Just yesterday a patient was telling me a story about an old car. They had to keep replacing the serpentine belt because the car’s alignment was so bad, it kept ruining them. Eventually they had to replace pieces of the engine and even add new pieces to the car to compensate for the poor alignment and it’s effects.
I began to think about how this relates to our bodies.
If our alignment is off (we have a crooked spine / we are subluxated / we have scoliosis / one leg is short), we can end up ruining our belts, too (needing joint replacement or spinal fusion and one often leads to another unless we correct the alignment). Eventually, we may need to add pieces (it could be as benign as a heel lift, but it doesn’t solve all of the issues, or it could be a surgery to open the spinal canal wider or even adding a pacemaker). Adding pieces could also include using a cane or a brace.
All of this could be avoided if the car was aligned in the beginning, or if our bodies were aligned. We can replace the car if it gets too old and beat up, but we can never replace our bodies. It’s really unfortunate that many people take care of their cars better than they take care of their bodies. Find an upper cervical chiropractor, such as a NUCCA practitioner to accurately align your spine. It could save you a lot of headaches and injuries in the short- and especially the long-run.