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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms
Spine & Disc Degeneration
Your spinal bones begin to deform; your discs swell, then shrink; your ligaments, tendons and muscles begin to harden and weaken; and your entire spinal column loses its balance, flexibility, stability and strength. What is happening? Your spine is degenerating.
Spinal degeneration is often caused by long-standing stress. Along with the bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles, your nerves, body chemistry and internal organs can also be affected. Spinal degeneration leads to less overall ability to adapt to the pressures of life; you lose the spring to your step, and the youth in your being. You also lose your height.
What Causes Spinal Degeneration?
Spinal degeneration is usually caused by years of longstanding vertebral subluxations in your spine. What are vertebral subluxations?
Day-to-day stress can cause your spine’s many complex parts (intervertebral discs, ligaments, tendons and the very bone itself) to deteriorate. Stress often causes the spinal vertebrae to shift from their proper places, or become misaligned and irritate the surrounding nerves, bones, discs, ligaments and other soft tissues. This serious spinal condition is called a vertebral subluxation complex. Subluxations, often painless, are common; they are a hidden epidemic. Spinal Decay Spinal degeneration is like tooth decay (often a painless process) that by the time a person notices its effects or feels any pain has been going on for many years! The Phases Of Degeneration Your spine degenerates in stages or phases:
You need not sit and passively watch your spine degenerate. Chiropractic can reduce, halt and may even reverse spinal degeneration by improving spinal balance and posture and keeping your joints, nerves and discs healthy and strong throughout your Lifetime.
The restoration of motion to a previously [fixated] joint leads to a restoration of normal joint function and physiology.
Further, there is increasing evidence that some spinal degeneration may he reversible.
Correction of a vertebral subluxation can not only attenuate and arrest this degenerative process. but can actually allow the condition to reverse itself.