moving beyond pain
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
(Post # 72) Are Smokers Smoking Their Spines?
Yes, smoking does create more than heart disease, lungs disease and cancer, it creates spinal pain and dysfunction as well.
Here is how smoking creates spinal problems:
1. It increases degenerative changes in the body.
2. It changes the pH of the spinal discs, thus deteriorating them from within.
3. It decreases blood flow and nutrition to the spine.
4. Decreases mineral content, therefore decreasing bone density in the vertebrae.