Meeting Dr. Chris and his staff at Square One has been a wonderful experience. Chronic back pain was a way of life that I had come accustomed to. I thought that growing older was a life of back pain, neck pain, and other creaks!! Once I started with Dr. Chris I was able to wake up refreshed and with no aches and pains. My digestion has improved and my sleeping has improved. My stressful work days are now not so bad when I take time to stretch and do the exercises. My overall health is much better with chiropractic care, supplements and exercise. - Janelle
Poor Posture: Unfortunately, many of us live a lifestyle that leads directly to neck and back pain. We sit at desks for hours at a time, slumping in chairs, squinting at computer screens and hunching over smart phones. These unnatural postures take their toll, causing subluxations, strains, sprains, spasms and inflammation. That’s because your neck muscles have to work 10 times harder for every inch your head moves forward out of alignment. In normal posture the anterior portion of the ear will be in alignment with the shoulder. As one hunches over and forward head posture sites a loss of the normal cervical curve follows. Most upper back and mid-back pain are a result of forward head posture.
Spinal Trauma: Traumatic injuries such as whiplash or sports related compression injuries can also damage your neck and back. Both eventually lead to the same basic problems: gradual degeneration and a loss of curvature in your cervical spine. Called the cervical lordosis, this curve is essential to the health and balance of your spine, skull and neck muscles. If misalignment goes uncorrected for prolonged periods, scar tissue can begin to build up, further limiting mobility and narrowing joint space. A loss of the normal cervical curve leads to an imbalance in the normal gravitational forces that are normally evenly distributed throughout the vertebra, resulting in some areas have more stress than others. The areas with an increase in stress eventually “wear out” in what is commonly known as degeneration.
Degeneration: Degenerative Joint Disease is caused by both immobility and spinal imbalances. The joint capsules and the soft tissues surrounding the joints require motion for normal joint health. The spinal disc are about 88% water and have no blood supply so they require motion to stay hydrated. A lack of joint mobility leads to disc dehydration, degeneration, scare tissue formation, bones spurs and muscle splinting. A lack of mobility also signals receptors called nociceptors to fire pain and stress signals call nociception (or pain signals). When these signals reach the cortex of the brain you detect pain. On the other hand when your joints move properly you fire off signals called proprioception which acts to decrease pain and stress signals.
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