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The Brain/Body Connection
At Complete Care Chiropractic we specialize in “structural correction chiropractic. ” Simply stated, we move and reshape the entire spinal structure. In addition, we use the newest spinal technology and research to identify the root causes of chronic misalignments so our patients can walk out of our office with much more than short-term improvements. We have learned not only to affect the nerves running to vital organs but also the spinal cord itself; that is, the structure which carries impulses and information bringing health to all parts of the body.
These unique procedures are accompanied by our unique policies. Unlike most practices, for example, Dr. Ballard shows our patient’s before-and-after x-rays to verify the occurrence of structural corrections. With these strategies and procedures Complete Care sees long-term benefits that very few chiropractors in our area can legitimately claim.
The primary area of your Central Nervous System is the Cervical Spine (neck). The top two vertebrae in the neck, the atlas and the axis protect the base of your brain (brain stem). Misalignment (subluxation) in this area affects the function of every organ in your entire body.
Mental impulses are sent from your brain through a forward curve in your cervical spine. This curve can be viewed from a side x-ray of your neck. Neurosurgeons call this curve “The Arc of Life.” The curve should be at 45 degrees and any loss of your normal arc of life is considered a severe neurological problem because it will pull down on the base of your brain, stretch your spinal cord and compress your nerves. Loss of your normal arc will also accelerate spinal decay and degeneration.
Knowing that the human body was created to heal itself, the messages of healing follow their intended path from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Joining chiropractic adjustments and corrections with factors such as nutrition, detoxification, weight loss, exercise, and stress management, Dr. Ballard empowers and educates families so that everyone, from infants to the elderly, can live healthy, happy, drug-free lives just as God intended. All of this is what makes us different, and our patients better.
Spinal kyphosis causes demyelination and neuronal loss in the spinal cord:
Recent research has shown the damaging effects that the loss of the cervical curve has on health. Neurosurgeons have labeled the curve in your neck as the arch of life because it is so vital to overall health and longevity. The arch in the neck must be between 39-45 degrees in order to be free from spinal cord compression.
Here are the results found in the Spine Journal done at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
There is a significant correlation between the kyphotic angle (loss of curve) and the degree of spinal cord flattening. The spinal cord was compressed most intensely at the apex of the kyphosis, where demyelination of the anterior cord as well as neuronal loss and atrophy of the spinal nerves were observed. Demyelination progressed as the kyphotic deformity became more severe, initially affecting the anterior cord and later extending to the lateral and then the posterior parts of the spinal cord. Angiography also revealed a decrease of the vascular distribution to the compressed spinal cord.
Progressive loss of arch in the cervical spine resulted in degeneration of nerve fibers, chronic compression of the spinal cord, and decreased blood flow through the carotid arteries leading to decreased lifespan.