What is it and Is It Worth it?
Over the past few decades, most of us have learned the importance of taking care of our teeth. We’ve been taught to floss, brush, and to go in for regular Dental cleanings and check-ups.
Over the last few years and continuing in its popularity today, it is also becoming mainstream to view our spines… like our teeth! Over the past decade, modern medicine and musculoskeletal research has become significantly more advanced, and recommendation changes are being made accordingly. These recommendation changes are advocated for by both the ACA and ICA (American and International Chiropractic Associations). (Lehman, 2016)
Similar to our teeth, recent research now indicates that stressors can cause premature decay of joints, muscles, discs, and even nervous system tissue! Spinal stress comes in many forms, including but not limited to:
- Bad posture
- Injuries, both old and new
- Slips and falls, and other seemingly “minor” injuries
- Repetitive motion and stress
- Poor posture
These stressors on our spine can be thought of like bacteria in a tooth. In both cases, the joint or tooth is breaking down. These stressors, left unaddressed, may also be responsible for causing stress to show up in other areas of the body or mouth, thereby continuing this negative cycle of deterioration and inflicting other areas of the body or aspects of our health.
Your Doctors at West Chiropractic & Wellness are expertly trained to find spine and joint distress. Your Doctor finds areas of spine and joint distress in a similar fashion that your Dentist would find a cavity. There are varying levels of decay, and depending on the level of decay in the spine or tooth, your Dentist or Chiropractor may recommend different treatment protocols.
Try to imagine if today was the first day that you started brushing your teeth. What would your teeth look like if you didn’t have regular access to a toothbrush, braces, teeth whitening treatments, floss or toothpaste? They would probably not look as good as they do today!
Now, try to imagine what your spine looks like if you’ve never had a spine “cleaning.” Do you know? You may be surprised!
Luckily, with modern advances in musculoskeletal medicine, even if you’ve never received a spinal “check-up” before, it is not too late! No matter if your symptoms range from mild to severe, the pain or discomfort that you are experiencing does not always directly correlate with the level of deterioration present. This is simply another reason why it is important to have your spine checked by a professional!