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The Backbone of Health: Why choose Chiropractic care?

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Dr. Brett H. Baird

Why choose Chiropractic care? Well, how many of us as children were dropped on our heads, in a bike accident or fell out of a tree? How many of us sit at a desk all day at work or go home after work and sit in front of the TV all night? Do you sit with poor posture while texting on our cell phones? Are you a stomach sleeper? Have you been in a car accident? Well, let’s start with some basic anatomy. The human spinal column is made of 24 movable bones. There are 7 in the neck (cervical spine), 12 in the mid back (thoracic spine) and 5 in the lower back (lumbar spine). The most important job this moving column of bones has is to protect the master system of the body, the nervous system. The brain runs a cord through a canal in the spinal column and branches off to every part of the body. The nervous system controls everything that happens in our bodies. This spinal column is also the foundation of our body as it supports the head and attaches the shoulders and hips. Our neck and back is often neglected or forgot about until it hurts. Statistics show that 8 out of 10 people will experience neck or back pain at some point in our lives. If the normal alignment and overall position of the spine has been changed as a result of physical stresses as well as chemical and mental stress, many problems will occur. If vertebrae move or shift into positions they don’t belong the nervous system will be affected and its function interfered. This can create pain, numbness or malfunction of the part being supplied by the nerves affected. Therefore, spinal alignment and position must be maintained. One key to a long healthy life is a healthy spine. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat the spine conservatively and routine visits should be a part of everyone’s healthy lifestyle habits.