Spondylolisthesis is an intimidating word at first glance, but all you need to do is break it into 4 sections: spondy-lo-lis-thesis. Then it’s not so hard to say. Spondylolisthesis is also not so hard to understand if you think about its Greek root words: spondylo means “vertebra” and listhesis means “to slip.”
Spondylolisthesis is when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. Most often, that happens in the low back (lumbar spine) because that part of your spine bears a lot of weight and absorbs a lot of directional pressures. In other words, your lumbar spine has to move quite a bit (rotate in various directions) while carrying your body weight. Sometimes, this combination can put so much stress on the vertebrae that one of them slips forward. Continue Reading →
The 17th principle of chiropractic states that every effect has a cause and every cause, an effect. Pretty obvious, you might say. One cannot exist without the other, but when it comes to our health we seem to too often forget that a temporal relationship between the two events exists.
Medically, we tend to think that the appearance of a health ‘condition’ just happened and if we can’t find a cause that makes sense at the time the condition is noticed, we tend to put the condition down to bad luck or genetics or something as equally inane and treat the effects, leaving causes to remain. Continue Reading →
Arthritis is Australia’s number one most crippling disease and the most common chronic disease in people over 40. Arthritis affects over 3.85 million Australians or 18% of the population and by 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from arthritis. The total cost of arthritis to the Australian economy was estimated to be $23.9 billion by Access Economics in 2007. Arthritis generally afflicts people between the ages of 20 and 50, but can affect all ages, even infants. The average age of onset is 47 and about three out of every five people with arthritis are under 65 years of age. Continue Reading →