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Much Ado About the Spine.

   Unfortunately, to this day, illnesses of the spine cause a ton of problems for millions of people and it is far from a rare occurrence when these illnesses lead to grave, even crippling, complications.

   32-33 vertebrae form the spinal column, lending mechanical support to the body during various motions. There are layers of fibrous cartilage between the vertebrae so that the spinal column can bend in various directions. The thicker these layers are, the more flexible the spinal column will be and the better the body will function while walking, during activities of daily living and work, and while playing sports. And everything would be just fine, if only the spine would stay strong and elastic for one's whole life. However, this is the most sensitive part of the human body, and it is indeed hard to find anyone who doesn't have some sort of a problem with it. Here one must note that any sort of damage to the spine (with the exception of certain congenital diseases) once arisen, can progressively worsen for the rest of one's life. Concern for the health of the spine begins from a very early age. After all, certain diseases of the musculo- skeletal apparatus start to develop at an age of 1-15 years. These diseases progress asymptotically-- the child has no complaints; he/she is active, with no problems moving around. However, unnoticed functional deviations may already be having a negative influence on the organism. With time, these diseases will become chronic and it will become harder and harder to get free of them. The older a person gets, the more brittle his/her bones become. Changes in the joints appear and the amplitude of their mobility becomes ever more impaired. The inter-vertebral discs become ever thinner, which leads to a diminution in the length of the spinal column. A person becomes 3-7 cm shorter, one's posture degenerates, and, as a result, one cannot avoid the weakening of many physical functions, especially of the heart and lungs. Illnesses of the inner organs, as a result of pathological changes in the spine, come about because a large number of nerves pass through the cerebro-spinal channel. These nerves exit the spinal column through small openings between the vertebrae and regulate the activity of all the body's most important organs and systems. Any change or deformation, no matter how insignificant, in the normal condition of the vertebrae can obstruct the flow of nervous impulses. The activity of any organ which depends on these nerves for stimulation is ultimately reduced, which leads at first to functional disturbances and then to serious health problems. We must insist in this regard on how urgent the need is, no matter how much of a bother it may be, to take prophylactic measures against diseases of the spine from the very earliest years. Most important amongst all the preventive measures is establishing correct body posture. It has been proven a thousand times: those parents who, despite how busy they are, spend time working seriously on their children's posture and helping their children maintain a normal body weight have fewer problems with their children's health.

How Should Diseases of The Spine be treated?

   In the acute period: rest, as well as pain relief modalities and medication to alleviate the discomfort. If your own measures do not bring relief from the pain, you must turn to a clinic that has specialists in the treatment of acute pain.

   If you do not wish to experience these torments again, after successfully withstanding a period of acute pain, there remains but one path for you. This path is a long one, but it is the only way to achieve your goal: systematic physical therapy, not less than two - three times a week, which must include structured therapeutic exercises. Otherwise, the developing pathology may become so serious that your condition will require a surgical intervention.

What Can Help to Prevent or Cure Diseases of the Musculo - Skeletal Apparatus?

   A diagnostic method specific to this apparatus that includes clinical and computer- accessed components. There are more than 30 factors, according to American studies, which must be taken into account when evaluating the condition of the spine.

   Localized treatment by all physio-therapeutic methods for the damaged part of the spine or specific joint.

   Learning about measures for preventing reoccurrence of the illness. In any situation (work, everyday life) a person must know how to maintain the physiological flexibility of the spine. It is absolutely necessary to master the methods for preventing inflammation in these areas, i.e., the correct way to sit, the correct way to lie in bed, how to lift even small weights, and how to intelligently go about any sort of physical labor (even house work). We offer instruction in these and many other prophylactic measures during special training sessions, which will make these movements automatic for you. Experience shows that mastering and "automatically" using these prophylactic measures can reduce the risk of relapse by 60 to 70% for spinal illnesses. In certain cases, patients obtain almost complete relief from further occurrence of the problems associated with the disease.

   Correcting one's posture, normalizing one's body weight and special exercises to strengthen the muscles that keep the spine and the joints in the anatomically correct position.

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