Upper cervical care is preventative health care

Spinal flexibility and self healing ability

It is no secret: we want to get healthy and stay healthy.

Whether we are talking about the growth of the diet industry or the popularity of organic foods, people have health on their minds. And why not? Health care costs are rising, many Americans live with little or no health insurance, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, here is a tip to make that ounce of prevention more worthwhile: do not forget about the importance of spinal alignment and flexibility to your body’s self-healing ability. And that means don’t forget about upper cervical care  when it comes to your health.

Believe it or not, your body has a natural self-healing ability.

In scientific terms it is called homeostasis. The maintenance of your core body temperature and the closing of wounds are done courtesy of your body’s self-healing mechanisms. You are engineered to be in balance and stay that way, often doing awesome and complex tasks, like growing 25 million new cells every single second, without even realizing it. Upset this tightly controlled balance long enough and the body loses control in one system or another; the start of disease.

We naturally understand the connection between self-healing and diet.

We are told what foods to avoid, what foods to enjoy, and the how what we eat now can affect our health later. We also understand the connection between self-healing and exercise. We know that a life without the proper motion and nutrition can lead to a lack of balance, and ultimately poor health. But did you know the same could be said for the spine?

It is a law of the body that what we do not use we lose.

If a muscle is not worked, it shrinks. Likewise, joints are made for motion. Joints that are not moving are joints that are breaking down, and there is no place with a more complex interaction of bone than in the human spine. 24 bones, plus the tail-bone and the skull, with hundreds of joints and ligaments, and complex muscle groups. When these joints lose their flexibility and proper alignment, then the spine is not as healthy as it should be. And that has consequences for your overall health.

A spine in alignment and full flexibility is a healthy spine.

Conditions like low back pain, neck pain, and headaches, are a major reason that Americans miss work and give up physical activity. A balanced spine is foundational to good health–for the spine and the body which depends on it. In fact, in important animal research by chiropractic scientists, it has been shown that fixed spinal bones can lead to a persistent loss of motion and misalignment in that area of the spine, and that this loss of motion affects the health of the joint and even the nervous system cells in the area.

Which brings us to the critical reason why healthy spines are important.

Flexible spines with good alignment keep the back healthy, but they also encourage whole body health.

Protected and housed within in your spine is your spinal cord, the first thing that develops in the womb. Your spinal cord is part of the central nervous system; it is the extension of your brain into your body. The nervous system is the crowning achievement of your body, and, according to Gray’s Anatomy, has a hand in directing the function of every internal organs, from your lungs, to your stomach, to your kidneys. Poor spinal structure can negatively effect nervous system function and reduce your self-healing ability.

It is the upper cervical doctors job to care for the health of the spine and in doing so, care for the health of the nervous system.

Upper cervical chiropractic is as a drug-free, hands-on approach to spinal health, and because of the importance of the spine to whole body function, that makes chiropractic a logical part of natural health and wellness. To quote a study from the American Geriatric Society, “Older men and women with hyperkyphotic [poor] posture have higher mortality rates.”

Like controlling your waist line, and exercising your heart, keeping your spinal alignment and flexibility is an ounce of prevention that is worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining your self-healing ability. Make upper cervical care a part of your natural health care program.

This article copyright 2009, The Amazing Human Machine, LLC.

Written by Dr. Ward

Father. Foodie. And dedicated upper cervical chiropractor. Find me practicing gentle upper cervical care in Oakland County, Michigan. Have a question or comment? I'm at your service. Reach me at my Auburn Hills chiropractic practice: (248) 598-4002. Or on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.

One Response to Upper cervical care is preventative health care
  1. Adam
    May 10, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    I agree with most of what you’ve got to say here, and I appreciate that finally someone in the healthcare field is using the term ‘prevention’ correctly. I keep seeing commercials about getting a colonoscopy or pap smear or breast exam to prevent these things, but what about any of these things PREVENTS actually getting the cancer? Nothing! It’s early detection, not prevention. I’m not saying that they’re not useful or prudent things to do, but I expect a health profession to know the difference between early-detection and prevention. And I would say that keeping your nerve system healthy now so you don’t get a disease later is correct use of the term prevention.