I’m often asked how spinal pain can start. Today I’d like to share 3 general aspects of how it begins and progresses.
- Compression. Think about all the sitting we do daily. Plus, all the work we do around our homes, carrying our children, bad posture, work duties, old injuries, weak muscles, inactivity and so much more. All these things combine to put pressure on our spines which leads to nerve aggravation and pain.
- Dysfunction. Have you ever been able to turn your head fully one way but only half as much to the other side? Or tried to bend to tie your shoes and noticed you can only go half as far as you used to be able to? These are examples of your joints not working correctly. This is significant because it leads to the joints getting work down which is a nice way of saying they can become degenerative and arthritic.
- Inflammation. When compression and dysfunction are present the joints do not behave as they should, and inflammation will begin to build within the body. This inflammation is painful and in part a symptom of what is going on with the spine. If the first two are corrected, you will be able to heal properly, and the inflammation will begin to dissipate.
If you’re having the signs I’ve outlined above where should you start? Start by seeing a chiropractor for an evaluation and treatment. Chiropractic adjustments will help re-align your spine which will alleviate the compression, help correct the dysfunction and decrease the inflammatory process.
If you would like to feel and move better, I would be happy to help!