I am sitting behind our building at 164 Metcalfe Street, watching masons build a stone column (pictured above). A beam will then support a second and third story above us. It is a beautiful piece of work that demonstrates patience, meticulous detail, and tremendous skill.
It will all be covered in dirt. All of that work and no one will be able to physically see it.
Much like a support column – you can’t actually see your spine.
You can feel the effects of its structural function though.
Unless you know what your spinal problems are, you may never uncover the source of your health problems. Foundational structural problems show up as symptoms elsewhere. Here’s a building example: water in the basement causes cracks in the walls, or doors that don’t close properly anymore. These are symptomatic effects of something you can’t see. A body example would be: a concussion that you can’t visibly see the effects of, yet it can lead to chronic headaches, brain fog, and/or dizziness. The health of your nervous system relies on the structural integrity of your spine.
If this seems confusing, let’s jump ship for a moment. Remember the story of the Titanic? It sunk because it hit an iceberg. Did you know? The majority of an iceberg is below the surface of the water. The minority (or tip) is what you see above water. Often times health problems are the tip of the iceberg; they are symptomatic from a causative issue underneath the surface, like the stone mason’s support column, or your spine.
There is a way to see the spine though. By taking appropriate x-rays, we can determine a cause for your back pain, or other health problems that could be associated.
To re-cap then, the column is the structural work that supports a building, and the spine requires structural work to support your health. Sometimes the best and most important things are done sight unseen.
Dr. Payne, D.C.
Chiropractor, AVANT Chiropractic