The backbone, or spinal column, is made up of 24 individual vertebra that begin at the base of the skull and end in the center of your hips. Even though the spine is made up of 24 separate vertebra, it functions as one magnificent column in which the entire body is dependent on for support and movement. Looking at the spine from the front or back, it should be straight. Looking at it from the side, it has noticeable curves which are essential for both shock absorption (spring like quality) and range of motion. The individual vertebra are stacked like building blocks and between them there are 23 fibrocartilinginous discs. These discs allow the spine to absorb shock, reduce friction, and move fluidly. When the spine is misaligned causing one area to work much more than another, often these discs will start to show wear and tear in the form of thinning (losing disc height) or degenerative disc disease (See Diagram).
Early detection of this degenerative disease is essential to long term health of the back. Spinal alignment is vital, when disc degeneration is diagnosed, to prolong the longevity of the disc. Healthy spinal range of motion is the lifeline to the disc bringing it hydration and the nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Chiropractors are experts in locating spinal misalignment and correcting them with gentle chiropractic adjustments. This leads to a healthy spine which will, in turn, lead to healthy discs. Discover Schonhard Chiropractic - The Jackson Husband and Wife Chiropractic Team.