What’s Your Pattern ?
Patterns are all around us, in nature, in weather, in everyday life.
Pain patterns are no different.
You may recognize a specific pain pattern that keeps reappearing every time. Maybe it’s a tightness that starts on the left side of your low back, then extends down to the left hip. Or maybe it’s tension and stiffness on one side of your neck and shoulder, followed by that pounding headache.
Whatever the pattern…whichever side its on, the question is WHY does it keep coming back?
The reason it’s recurring is because you have a specific postural tendency. Think about this for a moment. You always seem to carry your purse or briefcase on one side. You tend to climb the stairs with one leg always leading the other. You hold up your cell phone to one ear more than the other.
These are just a few examples, but you get the point. You have a specific pattern that – over years – has habitually become your dominant tendency.
You may notice how your head always tilts to one side, or how one shoulder is slightly higher than the other. Sometimes you’ll notice one leg feels shorter than the other.
These Postural tendencies are a sign of spinal misalignments. When the spine is not properly aligned, muscles on one side become more tense putting pressure on discs, joints and ligaments of the spine.
And it doesn’t stop there. The nervous system that runs inside the spinal column gets affected as well. Spinal misalignments lead to poor nerve impulse – a subluxation. The nervous system supplies the entire body with vital life energy. So all the organs, tissues and cells of the body are being affected as well.
What happens when the stresses become a RECURRING pattern?
The effects on the spine become more long lasting….or as we like to say in medical terms – more chronic. This means the stress on the spine begin to affect the structures of the spine – the bones, joints and discs – leading to arthritis and a other degenerative diseases.
This begins to effect the organ systems of the body. It’s no surprise that people with chronic low back pain often complain of bowel and bladder issues as well. Constipation, stomach aches, poor digestion, difficulty urinating or chronic UTI’s. The nervous system controls everything.
The sooner these problem patterns are addressed, the easier it is to fix them. Don’t wait for a major breakdown….when the flare up occurs or when your bed ridden due to excruciating low back pain. Correcting the minor misalignments is preventative planning. We’re all born with one spine, and it’s our responsibility to take care of it. So, make an effort to keep a healthy spine. It’s the only one you’ve got.
Be proactive. Be health conscious. Be aware.
To your health,
Dr. John Filo
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