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Like Your Spine
By Brian G Blower, DC
Sep 14, 2012 - 11:28:07 AM

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This picture is an interesting look at the triad of supporting structures our vertebral column mimics.  In our spine we mostly have two facets and one disc at each motor unit, a triad. 

Suppose one or more of the small pebbles in this picture are softened or moved off line even very slightly; now we have failure to stack. 

Subluxation reflects stresses upon the joint structures and leads to an ensuing precarious inability to move that motor unit further through its normal range of motion (ROM).   When a spine is subluxated, weight transfer and load bearing on and around the joint and disc area are compromised.

We are mostly water and our nervous system constantly monitors loading of the skeletal structures and stabilizes them by either building up or downloading pressures within the disk and the joint capsules as needed; it does this constant adaptation through the work of muscles.  Muscles do their work with levers and fulcrums altering body parts into working loadable positions within the constant gravitational field.  When all of the parts work we are in a state of health and then and only then do we get to "ride high" on the turgid strength of the hardened pressurized disc and joint capsules. 

The vertebral motor units, one vertebrae upon another with the disc in between and two joints in behind forming a triad, "pump" up as do all of the fluid sacs around most joints.  They do this pumping in order to help us stack bony mobilized structures, particularly the spine when under load.  Fluid dynamics within any joint capsule or disc alter mostly only with movement of the bones.  In subluxation dyskinesis there is loss of full ROM making the pump actions alter.  Failure to equalize and share the pressure over the entire surface of the joint or the disc compromises the work load capacity of that particular articulation.  Then through altered neurological, vascular, lymphatic and structural component functions we fail to do work going off kilter and become unable to maintain stacking integrity particularly under a load.. 

When muscles fail to comply with the nervous systems wants and needs they fail to provide their unique contributions which help equally pressurize the joints and discs.  The ensuing inability of the pressures to equalize fail to stack the structures which leads to a plethora of symptoms as the parts begin to bind and stress.  Most of the symptoms we encounter reflect subluxation dyskinesis and the concomitant failing of the pumps of the discs and joints.

About the author: Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for over 40 years practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on Grand Bahama Island for the past 15 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is a founding member of the Bahamas Association of Chiropractic. He has treated many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine.  He can be reached at 242-351-5424.  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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