Can Chiropractic prevent Arthritis? I believe you can. Simply put, weight-bearing problems accelerate this process. Which, I talk more in our Text Neck Article. Below is the effect of Wolff’s Law on an amputee, ten years later. The left leg was amputated due to Osteosarcoma. Overall, Crookedness can cause weight to shift to other areas of the body.
As the weight is left on the problematic area, the weight will ultimately change a person’s posture. With posture changes the body adapts and issues skeletal wise can occur. Your body will adapt. We know that over time, if you repeat actions, you body will stay in that position. Just like Text Neck and looking Down, the head starts to translate forward. It takes very little to translate it back in comparison. A brief stint of sessions on our Deneroll table.
For those that know me, you know that I love the original Star Trek movies. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is my favorite of all the Star Trek movies. I own the set on Blu-ray and while watching The Undiscovered Country, Spock says a really good quote, “Even logic must give way to physics”.
Health 1st of Grand Rapids is here to look at your overall health from a Medical Stand Point. But, also from a Bone Stand Point. Your Skeletal Structure is important and vital to your health. You spine protects your Spinal Cord. If it is not properly cared for, it can affect you Mental and Organs. Hormones can be affected with or without pain.
Wow, that’s perfect for this article called Wolff’s Law. To be brief, Julius Wolff was a German surgeon who realized that bone adapts to the stresses placed upon it. This is one way how archeologists can determine what type of lifestyle a person lived by looking at the bones of a person who died thousands of years ago.
So, as you carry a backpack wrong, this will ultimately change your body structure over time. Thus, starting a bad posture which then grows into worse posture. See our Text Neck Article for example. Look down too much, your body structure will change. Your bones will move into a new position and you will stay that way. There are two ways a body changes, with quick force like an Auto Accident or slow over times with movement or weight.
So how does this affect you today? Arthritis, or to be more specific osteoarthritis (OA). OA affects millions of Americans and most likely either you or someone you know is affected by this “disease”. Approximately 30% of all baby boomers have been diagnosed with OA. It has other names also such as Degenerative joint disease or DJD. I put the disease in quotes because I believe that OA/DJD is a process more so than a disease, just like cavities could be called Degenerative Tooth Disease but we know that if you take precaution and be proactive, that we can prevent cavities.
As you can see the left leg bone has wasted away but the right side is very strong (more white=more bone density).
A closer side by side comparison. Again to summarize, Wolff’s Law effects on the right leg is more bone growth and one the left leg is bone mineral loss.