As the pillar structure of the body, the spine provides stability and support for the body, and protection of the spinal cord. Addressing spinal alignment, joint movement, and posture are key to health. Spinal alignment is at the root of Structural Chiropractic.
Our spinal discs may be thought of as a jelly-filled doughnuts. The nucleus pulposus is the jelly, acting as a shock absorber surrounded by fibrocartilaginous tissue called the annulus fibrosis. The annulus fibrosis is a very tough network of fibers that is a ligament keeping the vertebrae above and below together as well as giving form to the disc.
Muscle weakness can occur for a variety of reasons. In the realm of chiropractic, two of the top questions asked are what affects the nerves and how are biomechanics functioning? Muscle weakness may be observed, it may be detected with muscle testing for strength, it may be part of the patient’s history, etc.
Nutritional supplementation may be advised, with an emphasis on individual needs. This may include labs, specific supplements, and diet modifications as needed, such as removing foods from one’s diet that cause allergic responses.