A recent study from the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association sheds some light on how chiropractors help arthritis. In this particular study, researchers inserted metal rods into the spines of rats to restrict and prevent specific movement of the bones in their spine. What do you think the results were? ￼
Immobility of the spine almost immediately began producing significant decay and degeneration. Surfaces of the bone and discs showed degeneration after just one to four weeks of decreased movement in the spine. The most important finding of this research showed that irreversible degeneration resulted if movement was not restored within the first one-to-four-week time frame!
What Does This Mean?
As we age, or after injuries, or because of poor posture, we humans are subject to early degeneration if the bones in our spine are not moving properly. To help prevent these degenerative changes from happening in the spine it is imperative to keep your spine aligned and moving. Chiropractors detect and correct misaligned or poorly moving vertebrae and adjust them to restore proper order and function in the spine. Adjustments reverse and prevent the deterioration of discs, joints and bones. This is important because as our spine wears out or becomes weaker, there is a correlation with a deterioration of overall health and function of the body!
Safe and effective chiropractic care benefits all ages! Research will continue to prove the necessity of chiropractic care for the purpose of staying healthy and mobile for as long as possible.
Dr. Steven Bourdage DC