Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Do You Know Normal?

It as been said that in order to recognize “abnormal,” you must first be aware of what’s "normal".  How do you know if you have a fever?  How do you know if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor eyesight?  You know what’s abnormal only because you know what’s normal.

Many things in life have life have "normals".  Your car, for instance, has warning indicator lights that are meant to light up when things with your car are "abnormal".   Oil, engine, temperature, and now even tire pressure lights tell you when things with your car are not right ("abnormal").   These warning indicators are  secondary to a primary condition (low engine oil, low coolant in radiator, and low air in tire).

When it comes to the human body, our warning indicators are a number of secondary conditions (aka symptoms).  Many times the cause to these secondary conditions is a more serious primary condition such as abnormal structural alignment of the spine.  When the spine shifts into abnormal structural alignment, there is increased stress on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal discs, and nerves. 

For example, the human head conservatively weighs on average 10lbs.  For every inch it shifts forward from the shoulders you can add 10 more pounds to the head.  I commonly see patients whose heads are abnormally 2-3 inches forward.  That means there head is at least 30-40lbs!  Do you think this would cause neck pain or headaches?  Yes and Yes!  There many more secondary conditions that an anterior head can present with, but that is for another blog. My point is that this increased physical stress can only be resolved by correcting the primary condition (abnormal structural alignment of the spine).   As a Structural Correction chiropractic office, that's what I focus on and the results are amazing.

Below are a small handful of secondary conditions that can common when there is a structural problem with the spine.

• Neck & Back Pain                       • Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Pain
• Sciatica & Hip pain                     • Degenerative Disc Disease
• Numbness & Tingling                 • Decreased Range of Motion
• Headaches (Including Migraine)   • Poor Posture
• Pinched Nerve ( N.I.S.)                 • Muscular Imbalance
• Herniated Disc                           • Dizziness/Vertigo
• Canal Stenosis                            • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Got Structure?

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