The #1 Cause Of Disability in the U.S.A. is . . .
Did you know that the #1 cause of disability in America is spinal arthritis?
Check out these statistics:
37% of 20 year olds have degenerative disc disease (a.k.a.: spinal arthritis).
85% of 50 year olds have degenerative disc disease.
96% of 80 year olds have degenerative disc disease.
Wanna know what causes spinal arthritis or degenerative disc disease?
1. Loss of the normal curves in the neck and low back. When the neck loses it’s curve, the head moves forward of it’s ideal weight bearing position and increases the stress on the neck an upper back. Over time, this chronic stress creates an overload that causes arthritis to form.
2. Loss of normal movement patterns between each of the 24 bones in the spine causes arthritis to form. Science tells us that a joint that loses normal motion will begin to create arthritis in as little as 10-14 days. Much of the damage that is produced is permanent.
3. Weak muscles in the spine. Your muscles provide stability for the joints in your back and neck. If you have weak muscles, they are not able to provide adequate stability to your joints which allows something simple like bending over to tie your shoe to cause enough pain to drive you to your chiropractor.
The good news is that you can have a healthy spine by creating 4 habits:
1. Drink enough water. Spinal joints get their nutrition from a watery like substance called synovial fluid. If you don’t drink enough water, the synovial fluid can dry up and cause the joint to break down. Drink at least ½ your body weight in ounces.
2. Get plenty of walking. Generally speaking, walking is good or your spine as it creates motion in the spinal joints and strengthens the muscles that support the spine and sitting is bad for your spine (for the opposite reasons).
3. Perform spinal mobility exercises daily. There is a saying in the physical medicine world, “motion is lotion.” If you come to me for care, I probably gave you some simple exercises to do. Do them. They are magical. If you don’t have them, let me know, I will get them to you.
4. Get your spine adjusted regularly. If an individual joint in your spine gets stuck, a specific chiropractic adjustment is really the only solution. Since we all sit and poor postural habits, we are constantly creating spinal dysfunction. You don’t have to be in pain to benefit from chiropractic care. In fact, you will probably benefit more if you are NOT in pain.
The reality is that if you do nothing to maintain the health and function of your spine, you will most likely end up with spinal arthritis much earlier in life and to a more severe degree than if you do something about it now.
If it’s been more than a month since you have seen your chiropractor, make an appointment. If you have an appointment . . . KEEP IT!
If you have a friend that you would like to see NOT become disabled . . . what do you think you should do to help them?