The fact is subtle, almost overstated when mentioned, but recalling that the ONLY access to your brain is through your spinal column clearly reflects the importance of keeping your spine in good physical health.
Good physical health is brought about with proper mechanics. Why are mechanics of such paramount importance? Moving parts, viz., twenty-four vertebrae, two pelvic bones, a sacrum and the back of your skull. Remember, the brain and spinal cord are of such importance they are the ONLY structures that are completely protected with solid bone.
If your spinal cord were found in a hollow tube with holes on the side through which the spinal nerves came out, there would be no thought of mechanics. However, that, in God’s wisdom, is impractical. So He made us with individual bones that move and relate to one another.
Here is what we have—a delicate structure, susceptible to trauma, encased in bone. However, the bones move. So what? The ability to articulate or move has a built-in maintenance or functional task.
It would be kind of silly to purchase a new car and then keep it in the garage, never driving it, fearful that it will get dented in a parking lot or the tires will wear out or the carpet will become soiled, or it may breakdown thereby stranding you. Automobiles are made for travel, moving from one place to another, that is their function. Knowing that we will have to maintain them comes only natural. And then, the more we drive them wear and tear comes into play. There are all of those moving parts, doing their job, but because they move, they require maintenance.
Now let us consider the spine. We don’t have to worry about the skull; nothing moving up there! The spine, however, has survived some pretty awful falls, strains, rotten mattresses, poorly constructed chairs, jumps, overhead work, sledding accidents, being thrown from the horse, automobile accidents, and all that yard work. Your spine has absorbed everything that has ever happened to you or done by you. It has always done the job it was made to do, protect the spinal cord, and provide motion.
In the case of Christopher Reeve, his 2nd cervical vertebra was crushed into his spinal cord. His trauma was very evident.
Most of the time we may not even know exactly when our spine was injured. The vast majority of traumas that occur to the spine are subtle. However, traumas accumulate. Could the next “uneventful” slip, fall, strain, accident have devastating, permanent effects?
P.R. Croft, M.D. in 1998, conducted a study of back injury. He concluded, “A previous episode of low back pain is the strongest risk factor for a new episode”. Traumas do accumulate! G. Waddell, M.D. in 1998 stated, “Excess or repetitive mechanical forces causes tissue damage which results in pain, discomfort, and swelling. This leads to avoiding activity out of fear and loss of motion, muscle spasm and weakness. These changes result in decreased activity, immobilization and disuse, which lead to loss of function, joint stiffness, decreased range of motion and tissue scarring. All of these changes lead to chronic, painful musculoskeletal dysfunction and increased risk of re-injury and chronic problems.” (Bold type is mine). So not only do traumas accumulate; they start a downward spiral of bad things we do not even want to think about happening to us.
*Well then, what do we do?
*We keep maintaining our spines to as close of tolerances as we can.
*We make sure that all vertebrae and hip joints are moving smoothly, enjoying the full range of motion.
*We remember that the ONLY way a joint takes in nutrition and gets rid of cellular waste is movement.
We cannot check our own spines. Just like you, I have to go to a Chiropractor. If you knew what I knew about the spine you would ALWAYS have your spine checked, regularly. You would protect your spine. You would exercise spinal muscles.
Remember that the only access to your brain is through the spinal column. Respect that knowledge and do everything you can to preserve and protect your spine and nervous system. Make regular appointments, symptoms or no symptoms, to get adjusted and make sure your spine is in proper alignment and moving.
If you aren’t currently doing all of this, start today. Re-establish the value of your health and the power of the Chiropractic adjustment to keep your spine fully functional. Keep one thing in mind, the spine you have is the only spine you will ever have.