Throughout the waking hours of the day, we shrink an average of 2 cm in height; that's nearly an inch! Wow.
So how does your McHenry chiropractor enter this picture?
Well, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic knows the effect of gravity on the human spine and the importance of spinal manipulation to maintain the best posture, motion, and health of your spine. Why is this important?
Because such efforts can counter, or greatly lower, the incidence of disc degeneration
and back pain
in your life.
Let’s discuss the spinal disc so as to understand how chiropractic can help achieve and keep a healthy spine. For starters, the disc consists of two parts, the NUCLEUS PULPOSUS on the inside of the disc and the ANNULUS FIBROSIS which surrounds and contains the nucleus pulposus. The nucleus pulposus is a gel-like material which normally is approximately 80% water
and the annulus fibrosis is a ligament-like structure surrounding the nucleus that controls movement of one vertebra / bone on its adjacent vertebra which allows normal spinal motion.
It is helpful to understand that the two parts of the disc are seamlessly merging into each other and contain electrical charges. Yes, your spine is electric!
The fluid of the disc carries positively and negatively charged ions
which determine the coupled behavior of solid deformation and fluid flow. The human body is reduced by roughly 2 centimeters during the waking phase of the day. This change in height is triggered by mechanical loads stemming from the body weight, which squeezes the interstitial fluid out of the disc, making it lose height. During sleep, this electro-chemical imbalance is reset with the disc’s absorbing fluid back into itself through the process of osmosis. (1)
You can see, then, that the spinal disc is constantly exposed to compressive and absorptive changes. Your McHenry chiropractor can treat you to best ensure proper spinal mechanics to manage this constant, daily mechanical stress on your disc. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic utilizes spinal manipulation
to ensure proper spine motion, nutrition
to supply such requirements of the disc to maintain its health, and advice about proper spinal movements in daily life
to reduce the already excessive stress on your spinal discs.
So just keep in mind that disc degeneration is a risk factor for developing chronic low back pain. (2)
Fortunately, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is your partner to prevent disc degeneration and control
the changes it brings.
Visit OrthoIllinois Chiropractic soon or contact us to make your next appointment. Preventing disc degeneration is a benefit of our McHenry chiropractic care.
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