Phases of Subluxation and Degeneration
Degeneration of the spine is a direct result of spinal misalignment or subluxation. Movement is very important when helping to explain this because motion is life. A body of water that does not move may be the source of filth and disease; whereas a moving body of water like a river may be a rich source of a healthy ecosystem. Our bodies were designed to move and this is especially true in our spine. The disc itself is made of collagen, and cartilage. These soft tissues are produced by cells which also help make “glycose-amino-glycans.” What are those? Protein sugars essentially.
An important aspect of the disc is that it has no vasculature. It has no blood vessels. The only process by which it can receive nutrients is via imbibition. Imbibition refers to the exchange of fluid via movement. Compressive and flexion/extension in your spine create a pumping action for the disc. This serves to pump nutrients like oxygen and glucose in to the disc, and toxins such as carbon dioxide out. This is very important for a healthy disc.
When Subluxation, or damaging misalignment, occurs in the spine there is a resulting loss of motion. If this Subluxation is left untreated, and the loss of motion accumulates so that the disc can no longer get the appropriate amount of nutrients to stay healthy then the spine begins to degenerate. This is why it is paramount that the spine be free of subluxation and we don’t wait for correction. The more time a subluxation is present then the more time.