabetes or cancer? Unfortunately many GP’s actually believe that if you leave it, your back will get better by itself.
For most GP’s the treatment of back pain is relatively simple:
- for acute back pain give anti-inflammatories
- or really bad back pain give pain killers and muscle relaxants
- for chronic low back pain give anti-depressants
Chiropractors do not used drugs or surgery. Your Chiropractor will advise on strategies for maintaining optimum spinal function, strategies which will have none of the negative outcomes when prescription drugs are taken.
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