Your body is made up of many substances; organs, bones, muscle, skin, connective tissue, soft tissue, blood and nerves. Keeping all of these parts in working order is essential to your health and well-being. Your spinal column supports your body and houses the nerve pathways that allow your bodily systems to operate properly. Poor alignment or damage to your spinal column can negatively affect body organ functioning and cause pain.
Your spinal cord is housed in your spinal column. The spinal cord extends from your brain down through the vertebrae in your back to the lower lumbar area. The primary function of the spinal cord is to send and receive signals between your brain and the rest of your body. Your spinal cord is responsible for controlling your movements, coordinating your reflexes, and carrying sensory information from the periphery of your body to your brain. Nerve rootlets exit through openings in your spinal column at the right and left of every vertebra.
Stretching, bruising and pressure on any of these nerve rootlets can cause pain and inhibit proper organ function. Muscle weakness and/or pain are sometimes able to be eliminated with adjustments to your spinal column and resultant improved spinal health. Spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Kyle Pelphrey can help identify, or assist in the diagnosis of, many health issues, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being.
Your posture is the way you hold your body when you stand, walk or sit. Many people develop poor posture due to daily activities as muscles tighten or lengthen based upon how they are used. Webster's New World Medical Dictionary defines neutral posture as the stance that is attained "when the joints are not bent and the spine is aligned and not twisted." A trained chiropractor can identify issues with your posture through postural screenings.
Most of you will remember undergoing some level of postural screening during your adolescent years as a part of school health curriculums. These screenings began in the 1970’s. The spinal column sometimes grows into a curved shape called scoliosis. About 80% of the time the cause is unknown. Many times the curvature is mild and does not create any lasting negative affect. Chiropractors are trained in providing screenings for poor posture and for structural abnormalities of the spine.
Pelphrey Chiropractic provides private screenings but also, in order to help the Lexington community, we can arrange for screenings at health fairs places of employment, area malls, and community events. Contact us today at 859-296-4889 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.