Feeling Good Equals Health?

Many people in our community believe that feeling good is an expression of health. So let’s look at the two x-rays below. Both of these people feel good. Both have been in traumatic accidents. Do they both have a healthy spine?Cervical Curve Lordodic Kyphotic Pain

As you can see, the x-ray on the left is a normal cervical curve (lordosis) while the one on the right side has reversed cervical curve (kyphotic). The center of gravity on the left x-ray is located on the bony structures  in the back of the neck (that were designed to hold up the head), while the right x-ray has a center of gravity that is over the disks. If we look at the vertebra and their shapes, the left x-ray has good definition without any signs of degeneration but the right xray shows signs of a compression fracture of  C6 and anterior degeneration on C4 & C5; all disks seem to have a normal height.

Which one of these patients has a better chance of having less problems later in life?

Let’s see if you can match up the following facts to the correct xray?

A – 19 years old

B – 43 years old

C – No stitches in head

D – 73 stitches in head

E – No car accidents

F – Car Accidents (4) – Including a totaled Jeep 4×4

G – Never had a trampoline

H – Has a trampoline – one fall but no “injury”

I – No chiropractic care as a child

J – Chiropractic care throughout childhood

Now that you have completed the list which goes to which?

Cervical Curve Lordodic Kyphotic Pain

B, D, F, G, J                                                                                   A, C, E, H, I

That’s right, the x-ray on the right is the author, Dr. Trace Palmer, who has been adjusted on a regular basis all my life. Even through a rough childhood of football, baseball, soccer, wrestling, and college rugby I was able to maintain a healthy cervical spine.

A radiologist that I know looked at the x-ray on the right, just C4-C7, and said it looked like a 40 – 50 year old.

The 19 year old was involved in a trampoline accident over 10 years ago. They had some neck pain but the pain went away and it was forgotten about. Now this person has a long life ahead of them with lots of work to do to stop or slow down the degeneration.

Children playingWhen statistics show us that by the the time our child has reached 10 years old they have had 200 significant falls, we see why chiropractic care for children is so important. When a subluxation can be detected before it degenerates and it’s adjusted to its proper place, the tissues can heal properly and a child is given a second chance.  How many times did you fall off the monkey bars to get where you are now? How many times did you get checked by a chiropractor? How many times should you have been checked by a chiropractor?


Health Care versus Pain Care

In the quest of health, chiropractors move bones in your spine to maximize function. When function is maximized and the body can express 100% of its internal intelligence, health is the result. Health is the expression of your body working correctly, reacting properly to outside stimulus, and adapting to the changes in its environment. This sounds very simple but the human body is the most complex biological unit on the earth.

Nervous System

At the core of our complexity is the central nervous system made up of the brain and spinal cord, the command and control center of the body. Surrounding the spinal cord is 24 vertebra that make up a majority of the spine. In the normal human spine there are 7 cervical vertebra & 6 cervical discs, 12 thoracic vertebra & disks, 5 lumbar vertebra & discs. This structure is meant to protect and facilitate mobility for the command and control of the body, so the nerves can control all functions in the body without interference.

Injured Spine

When a portion of this spine is injured, degeneration begins unless it’s corrected and strengthened. Misaligned vertebra with soft tissue injury follow a steady path of degeneration that eventually leads to unrelenting constant pain, but there are many warning signs that get ignored. Warning signs can be as little as occasional stiffness, intermittent pain, swelling, or twitches, to more aggressive things such as weakness, more frequent pain, dysfunction of the tissue that the nerve goes to, neuralgia, etc.. If you’re taking pain relievers to dull the PAIN, you’re turning off your warning system that the body has in place to tell you SOMETHING IS WRONG.

Pain Killers

How many times a week do you take a pain killer?  a month? a year? or many years? Would you ever consider putting a band aid on an unusually dark skin blemish to cover it up for a week? a month? a year? or many years? Covering something up doesn’t deal with the problem, it just kicks the can down the road to deal with it when it’s bigger and meaner.

Natural Healthcare

Through Chiropractic care you can help maintain a healthier spine and promote overall body health, because life begins with the nervous system and ends with the nervous system.

Should I use heat or ice on my back for pain?

Heat or Ice? for my back.


About twice a week,  a new patient gets out of their car with white knuckles wrapped around the door sill while trying to keep their back straight and every facial muscle  tenses with a pail complexion of fear. After 5 minutes of this limbo la process, they slowly creep into the office. When I come out to greet the patient, they’re standing in dread of sitting or another limbo la process is needed to extract themselves from the chair. Without asking, I know that this patient hurt themselves and most likely started using the soothing sirens song” of heat and now they are experiencing  being dashed on the rocks” by using  heat on their spine. Heat on a new spinal injury is like putting gasoline on a fire, nothing good can come of it.

“But my friends PT (physical therapist) said she could use heat” – you have to understand the chronology of that statement before you use it.

  1. Mary Jo hurts her back and thinks “maybe it will go away”
  2. Mary Jo waits a few days and it’s the same so she see’s her medical doctor (4 days since injury)
  3. Mary Jo takes the prescription that her MD gave her for 2 weeks (18 days since injury)
  4. Mary Jo goes back to her MD, pain is still there, MD refers to PT’s ( 20 days since injury)
  5. Mary Jo arrives at PT clinic (21-28 days since injury)

Acute Injury = 0-14 days since injury

Mary Jo first saw her PT between 21-28 days after the injury, now its chronic. If the PT had seen her in the 0-14 days, ice should have been the recommendation.

Heat in the first 14 days after an injury can increase your pain and duration of the pain up to three times greater.

NFL teams are using ice baths for their athletes after every competition and practice. Please remember “Ice is Nice” – cold provides pain relief and also reduces swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area. When icing injuries, never apply ice directly to the skin. Have a damp terry cloth between your skin and the ice bag and never leave ice on an injury for more than 30 minutes at a time, then leave it off long enough for the skin to re-warm, usually 30 minutes. Longer exposure can damage your skin and even result in frostbite.

When you get an injury, do you put ice or heat on the injury? What’s your answer?

Chiropractic is the science and art of finding and correcting vertebra that are misplaced and causing neurological dysfunction. By moving the vertebra back to its normal position and allowing the command and control system of the body (the nervous system) to function at optimum performance, your body is free to function as it should. Call today to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.

“Ice is Nice”

Yours in health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic, 11400 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill, Ga 31324  912-756-3433

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