Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh I can’t do that, I have a bad back”? Of course, you have. In fact, we all have. But, what actually causes a “bad back” and what can be done about it? Also importantly, if we don´t understand how the spine works, how can we hope to look after it?
Why I am a doctor of chiropractic. Today I’d like to share something special with you. It may help you understand why we do what we do. When I first went to chiropractic school all those years ago in San Francisco I used to spend hours in the library studying physiology.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disease affecting mainly the pelvis (sacroiliac) joints, spine and rib joints, causing pain and progressive stiffness. It affects young males about four times as often as females. Onset typically occurs between the ages of 15 and 45.
The human body simply needs to be in alignment. If it is, we are more efficient standing in gravity and we are not ‘hanging’ on our muscles and ligaments. Our weight is being supported effortlessly. Better still, we feel healthy, have bags of energy and move gracefully. This is not just about standing up straight; it’s about postural awareness and developing and maintaining great habits.
When I finally hung up my rugby boots at age 38, quite literally everything was hurting! I had back and neck pain my body was bruised and battered after many broken bones, countless concussions and a few trips to the hospital. The final straw had come when I was forced to have reconstructive surgery on my right knee. It was time to make some big changes and it was time to heal. I needed a new pastime and a new sport.