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The Backbone of Chiropractic Care
One of the backbones of chiropractic care is literally the backbone.
Chiropractors often recognize the importance and significance of ones spine.
We believe that a healthy spine will eventually lead to an entirely healthy you.
However, we recognize that not everyone has the same amount of appreciation for a healthy backbone as we do.
That is why we at Arrowhead Clinic Wilmington Island have prepared this small blog post to give you just a brief exposure why we believe the spine to be one of the most important structures found inside the human body.
Why We Can't Go Cordless
The actual physical building is not what is valuable about a bank. It’s all the money that it is protecting on the inside.
The spine is very much the same way.
The spine is merely protecting something very precious, the spinal cord.
The spinal cord is an all important highway of information that makes human life possible.
All movement originates in the brain.
The brain processes stimulus that the body gives it, and determines the best course of action in response.
From there, the brain has to communicate to the rest of the body what needs to happen.
It does this through the nervous system.
The nervous system is a body wide web of nerves that are linked to the brain that make movement possible.
However, the brain has to use the appropriate channel to communicate with all the various parts within the human body.
That is where the spinal cord comes in.
The spinal cord is how the brain communicates with everything in the body, and in turn how everything else connects to the brain.
It is invaluable for human life, and that is why it deserves so much care and so much attention.
The spinal cord is very important, but regrettably it is also very fragile.
That is why it so desperately needs protection.
The spine is composed of 24 vertebrae that line along the spinal cord.
The vertebrae are small stackable bones that composes the spine.
The spine is an incredibly strong structure that can withstand intense amounts of pressure.
This goes a long way in preventing sudden injury from affecting the spinal cord.
However, the spine does not merely protect against injury but of a far more insidious stimulus.
The spine also protects the spinal cord from simple wear and tear.
People perform activities on a daily basis that over time can add tremendous strain to the spinal cord.
These actions can be as seemingly harmless as sleeping on ones side, sitting for an extended period of time, or even simple repetitive motions.
The spine also supports the ribcage.
All the ribs in the body connect to the spine.
This provides pivotal protection to the heart, lungs, and various other vital organs that are necessary for life.
It is safe to say if you had to boil down all the functions of the skeletal spine into one word, it would be protector.
Friend and Foe
However, as necessary as the skeletal spine is for every creature with a vertebrae, it occasionally can be its own worst enemy.
The spine is only helpful if the spinal cord is healthy.
The spine itself can occasionally be harmful to the spinal cord itself.
The spinal cord is only useful if it is able to communicate to the rest of the body effectively.
A thought behind chiropractic spinal care is that if the body is able to communicate efficiently then it will be able to heal itself efficiently.
However, it is occasionally the spine that impedes this effective communication.
That is where chiropractic care enters the picture.
One of the more common procedures that chiropractors perform is a spinal alignment.
This is the direct manipulation of the spine in order to promote optimum spinal health.
A health spiney, is a healthy you.
The spinal cord is what is responsible for the ability to carry out all actions that make life worth living.
Taking a walk through the park on a beautiful autumn day, hugging your children, even making a cup of coffee in the morning.
None of these things would be possible without a properly functioning spinal cord.
That is why chiropractic care is so important.
It is what keeps you doing all the things that make up you.
If you have any concerns regarding your spinal cord or overall physical health, please do not hesitate to pay us a visit at Arrowhead Clinic Wilmington Island.
We will work with you to determine what your body needs to continue being able to do what you love.