Are You Living, or Just Alive?


Life is described as many things by different people, but one thing it can never be defined as is stagnant. Life is always changing, evolving, increasing, or decreasing in capacity.  It is in a constant state of flux. While you are sitting there seemingly doing nothing, your body is always on the job building and repairing tissue, creating new cells, growing hair and nails, digesting food, etc.

The degree to which your body is able to do these things depends primarily upon the health and vibrancy of your nervous system.  There are certainly other factors that come into play such as a proper supply of nutrients and adequate rest, but even their potency is diminished when shackled by a weakened nerve supply.

Living or just AliveLife originates in the brain and nervous system and emanates outward through the body’s nerve pathways into all of your cells and tissues.  All other variables being equal, the body is at its healthiest when the nerve system is free to express all of its vital signals clearly without any interference. When nerve impulses are pinched off by spinal misalignments, or subluxations, your quality of life diminishes.  Think of it as a dimmer switch controlling a light.  The more pressure on the nerve, the less life gets through. It is not necessarily safe to assume that you are at your healthiest, or to put it another way, at your most alive, simply because you are living, breathing, and exhibiting no obvious pain or symptoms.

A key point to remember is that only a small percentage of the nervous system expresses pain.  So while your level of health may seem completely stable on the outside, in actuality it can be fluctuating under the surface.  A cavity quickly becomes a very painful toothache when the nerve is exposed, but the process leading up that point can take months, or even years. Nobody would argue thatall the while the tooth was unhealthy under the surface even in the absence of symptoms. To ensure that your body remains at its healthiest, it is essential to maintain a strong, optimally functioning nervous system and to continually supply your body with the power that it needs to thrive.  To merely be symptom-free is not enough.

While many people associate chiropractic with pain relief, the true essence of the chiropractic adjustment is to turn on the life force within the body and then to keep it burning brightly for a lifetime .

About Lucas Kruse, D.C.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, I am a second generation chiropractor. The Kruse family consists of five chiropractors practicing throughout the country. I spent eight years providing medical support for Marines and Sailors as an enlisted Navy hospital corpsman (medic). I have four amazing children, Aden, Ella Dee, Remy, and Dagny. The family is constantly on the move staying active with sports, walking, golfing, and fishing. View all posts by Lucas Kruse, D.C.

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