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ONLY TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE (about low back pain)!!

There are only two kinds of people in the world, those with low back

pain and those who are going to get it. An exaggeration? Not really.

Who do you know who can actually say that they have never had low

back pain, ever, in their entire lives?

Don't believe me? Okay, just take a long drive with some people in

their 40's or older and watch how they get out of the car at the end

of the trip. Not too many hop out ready to rock 'n roll. It's more

like a moan, a groan and a stretch until they get rolling.

So why is low back pain so common?

When you think about it, we're the only mammals that walk upright.

It's called bipedalism: "a form of locomotion where an organism

moves by means of its two rear limbs or legs". I'm sure most of us

are glad to be walking upright because, if nothing else, it frees up

the arms to do other things. The problem is that because we walk

upright gravity is continuously stressing our low backs until

something gives.

That something can be anything from a mild strain to a herniated

lumbar disc. An example is carrying luggage while on vacation, and

it can result in either condition. Of course, the degree of pain

with these two conditions is vastly different. The mild strain is

like, "My back's a little stiff today". The herniated disc is like,

"I sneezed and thought I was going to die". And that's not all. The

herniated lumber disc often leaves the victim unable to straighten

up listing to one side like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

For us older low backs, the main problem is disc degeneration. The

cushion between the vertebra loses height like the brake pads

wearing out on your car. And as the disc degenerates with the wear

and tare of age, the nerve coming off the spinal cord gets squeezed.

Sciatica often stems from the nerve traveling down the leg becoming


Birth defects in the lumbosacral spine are more common than most

people think. These birth defects (congenital anomalies) aren't like

being born with two heads. They are much more subtle: you can't see

them except with x-rays. They are alterations in the normal

composition of a spinal joint.

Sports injuries and other kinds of trauma (automobile accidents) are

the other most common causes of low back pain. But whether the cause

is a herniated disc, degeneration, birth defects or traumatic

injury, they all have one thing in common: they prevent the spinal

joint from working right. And what does a spinal joint or any other

type of joint do?


At least that's what joints are suppose to do. So a joint that

either doesn't move or moves less than it's suppose to is a diseased



But it's more than that. Diseased spinal joints pinching nerves

coming off the spinal cord restrict the nerve flow between the body

and the brain. This restriction results in all kinds of conditions

depending on where they exist in the spine: migraine headaches, neck

and arm pain, low back and leg pain and much more. Nerve

interference often results in disease-disease of all kinds.

The bottom Line: the power that treated you is also the power that can heal you. Chiropractic releases that power.... naturally!

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