Developing Spinal Curves
10/17/08
Published in the Times Standard
 
     Our spine or backbone develops specific curves to handle the weight and stress on our bodies. As a baby in the womb we have the primary curve like a C as viewed from the side. As the baby develops stronger muscles through growth stages like crying and crawling, to standing, spinal curves develop. These curves provide the spine and individual spinal vertebra movement, balance, protection, good posture and shock absorption.  Four curves develop, 2 lordotic curves, an inward or forward curve of the cervical spine and lumbar spine, and 2 kyphotic curves (backward) in the thoracic spine and the sacrum or tailbone. The slope of these curves distributes the weight of the head and body without too much axial load on one vertebra.   
     With injuries to the spine from falls, auto accidents, any sprain- strain, whiplash type trauma or even postural stress, changes in these curves can develop. Spinal subluxations or misalignments occur affecting musculature and damaging supporting ligaments and tendons.
     The lordosis begins to flatten out and 4 stages of degenerative and arthritic changes occur; birth to 20 years, 20 to 40 years, 40 to 65 years, 65 and older. The loss of lordosis, flat-back  in the lower back or military (straight) neck in the cervical spine, changes the bio-mechanics and axial load distribution. These changes without correction early on lead to debilitating pain, headaches, numbness and tingling in the extremities, stiffness and loss of strength. X-rays, if necessary, will reveal the stage of the degenerative condition and the appropriate care can be initiated.
     If you’ve ever had whiplash injury, lifting injury or falls, a simple check-up and exam could reveal a developing problem and prevent years of suffering.  As with many conditions, early detection and preventative care through chiropractic creates better function and pain relief “naturally”.
 
 
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668
www.crosbiechiropractic.com