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Chiropractic and that Pain in the Neck
By Brian Blower, DC
May 12, 2011 - 10:48:41 AM

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Your neck pain may be of many types and varieties.  Many causes of neck pain are generally overlooked and when untreated then inevitably lead to degeneration of the discs, bones and joints.  Early arthritis and pain often ensues. 

Knowing this and practicing as a chiropractor for many years I was more that just interested the other day by an article in a prestigious Medical Journal which revealed that the degeneration of the spine, particularly of the neck, is strongly associated with osteoporosis at that site as well.   

Osteoporosis, the loss or lack of calcium and bone density is a common finding especially among the north American populations.  There is a direct relationship between osteoporosis and vitamin D3 production which is greatly enhanced through metabolic generators prompted by the skin being irradiated by sunlight.  Vitamin D also promotes healthy arteries, supports blood pressure as well as the immune functions and glucose metabolism. 

All that is of interest but if you have neck pain it is unlikely that just getting more sunlight, supplementation of vitamin D3 or any of the other “plethora’ of treatments out there will slow down or reverse degenerative disc disease of the neck even if you can reverse some of the osteoporosis present. 

The article I mentioned caught my interest because it dealt with something that chiropractors have been saying publicly for over 100 years.  Chiropractors have been extolling the virtues of spinal manipulation particularly exact vertebral adjustments of high velocity but low impact on the “subluxated” or misaligned bones of our human body.  Chiropractic adjustments are done by hand. 

Apparently the article said the degeneration of the bone and disc along with the local osteopenia or reduced calcium at the level of degeneration of the neck is due to the loss or lack of mobility of the pieces making up the human spine.    

For years and years chiropractors have been extolling the necessity to mobilize the subluxations of the human frame.  We as a profession are not alone in our desire to reproduce a healthy and mobile segmented body frame and structure.  Other professions such as medicine and physiotherapists along with the practices of yoga, massage and exercise especially with a trainer, which includes weight lifting, have a desire to improve the range of motion (ROM) of the joints of the body.  If you are stiff you are old. 

However, and I would like this to be perfectly clear to all of you interested in restoring your health, historically it is only the chiropractor that is trained and duty bound to find and then adjust to mobilize and restore the maximum ROM of the bodies joints throughout the human frame especially those of the vertebrae that make up our spine. 

It is now evident that the nervous systems depend upon low resistance to their “flow” in order to inform the brain about what is necessary to nourish its body parts in an ongoing manner.  Furthermore resistance to the flow of the vital signals of nerves throughout our bodies compromises our functions electrochemically as well.  And we are an electrochemical manufacturing plant.  First we breathe then we eat, from the womb to the tomb.  We eat to turn the vitality within our food first into sugar and then into energy and current for the nerves. 

So how does this affect your neck pain?  Well, loss of mobility of the neck bones is both frequent and common.  That jerk to the neck in the car or that strain from painting the living room or that long shopping trip with those heavy bags can all cause a loss of mobility to the boney segments of the neck and upper back with its ribs.  Frequently tossing a set of dumbbells even if they are light in weight may cause a subluxation of the bony joints at many and various joint levels. 

Once present the loss of ROM at that level resists the flow of the nerve signals and the body loses information about how to take care of itself.  Then the loss turns to compromise and the uninformed brain cannot take care of its body parts.  Degeneration ensues and of course the pain from loss of function is what we inevitably feel. 

Drugs will never return the loss of motion to the body parts.  Often neither will the yoga or physiotherapist traction or massage or any other attempt will get deep enough to rout out the loss of segmental movement. 

Thus the chiropractor still stands alone in his vigil of helping mankind by willing his ability to go deep into your body to the bony tissues and with his powerful hands adjust those segments to get them to wake up and become part of the whole again.   

Apparently this also restores the go and flow of the nerves which then nourish the tissues both hard and soft and returns to normal  the functions of the human frame. 

So if your neck is sore and you haven’t attempted to reduce the pain and dysfunction with chiropractic care then I would advise you to quickly get on with it before the degeneration and the subluxations allow you to wither and age prematurely.

About the author: Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for 35 years practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on Grand Bahama Island for the past 10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has treated many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine.  Dr Blower is currently in practice at the Family Wellness Center across from the Rand Hospitcal, Freeport. He can be reached at 242-351-5424 or 242-727-2454.  You can also find Dr. Blower on Facebook HERE

Feel free to contact Dr. Blower with any of your questions or comments at BodyByBlower@yahoo.com


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