What is Spinal Dysfunction and how do I know if I have it?
Have you ever woken up in the morning and things just didn’t feel right? It could be a nagging pain in the neck, a shooting pain from the low back into the leg, a slightly upset stomach or even just feeling overly tired and groggy. Any one of these could be your first clue that something is negatively affecting the body’s nervous system. It may seem a little odd that feeling tired is a byproduct of a suppressed nervous system but the doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic in Plymouth, MN are here to educate people on how this occurs and why it can be a problem.
Our nervous system is a communication network inside our body. It is comprised of the spinal cord that branches into nerve bundles and nerve fibers running from our spine into all of the muscles and organs. Think of the body as a machine, the nervous system is what allows the machine to run or receive instructions from the operator. The operator in this scenario is your brain. It controls every conscious or subconscious command our body needs to function on a daily basis. This means that every time your heart contracts it is because your brain sent a signal through the spine, out the nerve bundle, through the fiber and into the heart, all without you actively thinking to do so. As chiropractors, we believe that the nervous system is the most vital part of the human body in relation to how well the body itself can run or function. It is literally the connection between your big toe and your brain, without it you would not be able to feel, move or learn.
Now that we have a greater understanding of why the nervous system is so important, we can get back to the question of: “What is spinal segmental dysfunction, and why can have it have such a huge negative affect on our lives?” Spinal dysfunction is simple, it is a joint in the spine that is not working properly. We like to think of it as a bone that is out of place, not moving properly, and ultimately hindering that portion of our body from performing the way it should. When this happens our body has to compensate. It does so by tightening the muscles around the joint or bone that is out of place, bracing that affected area so that further damage cannot occur. Now that the joint is stuck and the muscles are becoming weak from bracing, this is going to start causing a problem. The body will start sending more blood flow to the area which is carrying more oxygen, nutrients, and histamine. This ultimately leads to inflammation, not only in the joint but also within the surrounding muscles. When this happens the nerves function becomes compromised, or diminished. Remember how the nervous system is the communication network that keeps all our muscles and organs running? Well, that one segment in our spine that is out of place and not working properly in now negatively affecting how our body’s whole system runs.
Spinal dysfunction can be caused by repetitive movement patterns, sleeping on the wrong surface, trauma, whiplash and bad posture. Don’t let small clues about how your body is working affect your entire life. Slight pain, feeling tired or an upset stomach can all be signs that spinal segmental dysfunction is present. If left unchecked, this could turn into something more dangerous; such as, joint degeneration, arthritis, or chronic debilitating pain.
The doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic specialize in the treatment of spinal dysfunction and will get you out of pain quickly. Call us at (763) 316-5252 or swing by at 5480 Nathan Ln N #102 Plymouth, MN 55442 to see how well your body and nervous system is functioning.