5 Critical Reasons to Care for your Spine

From spinal degeneration, to the advent of a technological downfall, iPads and the text neck generation, in addition to the myriad of sedentary and work life ergonomic issues, these 5 major complications of the spine are proving disastrous to health;  and they’ve largely been Silent Epidemics, until now.

When it comes to health, your Spine comes first.  Long gone are the days of chasing the #1 dis-ease in America, back and neck pain.  The most common approach to these pains is causing you and your family their health.  Pain is merely a symptom of an underlying condition, so getting rid of the pain by masking it with a drug, injection or frying the nerve so you can’t feel it, simply doesn’t fix the problem.  Perhaps it’s time to address the cause, a damaged, weakened and/or injured spine.

Here are the top 5 reasons you need to have a healthy spine, starting with number five.

5] Headaches and migraines

Medications for headaches and migraines top the charts of the most common drugs, especially considering OTC, over the counter.  The deadly side effects of these drugs haven’t lessened over the years.  With the average person taking 9-14 medications,  your organs are suffering from the toxic burden.  The number one cause of headaches, is cervicogenic origin (that means the cervical spine, or your ‘neck’).  Chronic headaches and migraines have been linked to the loss of healthy spinal structure, most noticeably, the loss of curve in your neck.  Why not take a non-invasive, drug free approach, and actually correct the cause of your headaches in the first place, a damaged spine.  You’ve been suffering long enough.

4] Parkinson’s and Multiple sclerosis

These diseases are rapidly affecting more and more people every year, and the current treatments simply aren’t effective.  A few recent studies examining almost 100 patients found incredible results with correcting spinal structures.  About half of the patients, 40+ had parkinsons, and 40+ had multiple sclerosis.  The only patient that did not get better, also did not get worse.  This was a long term study which followed the patients for at least a year minimum.  Amongst the ‘side effects’ of these non invasive, non pharmaceutical interventions were: loss of cane/wheelchair, loss of tremors, improved gait/ambulatory movement, full recovery to life’s activities and extended activities of daily living (‘hobbies’), reduced or elimination of pharmaceutical medications.  Who wouldn’t want these ‘side effects’.  Did we mention drastic savings in money? Yeah. Talk about a win.

The best neuro-surgeons theorized the mechanisms of recovery due to spinal correction were: improvement of cerebral spinal fluid flow to the brain, seen with dopplar, CT scans/MRIs, improvement in the hemodynamics of the spinal cord and associated vertebral arteries (dopplar), improved brain cognition (see with fMRI), improved electromagnetic and electrical signals (seen with sEMG, EMG).  The drastic effects of a kyphotic curve in the neck (the WRONG curve going the OPPOSITE direction) and its deleterious effects on morbidity, mental/cognitive decline, overall health related quality of life decline, and increased drug usage.

3] iPhones, iPads & Screen Time

The age of technology. With so many benefits of rapid speed of information, knowledge acquisition, and impulsive Amazon Christmas every day,  it’s a wonder we haven’t found a way to genetically engineer our health in a pill!  Well, we’re sort of getting close.  Bigger, better and faster isn’t always best.  In fact, we the amount of time that our children are spending with screen time, we’re starting to see the disastrous side effects.  Worse is the one you’ve probably never heard about.  A true medical diagnosis, ‘text-neck’ or sometimes called ‘tech-neck’.   This is a rapidly growing dis-ease, no joke.

The amount of time kids spend looking down is killing them, literally.   The newly and rapidly developing spinal cord in a child is extremely vulnerable to these time periods.  Add to that ‘kids will be kids’ (falls, accidents and traumas), and it’s no wonder we’ve created another disease.  Juvenile onset kyphosis.  This is the term for when the curve of the neck is completely reversed!  Imagine a hose with fast flowing water, and tremendous power and pressure.  Now, take that hose, and whatever it’s watering, let’s say your organic food garden (one could only hope).  Now, take the hose and kink it completely shut.  That is the equivalent seen on MRI when you compress the spinal cord at the brainstem level.  This is exactly what’s happening with a reversed curvature of the neck!

The Deadly Tech Generation

2] Sports Performance & Scholarships

When it comes to sports, athletes and scholarships,  he/she who has the winning edge, dominates.  It’s no surprise then that the highest paid and most winning teams have spinal corrective Doctors on their team.  The most common physicians are the Chiropractors.  Why?  True athletics and winning teams are not built on reactive care, or waiting until an injury or pain occurs to address an underlying issue. No.  They rely on the highest level, highest quality of performance indicators and assessments.

The most overlooked component of athletics and performance, is the structure of the body, or the ‘axial skeleton’.  From high-school sports, all through college, they focus on knee injuries, wrist ankle and foot traumas, elbows and shoulders, and sometimes a bit of back pain.  However, unless you have a career halting ‘back pain’, over 95% of athletes don’t even recognize their spine is the most important structure to be healthy. In fact, it is the core.  Not your rectus abdomini musculature, or your six pack.  The key to improving performance even in asymptomatic athletic populations, is structurally assessing movement patterns, and the spine.  In fact, the largest studies to date on asymptomatic athletic populations and elite navy seals/military personnel focus on improving reaction times, hand-eye coordinations, balance and proprioception, improved heart rates and heart rate variabilities, improve lung capacity, and the list goes on.

1] Silent Deadly Killers

The first phase of spinal degeneration occurs when the spinal structure becomes damaged, weakened and develops abnormally.  Phase two degeneration occurs when phase one is left un-addressed, and un-checked, resulting in more severe damage to the spine, and even more rapid degeneration.  The problem with spinal damage, disease and degeneration is that it’s largely asymptomatic.  That is of course only if you’re talking about pain, which is the only language of Western Medicine.  It gets worse.

The problem is, pain only makes up about 6-8% of the overall components of a spinal nerve.  This means you can have over 60% disease, damage and cell death, long before an organ, cell or tissue experiences overt symptoms.   Does that mean you can have a damaged spine and ‘not even know it’? You bet.  Which is exactly why a majority of spinal surgeries are performed so late in the stages of spinal degeneration that the patient has severely compromised nerve system issues, and has had them for several decades!  These surgeries have such high failure rates largely because by the time they occur when the patient is in so much pain, they can’t get relief elsewhere Furthermore, phase takes roughly 25 years to occur… until now.  Just over 10% of 9 year olds are now experiencing late phase one degeneration, with signs of phase two.  How is this possible?  See back to number 3 above