What to Do About Spine Dysfunctions
Most people are surprised to hear that most of our spine dysfunctions can be corrected with a combination of posture restoration, corrective exercise and strength training.
Think about a suspension bridge or the wheels of your car. Each relies on equal amounts of tension and strength in the cables or vehicle suspension for the entire structure to be supported properly.
If your car's suspension is off, or the cables becomes weak, the tires and cables will be forced to deal with abnormal load and stress.
This may work for a while, but eventually that wheel or bridge will break down and collapse.
The same is true for your spine which, for the purposes of this analogy, is the bridge or center of the wheel with the muscles, ligaments and tendons of your body being the suspension or cables.
All of the muscles that support your spine, namely those that make up the core and buttocks, need to have nearly equal strength, tone and endurance to work together as a unit and effectively support and protect the spine.
If one of those muscle groups isn’t as strong as the rest, the other muscle groups must bear an extra load.
This immediately causes muscle spasms and tightness in healthy muscles now under extra strain which, in turn, causes pain.
This can be very confusing to sufferers because it’s often the uninjured muscles that hurt.
The long term consequences are much worse. After years of this asymmetrical stress and strain, more serious conditions such as disc bulges, disc hernations, bone spurs and more will develop.
I can’t tell you how many patients I see in my clinic who had very strong abs and weak lateral core muscles (those on the side). Often those strong abs caused more load to be put through the spine than if all the core muscles equally weak.
BALANCE IS KEY
The purpose of chiropractic adjustments are to ensure smooth motion and movement of your spinal joints and the purpose of corrective exercise is to rebuild and re-balance the muscles in your core and buttocks while training you to move in healthy ways.
Change comes with commitment and consistency.