What's a "Pop" Got To Do
With Preventing Spinal Decay
Many times, with a patient next to the x-ray view-box, we hear the astonished
exclamation, "How could I have that much bone decay in my spine?" "I eat right
and I've exercised regularly for years! How could this have happened?." How
it happened is called the vertebral subluxation complex.
PLEASE READ THIS: You can eat the best diet in the world, you can exercise
regularly, but unless each spinal segment has healthy, proper joint play, you
can still have locked spinal segments that won't allow movement between the
two vertebrae (spinal bones). This loss of joint movement, one component
of the vertebral subluxation, if left uncorrected, will allow decay to begin.
We all know the old saying, "What you don't use, you lose." Well, it's true.
Try putting an arm in a sling for a few weeks. Watch the muscle size shrink.
Similarly, if spinal bone segments cannot move because they are stuck out of
proper alignment, they begin to slowly and surely undergo decay and degeneration.
And, frequently, there is a great deal of pain involved.
ONE IMPORTANT POINT: Don't think that just because you have your back
"popped" by somebody your spine will be in great shape. You can teach a child
to walk up and down your back and make it "pop." Often, what you're really hearing
is only the movement of the inflamed joints above and below the locked, misaligned
vertebrae. The joints above and below are generally very hyper mobile, or "loose."
That's because they have been forced to move too much to make up for the spinal
segments that are locked. There is a huge difference between popping noises
and chiropractic adjustments. You can "pop" you knuckles, but you haven't necessarily
corrected any health problems.
That is why it is so important to have each individual spinal segment examined
by a doctor of chiropractic who can discover if there is a misalignment present
that is interfering with the nerve energy flow from the brain. If this condition
is found, the chiropractor is then able to deliver a controlled, specific thrust,
or adjustment, to the locked misaligned joints, and restore motion, relieve
pain, and allow healthy function to return. So, to answer our original question,
a "pop" has little, if anything, to do with spinal decay. But chiropractic has
much to do with preventing spinal bone decay and degeneration. Find out what
chiropractic has to do with preventing possible decay to your spine.