Lighthouse Chiropractic
Dr. Dan Curriden
1424 Spring St.
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 805-9090

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How To Keep From Shrinking

You Are Shrinking…Right Now…Here's What You Can Do About It!”

Did you know the average human (man & women) shrinks up to three inches over the course of their life? It’s true. You can begin losing height slowly some time in your late twenties… then… the process accelerates as you age. So, if you are in your thirties…

You Are Shrinking Right Now!

And the worst part is… Some shrink more and quicker than others. The results can be a devastating “hunchback” appearance, limited mobility… and… constant pain.


The good news is: there are simple and easy things you can do… right now… to minimize the aging and shrinking process to make sure you stay strong and tall and don’t end up looking like the hunchback of Notre Dame! Let me explain…

First let’s talk about WHY you shrink: Although there are several factors that lead to shrinking, the one that has by far the biggest impact is your spine.  How?

As you know, the spine is made up of 24 moveable bones that stack on top of each other like blocks.  In between each spinal bone, or vertebrae, is a disc.

The disc has several important functions: 

  1. It helps to “glue” the vertebrae together… keeping them in place. 
  2. It allows the bones to move so that you can bend, twist and move around normally.
  3. It maintains proper spacing between the bones. Proper spacing is needed so each bone can move completely. This space also allows nerves to pass through their opening without getting pinched.

What does all this have to do with you shrinking?  Simple. The disc is like a week old jelly donut:  it has a tough outer layer and a soft, gel-like center. That center is normally 88% water.

So guess what? Your disc makes up 33% of the height of your spine.  So, if your disc somehow loses water… dries out so-to-speak…

You Lose Height!

How does that happen?  Simple, once again: You see, your discs only have ONE WAY to keep their water content… MOTION! And, not just motion… but… proper motion!

Proper motion serves as a natural pump that brings water and other nutrition in and out of the disc. As soon as that motion is stopped… or altered… the disc literally begins to shrink up and die.

 If your spinal bones misalign or malfunction (what Chiropractor’s call a subluxation) the discs cannot move through their normal range of motion… its water content is lost… and… the disc height is decreased.

And here’s an amazing fact:  An estimated two inches of vertical height of the spine may be lost if the water content of the discs are lowered by only sixteen percent!

What’s worse:  This sets off a vicious cycle of spinal and body degeneration.

As your discs shrink, they compress joints and cause inflammation (swelling) due to friction. Swelling and more friction reduce mobility even more.  As more motion is lost, the discs lose more water… shrinking even more… causing compression and the cycle keeps going until…

Your Spinal Discs Look Like A Slice Of Pepperoni!

What’s more, your spine can become deformed, making it difficult to maintain balance and upright posture. That’s one reason you see people with “hunchbacks” or using a walker.

During this process, nerves can get pinched that can cause severe pain and other chronic health problems.

That was a heck of a lot of bad news… wasn’t it? Well, here’s the good news:

Even though you can’t completely stop the aging process of your spine… you can drastically slow it down - - reducing the amount of height you lose and all the chronic pain and health problems that go along with it.

How do you do that?  By simply going to your Chiropractor and having your spine routinely checked for misaligned and malfunctioning spinal bones and nerve interference (subluxations).

Through quick and easy methods, we can determine if you have a problem that can cause spinal degeneration and all the problems we spoke about above. If a subluxation is found, proper steps can be taken to correct it before serious, permanent damage is done.

Then Chiropractic adjustments, (combined with rehabilitation procedures and nutritional advice) can restore proper motion to malfunctioning spinal segments… decreasing friction and swelling, and allowing fluid back into the disc… stopping the vicious cycle of pain, degeneration and shrinking!!!

Let me ask you a question: Does it make more sense to routinely see your dentist for check-ups… even though your teeth don’t hurt…or… should you wait until your teeth hurt?

I don’t know how you answered that question, but I think it makes more sense to see my Dentist BEFORE I wake up in agonizing pain and need a root canal.  Or… maybe have the tooth pulled.

If you think like I do, it also makes sense to come see me BEFORE you’re in agonizing pain.  By that time, your spine needs a Chiropractic root canal. A lot of work must be done and money spent that could have been avoided.

The worst thing is:  waiting until you are in pain means damage has already been done. Some damage can be corrected… some cannot. Over time, this damage adds up… leading to problems and pain that may not be able to be corrected.

The real key to living a happy, healthy, pain-free life can be found in the wise old saying:  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  So if you are looking to avoid a chiropractic root canal, if you are looking to get and stay healthy, you owe it to yourself to come in for a chiropractic checkup. At the Lighthouse, I use the Gonstead System of chiropractic. The Gonstead System focuses primarily on the disc, therefore you are in good hands when it comes to maintaining both your height and your nerve system function when you choose chiropractic care at The Lighthouse.


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