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Gravity is one of the greatest and strongest forces known to mankind. Thanks to Newton and his apple tree, we now recognize that all things on earth are pulled toward the ground at a constant velocity. It keeps you, your friends, your family, your home, and all your possessions grounded without fear of them floating off into the sky. You can defy gravity with a jump, but it always wins in the end.

Simply put, gravity is a universal constant. It applies to everyone across the earth at all times. Have you ever considered what this might do to your body? Gravity, as well as atmospheric pressure, is putting a great deal of stress on your body. Whether sitting, walking, running, or lying down, the force of gravity is ever present. How does this affect your bones, your joints, and your organs?

The harsh reality is that gravity does indeed have a significant effect on your body. Consider the patients who go to their chiropractor regularly. In most cases, those people are not doing anything particularly damaging or otherwise abnormal that might cause their spine to shift. But the fact is that these patients will always have some form of vertebral shift, whether major subluxation or minor misalignment.

What happens is gravity pushes and pulls on your body at all times, regardless of what you’re doing. Your spine is constructed of a series of vertebrae and cartilaginous intervertebral discs. Fused between each vertebra in the spine, the intervertebral discs give your spine its flexibility while also providing a sort of cushioned shock absorber. This helps to counteract the natural effects of gravity, as well as protect against any violent impacts that may otherwise shatter the vertebrae.

Even so, the relentless pull of gravity causes bones to shift. This, in turn, may lead to subluxation and even herniated discs, both of which cause pinched nerves. Classic symptoms include headaches, back pain, tiredness, and lack of focus. If left unchecked, gravity will continue to ravage your body and your spine will continue to degenerate.

So don’t let gravity win! Spinal health is an important part of overall health. Make an appointment with the nearest chiropractor and get started on the path to wellness. If you happen to live in the area, Wirth Chiropractic would be more than willing to see that your spine is given the care it deserves. Stop by our offices in Greenville, NC, or contact us and make an appointment today!

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