Eat – Sleep – Chronic Back Pain – Repeat
Nearly 65 million Americans report a recent episode of chronic back pain. Some 16 million adults experience persistent or chronic back pain, and as a result, are limited in certain everyday activities. https://hpi.georgetown.edu
20% of people affected by acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms at one year. Even if pain persists it does not always mean there is a medically serious underlying cause or one that can be easily identified and treated. https://www.ninds.nih.gov
How does adjusting the top bone of your spine, the atlas bone, help with chronic low back pain? Remember sitting in science class and learning about the brain? Learning about how different parts of your brain control different parts of your body? The cerebellum is located at the back of your brain. Its function is to coordinate voluntary muscle movements and to maintain posture, balance, and equilibrium. Cerebellar peduncles connect the cerebellum to the brain stem. The peduncle is a nerve tract that permits communication between the cerebellum and the other parts of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The inferior peduncles bring sensory information about the actual position of body parts such as limbs and joints. The motor tracts of your spinal cord direct your body’s voluntary muscle movements.
When our bodies experience trauma from an auto accident, fall, or sporting injury, they are intelligent enough to try to fix themselves. For example, if you sprain your right ankle, your body is going to shift its weight to the left side. All the muscles will then contract to the left side, so you may see a left head tilt, high left shoulder, high left hip, and a left short leg. Your body is compensating on the left for something that happened on the right, which means all the muscles along your spinal column will be pulling on your left side and causing low back pain. Getting your atlas corrected works like a domino effect down your spine. All the muscles that were pulling on the left side can now relax and your body returns to normal posture by correcting your spinal alignment.
Remember that your head weighs between 8-14 pounds. Think of it like a bowling ball on top of your spine, and your neck/body as the balancing act always trying to keep it over your spine and on top of your shoulders. As your body compensates to keep your head straight, misalignment will occur throughout your spine.
Besides pain in your back, other symptoms and conditions related to pressure on your lumbar nerves being “pinched” can be prostate issues, reproductive issues, bowel, and digestive problems, or bladder problems. Get your atlas checked to help with back pain and other related issues!
Saving lives one spine at a time!