Disclaimer: Should you look in the mirror one morning and find your spine on your face, please call 911 immediately!
I heard a doctor the other day say something like, if your spine was on your face, you’d take much better care of it. Makes sense when you think about it.
Every day, multiple times per day even, we look in the mirror, grab our toothbrush and go to work making sure our teeth are clean and pretty and functioning properly. If we notice some food between our teeth, we floss. If we discover what appears to be some plaque forming, we get a cleaning.
Because we can see our teeth every day, we tend to take better care of them. We brush, floss, get checkups and cleanings every six months or so. Sure, we’ve been taught to do that. But it’s also a byproduct of seeing them every day.
Now teeth are important, but they’re also replaceable. You can get dentures, or even implants that appear and function just like real teeth. But your spine? Good luck getting a spinal implant.
Let’s consider what a healthy spine looks like.
Your spine is made up of vertebrae, and in the gaps between your vertebrae you have a thick amount of disc space. Your vertebrae are symmetrical. There are no protrusions. And the space between each vertebra is thick and cushiony and working to perfection.
If we could see it every day, we’d be able to recognize if there was a problem. We could see that the vertebrae weren’t aligned. We would notice if the disc space was shrinking.
As your vertebral joints stop working like they should the discs start to degenerate, the disc space starts to thin out and as that happens the body senses there is a weakness. And when it does, it sends calcium to that area to try and strengthen the area. However, in this case, as the calcium lays down it builds on top of each other forming what are called osteophytes known to many as spurs. This begins a process many refer to as degenerative joint disease or degenerative disc disease. As this process happens and the discs weaken you are more likely to have a disc bulge or even herniate. All of this also closes the hole where the nerve root exits the spine therefore placing stress on the nerve affecting the brain’s ability to communicate with wherever that nerve is going.
If we could see this build-up of calcium and actually see the “spurs” growing on our spine, or a spine that wasn’t symmetrical, or see the disc thinning or the nerve being impinged upon it would be impossible to ignore. But we can’t see it unless we get an x ray taken and that is not something we do daily. And when it comes to your spine, out of sight, out of mind can easily lead to ill health and disease.
Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing food on your teeth. Do we just shrug and say, oh well? And what happens if we continue to ignore the truth right in front of us? Gum disease, cavities, and bye-bye teeth, right?
Now don’t get me wrong, teeth are important. But they can be replaced. And teeth falling out never contributed to the host of problems that can occur when your spine isn’t healthy.
Your brain and body communicate through your central nervous system. An unhealthy spine creates interference in that communication and can cause problems anywhere in your body. It’s that simple. And since you cannot replace your spine or your nervous system, maybe we should all start taking care of them as if we could see them every day. As if they were on our face!
TRUCHIRO is about whole-body health and wellness. It’s about keeping your central nervous system healthy. It’s about preventing problems. Just like brushing your teeth. And there are a number of tools chiropractors use that can tell you just how healthy (or unhealthy) your spine really is.
Nerve scans are excellent tools for showing if you have nervous system interference anywhere in your body. It’s the same technology that NASA uses on its astronauts.
The old stand-by is a great tool for showing if you have some sort of spinal degeneration or vertebral subluxation. It’s not the same as looking in the mirror every day, but it provides the feedback you need.
Posture is an important part of spinal health. Postural analysis can tell us a lot about what possible problems you may be experiencing by simply assessing your current posture. And if your posture isn’t perfect, we can also help correct it.
Prevention is always the key. You don’t want to reach the point of no return. Reaching that point with your dental health may result in a toothless grin. But the point of no return, when it comes to spinal health, can be much more catastrophic.
Not all chiropractors are created equally. To find a chiropractor that focuses on the central nervous system and preventative, whole-body wellness, visit TRUCHIRO.org. Put your zip code into our database and find a TRUCHIRO near you.
The nervous system is the most important system in the body because it controls and regulates every system in your body. It does this by allowing your brain to send specific messages to every cell, tissue, organ, muscle and joint in your entire body. When this communication becomes interfered your body will not function as it should and left untreated will lead to symptoms and disease. TRUCHIROs locate and correct these interferences allowing your brain to communicate properly so your body can heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. For more information about TRUCHIROPRACTIC or where you can find a TRUCHIRO please visit us at www.truchiro.org
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