Spinal health affects other functions

I have been reminded lately of  the importance of maintaining excellent spinal health as it relates to the function of other body systems.  Functions such as bladder control, digestion, elimination processes are all influenced by the coondition of the spine.  For those folks who are experiencing bladder control problems, constipation or chronic diarrhea, the spinal nerves in the lumbar area may be at issue.

I have had a large number of patients that have seen improvement in these areas when they pay attention to spinal health, including regular adjustments and being consistent with their core exercises.  And since bladder and bowel problems are the most frequent issues that require admittance to a nursing-home facility, it behooves all of us to pay attention to the maintainance required.  Core exercises and monthly spinal adjustments are effective and easy in most cases.  And well worth the time and effort.

Spinal health and digestion

I am frequently reminded of the close relationship between the middle of the spine and the health of the digestive system.  Often, when a patient complains of indigestion, we can help to improve the symptoms with proper alignment of the thoracic spine and adding some digestive enzymes.  We also try to address lifestyle issues that may be contributing to the situation.  High stress, eating large meals, diets high in simple carbohydrates, not drinking enough water, eating late at night are a few of the possible contributing factors over which we have control. 

Exercise, oddly enough, also has an effect on digestion.  Using the muscles in the abdomen helps to increase blood flow to abdominal organs and creates a massaging effect on the digestive organs, which encourages proper movement of food through the system.



American Journal of Natural Medicine

From September 2002 article by Patrick Quillan, PhD:

“The assumption that human technology could improve on the wisdom of Nature has become a primary cause of disease  in the modern world.  We dissect food, take out the most glaringly obvious parts, attempt to recreate them in a laboratory, and label them as ‘active ingredients.’  In fact, it is the symphony of nutrients working synergistically that provides the quantum healing power of whole foods.”

I think this is an important concept.  I prefer to take in nutrients that are as close to their original form as possible.  They present with all the necessary cofactors to be digested more easily, absorb more readily, and utilized more completely.  Hard to improve on that.