What is Spinal Decay?
How To Get Rid Of Headaches
Are You Headed For Permanent Functional Disability?
Spinal Decay is the breakdown in the normal mechanics of the spine due to a weakening of postural muscles which are designed to keep your structural system in line. If not properly supported, your structural system (bones) will be forced to change its shape to accommodate all of the stress put on your body just by doing daily activities. This change is often called arthritis, and early signs can be found in people as young as 20 years old.
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The first thing we look at is how the head is sitting on the neck. It’s important the head is properly balanced on the neck, otherwise you head is similar to an unsupported bowling ball causing problems to the neck. The curve of the neck also tells us how the muscles are functioning; if the curve is around 40 degrees, the muscles are properly supporting the neck. We also look for a curve in the low-back x-ray. When a proper, 30-degree curve is in place, the back can absorb all of the forces we put on it while doing everything we do through the day.
When the normal mechanics of the spine start to break down, a sense of muscle tightness will develop, as postural muscles become stretched and weakened. The head will typically start moving forward on the body, and the longer lever puts tension and stress in the shoulders, causing tightness and soreness. Headaches can also develop as a result of the muscle tightness and unsupported head. In the low back x-rays, a similar issue can happen. Instead of sharing the workload through the whole lower back, all of the pressure goes straight down to the bottom vertebra. This is why almost every case of lower back pain is right around the beltline. Over time, this pressure will start hurting the ligaments and low-back discs, leading to painful muscle tension and sciatica.
This is when arthritis starts developing, as the bones are changing their shapes due to improper forces. Calcium starts building up on the ligaments, which can permanently decrease the overall strength and mobility of the spine. This is often when nerves start to become irritated, causing pain that moves down the limbs. People usually become stiff when sitting for long periods of time or after waking up. If not corrected quickly, these changes can cause permanent functional disability. This is the most dangerous phase for the low back , as it’s often when a debilitating disc injury can happen. Without the proper stability in the low back, the discs are under extreme pressure. This is when they commonly herniate or bulge. Once an injury like this happens, the treatment times become much longer and occasionally needs surgery to be repaired.
This is the stage of permanent arthritis buildup. Many people in this phase have severe pain on a daily basis. It is critical to get mobility back in the spine in order to avoid surgery. If in this phase long enough, functional disability is almost certain.