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Degenerative Disc Disease

How Can Chiropractic Help With Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc DiseaseDegenerative disc disease is referred to typical wear and tear in the vertebral or spinal discs that occur with age. Most health professionals don’t even consider it as a disease but a normal accompaniment of growing old, however, even young people in their 20s or 30s may have early onset of these changes in their spines. People more at risk are overweight, smokers, who lift heavy weights, or those sustaining injury to spinal discs.

Spinal discs are the soft, compressible, pillow-like cushions present between your vertebras, hence, given the name intervertebral discs. These discs act as shock absorbers while you turn, twist, bend your neck and back or lift weights. Together with the vertebra, these discs form a secure tunnel; the spinal canal for passage of spinal cord and spinal nerves. With increasing age, spinal discs become thin as they dehydrate and lose their flexibility, softness, and shock absorbing abilities. Degenerative disc disease can affect any part of the spine but more commonly involved are cervical (neck) and lumbar (back) spine.

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Chiropractic affects on aging

father and sonAccording to Webster longevity is the length of life.  Factors that affect the length of your life vary from country to country; it is also based on sex, with women usually outliving men.  An article published in Gender Medicine in 2006 states that women have historically lived longer than men in almost every country because they are more robust at every age, NOT because women age more slowly.  Possible causes for this discrepancy in longevity is

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Chiropractor looking at Osteoarthritis

What Can Cause Arthritis?

Chiropractor looking at OsteoarthritisArthritis is an inflammation of a joint that can develop stiffness, warmth, swelling, redness and pain.  Did you know that there are 100s of different types of arthritis?  The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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