The complexity of your spine explained
Your spine consists of bones called the vertebrae, forming a set of curves called the column that houses the spinal canal. This cavity protects the spinal cord, a bundle of nerve fibers which connect almost every part of your body with your brain, forming the central nervous system. Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc that provides for shock absorption and articulation between the bones, as well as ligaments which provide an additional layer of strength and support. Each spinal motion segment (adjacent vertebrae, disc and ligaments), is responsible for healthy articulation of the spine. With so many interdependent parts, your spine regularly moves in and out of alignment.
These changes in alignment are natural
But they can also be problematic. When the spine is allowed to remain out of alignment for long periods of time, it can become susceptible to dysfunction. This dysfunction manifests itself in many ways and can often be a precursor to spinal degeneration. Therefore, it is very important to keep an eye on the alignment of your spine. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Difference in the length of your legs: a telling sign that there is misalignment in the lumbar spinal joints, or the sacroiliac joints that connect your sacrum and pelvis.
- Restricted range of motion: at any point in the spine, a misalignment can prevent you from achieving full range of motion. This can cause pain or injury from normal movement, as well as contribute to uneven muscle development surrounding the spine.
- Weight distribution: a simple test using two scales helps us determine whether you are carrying more weight on one side of the body versus the other, another sign of misalignment.
- Posture: a static analysis helps us determine postural shortcomings related to spinal misalignment.
Unresolved spinal misalignment leaves you more vulnerable to injury, and may cause you to develop the musculature in your back unevenly.
Specialists in spinal alignment in Ramsey
At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we specialize in the maintenance of your spinal motion segments. We provide you with a full physical exam that seeks to identify problematic points of misalignment in your spine. Using gentle adjustments, we reestablish spinal alignment, helping you to rediscover full range of motion in your spine. Our natural modalities reduce pain, boost circulation and improve comfort to help you live a healthier life. If you are interested in finding out more about chiropractic’s role in spinal alignment, give our office in Ramsey a call to schedule an appointment today.