The cerebellum is in the back part of your brain and it controls ALL of your spinal musculature as well as your balance and coordinated movement. When the cerebellum is not firing correctly, the muscles will spasm, the vertebrae lock up and the disc will lose fluid and degenerate. When we get the cerebellum firing better, the spinal muscles will no longer be in spasm, the vertebrae will move better and your disc can heal. This can NOT be overlooked.
The discs of the spine are mostly dependent upon motion to keep them hydrated and also to help pump out the waste products of normal disc metabolism. When this does not happen, discs will start to weaken and become susceptible to a “bulging out” of the inner disc material. Eventually, because of the weakened outer discs, the bones of the joint that are above and below the weakened disc will come closer together, creating an unstable joint. Your body will try to compensate for this instability by laying down bone where it is not supposed to be in an effort to shore up the unstable joint. The result of this can be seen on an X-ray as the classical appearance of spinal arthritis, such as bone spurring and vertebral endplate sclerosis (thickened bone).
This instability at one level will also create fixations at levels above and below the instability – again, in an effort by your body to compensate for the original instability. So…you can see what a vicious cycle this can turn into!
A major key to keeping your spinal joints moving for good disc help is a healthy, well-functioning cerebellum.