What is the single most common cause of joint degeneration in the spine? Many people will automatically reply “old age”. But the truth is, joint degeneration starts way before that.
Remember these three basic concepts!
- In spinal columns, MOTION IS FUNCTION.
- LACK OF MOTION is DYSFUNCTION.
- FROZEN SPINAL JOINTS CAUSE ARTHRITIS to occur.
Loss of vertebral motion is the precedent to all arthritic changes. Loss of motion is first caused by injury, which then IS TREATED by the body- that is, the prime concept of SOFT TISSUE REPAIR. “The body heals all soft tissue injury like magic- you don’t have to take any medications or have surgery for the body to heal soft tissue.”
The joint of motion that may have been sprained or strained will heal, but first the body tries to immobilize the injury- by swelling or muscle spasm. The splinting action remains for 2 to 3 weeks. This action over time FREEZES the joint. Then, and only then, can soft tissues heal the most rapidly. Then the pain goes away and you think the problem is gone!
Unfortunately, not so. That lack of motion is leaving its mark. The joint is now frozen in a near neutral position. Then a few months or years goes by and an event happens. This event is called a “torque event”. Your back “goes out”. It may be from something as simple as bending over the sink to brush your teeth or picking up a tissue.
What has happened: that frozen joint has shifted into a new frozen position… this time onto the nerve… and what is the result… PAIN, and plenty of it. The nerve root is pinched and the intervertebral disc is wedged.
So, when you are hurting, understand that your condition did not develop all of a sudden. It happened over time. And just because the pain goes away (temporarily), it doesn’t mean that its gone for good.
Do not ignore your body’s messages to you. Get checked and treated for your condition before it becomes recurrent and more serious.
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