Must Crawl Before You Can Walk!
- The pictures of the spines mentioned below will
be forthcoming soon! I thank you for your patience!
following pictures illustrate different spinal
postures of the adult spine, ranging from ideal
spinal posture to an abnormal, unhealthy spinal
posture. At birth, an infants spine has
only one major curvature, similar to a C
curve, due to being in the womb for the duration
of the pregnancy. The neck and low back curves
develop prior to walking. The baby will begin
to develop these curves when crawling begins.
The neck curve develops by the baby constantly
holding his/her head up during crawling. The low
back curve develops in a similar fashion, assisted
by gravity pulling downward on the babys
belly when the baby is repeatedly in the act of
black line shown above illustrates the C
curve in a fetal spine
first spinal picture (shown below) represents
a model of a human spine with near perfect curvatures.
The majority of Americans have spines with abnormal
curvatures, and this may help to explain why 80%
of Americans will suffer from low back pain at
some point in their lifetime. Interestingly enough,
people who do have near perfect curvatures are
most likely following some form of preventative
care to maintain the health. inte2ritv. and curvature
of their spines. Chiropractic care is one of the
best choices you can make in maintaining the health
and curvatures of your spine.
second spinal picture (shown below) represents
a model of a spine, which has lost curvature in
the neck, mid-back, and low back regions. Although
some curvature still exists in these areas, spinal
degeneration will most likely set in if action
is not taken to improve the spinal curvatures.
Secondly, the spinal discs, which act as small
shock absorbers, will be subject to
abnormal loads and can begin to degenerate, causing
possible future problems to surface, such as irritation
to the spinal nerves - this can lead to pain,
numbness. tingling, and possible loss of sensation
in certain body parts. At this point, Chiropractic
care and spinal postural exercises can be very
effective in preventing further loss of curvatures,
as well as helping to improve the existing curvatures.
third spinal picture (shown below) represents
a spine that has lost nearly all of its curvatures.
At this point, degeneration is almost guaranteed
to set in, because abnormal spinal curvatures
lead to abnormal function of the spinal column.
A person with these spinal curvatures is usually
past the age of 50 years, and has abused their
spine and posture for many years. Spinal degeneration,
bone spurs, disc degeneration, and many symptoms
such as pain, stiffness and loss of spinal range
of motion are very commonly seen in people who
have spinal curvatures similar to this. At this
end stage, even though it is more challenging,
quality Chiropractic care can help to prevent
further loss of curvature and spinal degeneration,
and may also be able to actually improve the curvatures
that have been lost over the years.
you know what your spine looks like? Without taking
pictures of the spine, it is difficult to know.
Schedule an appointment today to begin taking
care of your spine the right way. Remember that
you get only one spine per lifetime - choose to
take care of it!