Health Revolution - Lindale, Texas

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A BOTW Pediatric & Family Chiropractic Practice
1816 S Main, Suite B3
Lindale, TX 75771
Office: 903-882-8845
healthrevolutionlindale@gmail.com

Why should we get our spines checked/adjusted every 7-14 days?

Research shows degenerative processes can begin with as little as one day of joint dysfunction. Finnish researchers did a 10 year series of studies on rabbits, splinting and immobilizing their knee joints (induced subluxations) in an extended position. These results are reported:

  1. "An early, and the most obvious, change is reduction in mobility". Initially, lost mobility is "at least partially reversible". However after two weeks some range of movement is lost permanently.

  2. The level of compression between opposed areas of cartilage in the joint "increases sharply during the first week" to 200% above normal compression. It stays at that level for the following four weeks before beginning to decline.

  3. Effects related to this include:
    1. Increased blood supply to the cartilage (measurable after 1 day).
    2. Increased formation of collagen (seen after 3 days) and glycosaminoglycan (seen after 7 days) in joint tissues.
    3. Increased periarticular fibrosis.
    4. Cartilage proliferation on the joint surfaces.
    5. Fibrillation (degenerative softening and formation of clefts) and atrophy of joint cartilage.
    6. After 2 weeks of immobilization, there are first signs of eburnation in the subchondrial bone - that is exposure, wearing and hardening of bone because of extended fragmentation of the protective layers of cartilage in the joint.

    "Such changes are not reversible (and) are identifiable radiologically as narrowing of the joint space, osteophyte formation and subchondral sclerosis".

  4. The loss of joint mobility and these osteoarthritic changes can be produced either by a single period of immobilization (two weeks or more) or repeated short periods of immobilization (several days each).

Videman T (1987) Experimental Models of Osteoarthritis. The Role of Immobilization, Clinical Biomechanics, 2:223-229, and the various papers by Videman there referenced

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