“Since I began treatment, I can now walk without pain. I cannot begin to tell you how flexible my body feels – no more stiffness. I no longer take pain killers. I was relieved of all the pain that I was feeling.
My body has improved tremendously.”
Jasvir D., Evolve Patient, on how wellness chiropractic helped in easing her chronic joint pain
The gradual “wear and tear” of the spine’s discs, joints and bones can result in degenerative changes to the spine, leading to arthritis.
Overtime, your body adapts to untreated spinal trauma by depositing calcium into the affected joints. The body then attempts to “repair” the malfunctioning spinal joint by fusing these two segments together. This slow, relentless process is known as degeneration (arthritis).
Unfortunately, this degenerative process worsens with time. If neglected, this condition quietly progresses and often times without obvious symptoms. What can end up happening is that tendons and ligaments holding the joint together become weaker. In turn, the joint itself may become deformed, painful and stiff. Arthritis sets in when the joint reaches the stage where it is painful and inflamed.
Causes of spinal degeneration
- Spinal misalignments hinder mobility and when left uncorrected, lead to degeneration overtime
- Untreated joints which have been injured or subjected to unusual stress (car accident, heavy manual job or sporting career) are susceptible to degeneration
- Obesity and poor nutrition habits can leave joints vulnerable to early degeneration
Take Preventative Measures
The best way to combat spinal degeneration is to prevent it from occurring in the first place!
It is crucial to understand that you can still get spinal degeneration without experiencing pain. In the early stages, degeneration can appear symptom-free and you can go for years without noticing obvious pains while your body undergoes gradual degenerative changes.
It is key to ensure the optimal health of your spine to prevent spinal degeneration on a regular basis, even when pain and symptoms aren’t present.
Chiropractic for Spinal Degeneration
Routine chiropractic care is an ideal preventative measure for spinal degeneration occurrence, and result arthritis.
Chiropractic adjustments will keep your joints mobile and free your nerves of impairment, reducing pain and stiffness. This can help to slow further “wear and tear” and prevent spinal degeneration.
While degenerative changes in joints cannot normally be reversed, regular chiropractic care can help to prevent the healthy spinal joints from going down the same path and further deteriorating. Degenerative changes only make the spinal column more susceptible to damage, so addressing them is integral to your overall spinal and nervous system function.
Additionally, your chiropractor will be able to advise you on active care strategies and techniques to use outside of adjustments. Counsel on appropriate nutrition, correct posture and specific exercises will all contribute to preventing and slowing spinal degeneration down the road.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve movement and reduce the stresses that may cause pain in the future. When you combine chiropractic care with a wellness lifestyle, your older years will be much more enjoyable and free of life-altering degeneration.
Wellness Media. Spinal Degeneration: Protecting Your Spine with Chiropractic Care [pamphlet]. Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia: Wellness Media Resources.