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Spinal Degeneration Phases

Studies have indicated that the right way or the position of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae are very important for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Phase One This phase is characterized by a loss or a change in the normal curve of the spine. In this example we can see that the normal Advanced curve is lost and a reverse curve is formed. The disc spaces have also begun to show a slight change in form. One positive thing is that the bodies of the vertebrae (the square part in front) still have clear and well defined edges.

The individual motion of each segment may be abnormal, but will not affect the total movement. Very often, the pain is not associated with this phase although the effects of vertebral subluxation in this process are evident. (Source: celebrity trainer). Chiropractic care helps balance the nervous system functions, helping the body restore the spine to an almost normal structure and function. Phase Two: When the process of osteoarthritis develops, we begin to see a buildup of calcium and narrow spaces between the discs. Although people have no symptoms, some may start to feel stiff or sore because the range of motion is being affected. This stage of decomposition affects the nervous system and its ability to harmonize the functions of the body with its environment. Chiropractic care has been shown to stabilize this phase of decomposition, but unfortunately, back to normal is a remote possibility.

Phase Three This stage has all the attributes of the first and second phases, only worse. Deviations of the spine are abnormal, the disc spaces have been reduced and changed greatly. The vertebra now shows obvious changes in shape since the calcium deposits are abundant. When these spurs are extended, begin to affect the spinal cord. Normally, people in this phase has a very limited range of motion and probably many health concerns. Along with improved nervous system function, chiropractic care focuses on stabilization of this decomposition and the intensification of issues affecting the quality of life. Phase Four The fourth phase is a condition that will negatively affect the duration and quality of life of patients. The massive amount of neurological damage caused by the process of subluxation in the vertebra has caused the fourth phase is taking a toll on the health of this person. This phase reveals structural changes in the spine. The vertebra shows deposits of massive calcium, or spurs, the disc spaces appear blurred, the bones appear to have joined, and an impediment in the range of motion is now present. Patients in this phase have a very serious situation both structurally and neurologically, but there is still hope. Chiropractic care is provided to maximize what is left of the nervous system and patients often report improvement in their quality of life.