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Pain 101

 Imagine an empty room. In the middle of that room sits a stationary bicycle. On the rear wheel of the bicycle is some type of contraption. Upon closer inspection you realize it’s an electrical generator, and a power cord runs from it, along the floor, and up the wall where it connects to a light bulb. Now, imagine you’re sitting on the bike and you begin to pedal. As you do, the light turns on.

 When you stop, the light turns off, leaving you in darkness. You start again and the light turns on again. You pedal faster and the light gets brighter. After a while, you become fatigued, and you slow down. What do you notice about the light? It gets dimmer. Slower and slower you pedal until the light is barely a flicker. You stop and it turns off. Once again, you’re left in darkness.

 What you imagined here explains how your Neuromusculoskeletal system impacts your health. The stationary bike represents your joints. The power cord represents your mechanoreceptors. And the light bulb represents your brain. You don’t have to be a chiropractor Little Falls MN for that to make sense, right?

It is through the activity of the Neuromusculoskeletal system that the brain is powered. In the same way that sunlight is essential for a flower to grow, movement is essential for your brain to be healthy. And the healthier your brain, the healthier every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.

 This is why walking thirty minutes a day has been proven to:

 * Prevent 47 percent of cognitive impairment

* Prevent 62 percent of Alzheimer’s

* Prevent 52 percent of dementia

* Enhance learning by 12 times

* Decrease depression by 20 percent, including relapses

* Reduce the risk of breast cancer, pancreatic, lung, and colon cancer by 50 percent or more

* Prevent 50 percent of all stroke deaths

* Reduce congestive heart disease deaths by 63 percent

* Reduce hospital readmission for heart failure patients by 70 percent

 And the list goes on and on.

 It’s not that exercise directly makes our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our brains keener. It’s that exercise is movement, and movement activates mechanoreceptors that supply the brain with an essential nutrient—stimulation. Then the brain, in turn, makes our hearts healthier, immune systems stronger, and itself keener. It does this by releasing certain hormones that help keep every part of us well, including our internal organs. The details of this activity are outside the scope of this section, but—and trust me as your chiropractor Little Falls MN on this—this is basically how it works.

Vicious Cycle

How long does it take to before you’re caught deep within the Vicious Cycle and desperately turning to a chiropractor Little Falls MN for help? That’s a good question. Considering the number of steps in the Vicious Cycle, you might think it takes a long time to get to the Point of No Return. Indeed, the answer may well surprise you. The creation of a Buckling Point occurs in milliseconds (nearly instantaneous), and so does its recovery. I have found no absolute guidelines regarding the number of times one must use the spine poorly (or, for that matter, to what specific magnitude an impact must have) to force someone into the Dysfunctional Phase. I suspect this information is exceedingly hard to obtain because of the variables (age, nutrition, etc.) of recovery we’ve already discussed.

All else aside, once the Tipping Point has been crossed, you have precious little time.

* Scar tissue begins to be deposited immediately upon joint dysfunction, (3)

 * After about a week, joint destruction begins, (4)

* In just two weeks, bone damage, cartilage deterioration, and bone spurring is detectable on X-ray, (3) and

* Within four weeks, irreversible bone spurring occurs. (4)

Here’s the takeaway point: after a Buckling Point has been created, you have less than four weeks to stop the Vicious Cycle. So if you haven’t had your back and neck professionally checked for dysfunction within the month, you’re due for a checkup with a chiropractor Little Falls MN.

How Can This Happen So Quickly?

The Vicious Cycle starts slowly, and then accelerates faster and faster. Here’s an analogy. If your car is out-of-alignment, what happens to your tires? Do they wear down slower or faster? Faster. Now, when your tires wear down, what does that do to your car’s alignment? Make it better or worse? Worse. Now that your car’s alignment is worse, what does that mean for your tires? They wear down much faster. Which means what for the alignment? It gets even worse. You see, the tire’s damage is progressively worsening. That final mile right before your tires blow out actually wears them down faster than all the miles that preceded it.

This is how the Vicious Cycle behaves—kind of like a snowball gathering in size and speed as it rolls down a hill. When dysfunction gets bad enough, it turns into destruction which makes repairing even with a chiropractor Little Falls MN much more difficult. As the tissues become damaged, what do you think happens to the degree of dysfunction? Does it get better or worse? Worse. What does it mean for the amount of damage that dysfunction is causing? Less or More? More.

What does that do to the dysfunction? Makes it worse.

Not only do the nerves, muscles, and joints feed off of each other, but so do the phases of degradation. And although the first step into The Vicious Cycle is merely a stumble, a mistake, if your course isn’t set right, the farther down you’ll go and as the slope becomes steeper, the less time you have and the more likely you are to hurt and be in pain. This is why the old adage, “The worse the problem gets, the worse the problem gets” is true.


  1. The 14 Foundational Premises for the Scientific and Philosophical Validation of the Chiropractic Wellness Paradigm. James Chestnut, B.Ed., M.Sc., D.C. Pg. 57.


  1. A Theoretical Basis for Maintenance Spinal Manipulative Therapy, for the Chiropractic Profession Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, December 2011; Vol. 1; No. 1; pp.74-85 David N. Taylor DC, DACBN.

“I’ve seen how pain steals life from people. Worse, I’ve seen firsthand the harmful effects numbing pain with drugs can do. Because of this, I am committed to providing the best possible care people in a way that not only relieves pain but improves health and quality of life.”

He graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University—a respected school for chiropractors—one of the youngest in his class, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic.

Dr. Ben Grams has a long track record of helping people eliminate pain and regain their health by integrating the best of the holistic and medical worlds. He is known as one of the best choices for chiropractor Little Falls MN because of his ability to accurately assess and treat more difficult cases, especially those related to the lower back, sciatica, shoulder, and hip.

Over the years, he has won several awards for performance and achievement and he continues to pursue the most effective non-drug, non-surgical methods for treating patients as a chiropractor Little Falls MN. In 2017, Dr. Grams authored the book titled “The Solution to Back and Neck Pain” which had a brief stint as a top seller on Amazon.com in the categories of Chiropractic, Chronic Pain, and Alternative Medicine. Its success was also noted on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX affiliate websites as well as the StarTribune.

When not working, he will be spending time with his wife and preferably outdoors. He enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, playing guitar, and being active in his church. Chiropractor Little Falls MN, Dr. Grams has additional studies in chiropractic radiology, spinal disc problems, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercise, sports injury, nutrition and wellness.