Tag Archives: Spinal nerve

Sneak Attack

Were you surprised at the extent of spinal instability or damage identified on your examination?  Most people are.

The concept of a subluxation is simple enough; a few spinal bones become misaligned and squeeze the spinal nerves which results in pain or impaired function. The simplicity of the subluxation, however, belies the fact that there is quite a complex process taking place underneath the surface.

Many people wonder how they could have so many subluxations and never even know it, especially in the absence of any obvious accident or injury.

For starters, most of the nerve roots that branch off the spinal column don’t cause any pain or outward symptoms.  Instead, they are motor nerves that run your organs, give power to your muscles, rebuild cells, etc. Think of them like the wires running from your circuit panel to your television or refrigerator.  When a bone shifts onto a nerve, just like flipping a switch, it shuts down the power to its organ or body part.  Since there are far more motor nerves affected than pain receptors, most subluxations initially occur without your knowledge, and in fact, can be quite long lived before any symptoms surface.

Secondly, subluxations more often result from the culmination of routine daily activities than from one catastrophic accident or event.


Postural habits, lifting, repetitive strains, sleep positions, etc. can cause damaging shifts in the spine without any warning whatsoever.  In other words, subluxations can result from the stresses of normal daily living without you realizing it.

Finally, when symptoms do occur, they usually creep up on us rather than become full blown all at once.  When symptoms slowly escalate over a long period, the body has time to adapt.  So what might be regarded as severe pain had it come on suddenly can seem moderate or even mild in comparison when it slowly ramps up in intensity.  The end result, however, is no less devastating to your spine and your health.

When most people think of a subluxation and a pinched spinal nerve, they envision immediate symptoms such as sharp, shooting pain, burning, or numbness.  But as you can see, while these sensations certainly do result from subluxations, usually they take some time to express themselves.

Since subluxations can go undetected under the surface for months or years at a time, the moral of the story is to have your spine checked for subluxations long before symptoms become apparent.  The only way to know for sure whether or not you have subluxations is by getting a chiropractic check-up.

Life on a Dimmer Switch

The central nervous system is unbelievably complex.  The amount of information processed by the brain and spinal cord every second is mind boggling.  Not only do they constantly monitor sensory input, control motor function, coordinate tissue repair, and essentially place your body’s organs on autopilot, but at their very essence they serve to maintain the life impulse that sustains us.

Dimmer SwitchSince the nervous system transmits electrical impulses, the easiest way to conceptualize it is to think of it as a hardwired electrical circuit.

Using this analogy, the brain could be thought of as the generator or power plant.  The spinal column is like a conduit carrying the main trunk line of the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves are like smaller wires branching off the trunk line to various appliances, or in this case, cells, tissues, and organs.

The key to maintaining optimal health is to keep the power plant functioning at full throttle and keeping the circuit clear for it to distribute its signal.  When everything is in sync and working at full power, the body can’t help but be healthy.  When the system starts breaking down, so does the body.

The most common cause of nervous system interference, or a breakdown in the electrical system, is a vertebral subluxation.

Each vertebra has a large central hole through which the spinal cord passes and a smaller notch on the side to allow for the spinal nerve to exit.  When all the bones are aligned perfectly on top of one another, the larger holes form a smooth tube for the spinal cord and the notches form small holes for the nerves that branch off the cord.  When one or more bones shift out of position, pressure on the spinal nerves can result, dropping the power like a dimmer switch.  The more pressure on the nerve, the weaker its signal.

If you have been struggling with your health, there is a good chance that your electrical system has been dimmed by subluxations.

When you consider that every cell in your body is supplied its life force from the nervous system, which of your circuits could you afford to have put on a dimmer?  The one going to your heart?  How about your lungs or your stomach?

To be at your absolute healthiest, we simply need to maximize the output from our power source and then make sure that all our circuits are clear to relay their message at full capacity.

Chiropractic keeps your innate spine subluxation-free and your innate power amped up!



Commit…Then Follow Through

Let’s get right to the point.  There is no magic bullet, the easy way out is the wrong way, and quick fixes never stand the test of time.  We all know this to be true yet, astoundingly, we have been led to believe the exact opposite when it comes to our health and well-being.  Medicine has become our magic elixir, our get-out-of-jail-free card.  Why exercise your bones and joints when you can pop a pill instead?  Sure you risk abdominal cramping and bone death, but at least you don’t have to get off the couch.  Hair loss, obesity, short temper, shyness, itchy skin, dry eyes…  You can bet that whatever ails you, no matter how trivial, there is a pill marketed for it.

The reason chiropractic continues to thrive, even at times in the face of fierce opposition, is because it is built on solid, lasting principles.

The health of your body is in direct proportion to the health of your nervous system.  The body heals from the inside-out.  Nerve impulses travel from the brain, through the spinal cord, and are distributed from there into the body through the spinal nerves.  There is no disputing the fact that this is how the body works.

How then is a heart that is lacking nerve supply to benefit from popping pills?  Taking migraine medicine for a headache requires that your body not only fight the cause of the migraine, but now also the dangerous chemicals you are dumping into it.  We have essentially been trained to put out a fire by dousing it with gasoline.   We have been led to believe that the work that the body has been accomplishing over thousands of years with amazing efficiency is suddenly no longer possible in the absence of drugs.

As much as we tend to overcomplicate it, staying healthy is really pretty simple.  Getting well simply requires that we optimize the function of the nervous system and then maintain its integrity and allow the body to do what it was created to do.  The reason that so many of us struggle with our health is because as simple as the concept is, actually following through requires a high level of commitment and necessitates specific action steps on a daily basis.  Everyone knows the formula for losing weight is to cut out the bad calories, watch your portions, and exercise daily, but few people can commit to following through.  It’s easier to look for the pill that requires no work output or the exercise video that promises miracles after 2 weeks, or to simply give into temptation.

Your body is a masterpiece and it requires consistent attention and respect.  If you’re ready to make the commitment to getting well – not just feeling better through artificial means, but truly getting well – then welcome aboard!  We’ll do everything we can to help you get there.

%d bloggers like this: