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Strong armour is no substitute for regular maintenance

It’s the first part of your body to develop in the womb and the only part that’s completely encased in bone.

We’re talking about your central nervous system – your brain and spinal cord.

In a matter of a few months, it grows from a pair of cells, to a neural tube, to a fully functioning and complex system protected by its own natural armour.

The armour, of course, is your skull and your vertebrae. The central nervous system needs that protection because it controls and regulates every part of your body. That includes things you don’t voluntarily control, like your heart, liver, and bowel function, as well as things you do, like mustering your muscles to shovel snow or zoom in for a shot on goal.

Your spinal cord is like a fire hose that feeds a network of garden hoses. This network branches out to all points of your body. The “water” travelling through this network is information, in the form of electrical impulses. Information is going both ways, to and from the brain.

But what happens when you step on a garden hose?

The flow of water is restricted. So think about it – what effect is it having on your body if your spinal cord or any of the major nerves that branch from it, are in some way restricted?

Think of each of your vertebrae as a doughnut with a hole in the middle. Your spinal cord runs through these holes. Major nerves branch off at various points through gaps and holes in the sides of the doughnuts.

If your spine is healthy and aligned as nature intended, there’s no problem. But if it isn’t, those holes and gaps may not be lined up anymore. That means your spine and/or major nerves are being compromised in some way by the bone meant to protect it.

This misalignment can occur due to injury, poor posture, and the poor ergonomics of spending too many hours hunched over the computer keyboard, tablet, or phone.

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?

Depending on where this is occurring, if it’s higher up in the neck or further down in your lower back, the range of symptoms includes:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck, back, or lower back
  • Burning pain that spreads to the arms, buttocks, or down into the legs (sciatica)
  • Numbness, cramping, or weakness in the arms, hands, or legs
  • Loss of sensation in the feet
  • Difficulty with hand coordination
  • “Foot drop,” weakness in a foot that causes a limp
  • Loss of sexual ability
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Severe or increasing numbness between the legs, inner thighs, and back of the legs
  • Severe pain and weakness that spreads into one or both legs, making it hard to walk or get out of a chair

We plucked this list from the website of John Hopkins Medicine, one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S., just to illustrate there is no dispute about the connection between these conditions and a compromised spinal cord.

Links to other conditions

But we have seen many anecdotal cases from among our own files that patients can also indirectly suffer more acutely from other conditions, like asthma and colitis. We know there is a connection because there is often a substantial reduction in the severity of these other conditions as a result of spinal correction through
Chiropractic care.

As consumers, we are constantly bombarded with messages about taking better care of our heart health, eating better, and exercising, but what about our spinal health?

Take another look at that list above and think about your health – do you experience any of these symptoms,
even if only to a minor degree?

If you answered yes, it means you have a problem. It may not seem like a big problem and you may only consider it to be a minor annoyance, but the simple fact is, it’s not normal for a healthy person to suffer from any of these symptoms to any degree whatsoever.

A vicious circle

If the cause is related to a misalignment in the spine (subluxation), odds are, it will only worsen with time if corrective action is not taken.

So remember, your spinal cord is armoured up for a reason – its health is critical to the optimal function of your entire body. Isn’t it worth the same care and attention you give to, say, your dental health?

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