Ever wonder why someone will throw out their back reaching for a pencil, or their neck locks up when they sneeze?
Because of something called “microtraumas.” Microtraumas are the little seemingly insignificant stressors our body goes through over the years that we don’t think about or pay attention to, but they wear down our body just a little tiny bit more each time they happen.
- Being born is made up of a series of microtraumas—either being birthed through the vaginal canal or being pulled out of the womb during a c-section.
- Falling several thousand times while learning how to crawl, then stand, then walk, then run—all before the age of four.
- Microtraumas happen when we’re learning how to ride a bike or skateboard and fall countless times.
- Or the impact on the joints and muscles playing sports.
- Sitting in an ergonomically incorrect, slouched posture for sex hours a day at school from K-12 grade.
- Sleeping on our stomach.
- A minor 5 mph fender bender or a destructive T-bone collision.
- Hunched over and staring at a computer or phone screen for hours each day.
- Exercising too hard and too often without the proper time off and rest to let our muscles recuperate.
- Sitting at a desk job for 40-50 hours a week.
- Slips, falls, trips, and stumbles.
- Bending at the waist and not at the knees.
Years of the aforementioned activities not only cause misalignments in the spine, but those misalignments cause degeneration of the vertebrae i.e. bone spurs, stenosis, fusion, thinning of the discs, and bulging or total rupture of the discs.
Years of these various conditions progressing without our knowledge can result in the sudden, dreaded instances of “I threw my back out just reaching for a tissue” or “I was backing out of my driveway and now I can’t move my neck.” They seem like “all of a sudden,” but really it’s been years of erosion until finally the body says NO MORE!
Getting my spine and posture checked for misalignments and imbalances has been a way of life for 20 years. It has kept my spine healthy, the aches and pains of getting older at bay, and the sudden acute injuries to a very healthy minimum.
And it can do the same for you, too!