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Degeneration Phases

When a spine degenerates the bones begin to deform, the discs swell, then shrink; the ligaments, tendons and muscles begin to harden and weaken; and the entire spinal column loses its balance, flexibility, stability and strength. Spinal degeneration is caused by long-standing vertebral subluxations, and it can also affect body chemistry and internal organs.

Loss of height is one of the symptoms of spinal degeneration, and may begin as early as the 20’s and 30’s.

Vertebral Subluxations

The spine is made of complex parts, the intervertebral discs, ligaments, tendons and bone. Day to day stress and unexpected injuries cause the spinal vertebrae to shift from their correct position and irritate the surrounding bone, nerves, discs, ligaments, and soft tissue. This is called a vertebral subluxation complex, and is a serious spinal condition. 

Phase One, birth to age 20, is where the spine loses its normal balance. Loss of normal spinal curves, nerve interference and an abnormal disruption of life energy are interfered with. Joints, discs, nerves and posture are taxed, and age more quickly. There may be no pain at all or simply minor discomfort and response to treatment at this juncture is generally good.

Phase two, age 20 to 40, disc narrowing, bone spurs and postural changes are much more prevalent as the degree of decay increases. Common aches and pains, fatigue, diminished ability to cope with stress, loss of height and energy are becoming more prevalent, and significant improvement is possible with chiropractic care.

Phase three, ages 40 to 65, postural imbalances, increased nerve damage, permanent scar tissue and advanced bone deformation occurs. Physical and mental weakness begins. Permanent loss of height and loss of energy are found in this phase. With chiropractic care some reversal is possible.

Phase four, age 65 and older, is the most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration, shows severe postural imbalance, motion is limited, severe nerve damage, permanent scar tissue formation, bone fusion, various degrees of physical and mental disability and pain are prevalent. Loss of energy and height continue. At this phase the condition is irreversible, but with chiropractic care some symptomatic relief is possible.

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractic can reduce, reverse and even halt spinal degeneration by improving spinal balance and posture, and by keeping nerves, joints and discs healthy and strong throughout your lifetime. The earlier chiropractic care is started, the better off you will be. The best course of action with spinal degeneration is prevention.


Our chiropractic office educates our patients in lifestyle changes that compliment their spinal care. Chiropractic spinal adjustments strengthen areas of the spine and restore impaired nerve flow. Subluxations occur when vertebra misalign irritating delicate spinal nerves. Spinal adjustments remove the nerve pressure and restore function to the body. Chiropractic spinal adjustments by our chiropractors help you live your life to its fullest through a properly functioning nervous system. When your nervous system is functioning properly you express life to your fullest. Chiropractic spinal adjustments enable you to express your God given health potential and to live your life to fullest capabilities. Neck pain, back pain, sciatica, reduced immunity, ear infections, decreased energy, stomach disorders, asthma, allergies, sinus problems, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder problems, sports injuries, spinal disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, numbness, pain, are just some of the signs of improper function in the body and conditions that benefit from Chiropractic spinal adjustments. Don't delay and wait for a spinal problem to develop before you seek out Chiropractic care. Get a Chiropractic spinal adjustment and deal with the cause of your problems rather than masking it with medications which often deal just with the symptoms. Whether you are feel great and want to ensure a healthy and fully functional future or if you are in pain and seek the safe and effective proven results of Chiropractic spinal adjustments, you owe it to yourself to have a spinal check up and to start down the healthy road of lifetime Chiropractic care.