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Subluxation Tuesday

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Thanksgiving is over, so let the shopping stress begin!  Millions of people worldwide will spend the next several weeks in a buying frenzy – determined to secure the perfect gift for a rock bottom price, all while sacrificing their health and their sanity in the process.

According to a 2006 Greenburg Quinlin Rosner Research survey ‘people in the United States are more likely to feel their stress increases rather than decreases during the holidays’ citing, ‘the holidays can be a hectic time for many, and a lack of money, a lack of time, and the hype and commercialism’ is the cause of it all.  No doubt the self induced stress of Black Friday and Cyber Monday can lead to Subluxation Tuesday.

The antidote – Don’t stress over finding the right present; instead, try BEING present.  The greatest gift of all is the innate intelligence within you and a stress free nerve system to express it.  Don’t let this year’s must have item steal your peace and healthiness.  Get adjusted, get your power turned on and focus on the real reason for the season.


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Flies and Garbage Cans

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The Ever notice that flies like to congregate around dirty, neglected garbage cans?  You don’t usually see them swarming near clean ones. The same can be said for germs, bugs and viruses.

Germs are like flies… they’re opportunistic. Give them a dirty place to settle and they’ll multiply.  Provide a weak host and they’ll take advantage. But that’s not the case in clean, well kept environments.   BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic said ‘if the germ theory was true, we would all be dead…’ He recognized that germs thrive in dis-eased (Subluxated) individuals who can’t fight back, not healthy strong ones.

If you keep your body tidy with proper hygiene, good nutrition and most important – a clear Nerve System, germs and bugs are less capable of taking up residence in you.  And if they make the mistake of trying too, you’re healthy well-adjusted body will give them the boot!


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Subluxations Don’t Take Vacations

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Toes in the sand, not a cloud in the sky, 75 degree water temps.  Vacations are the perfect time to decompress, spend precious time with family and friends and reconnect with your soul.  What could possibly stress your body?

How about ten days of sleep on a mushy mattress?  Or two hours of novice water skiing / body dragging lessons.  Not to mention the bottomless Mojito’s and obligatory trips to the dessert buffet… and don’t forget nursing that nasty sunburn from day three.   Unfortunately, stress doesn’t take time off.  The scenery may change, but your nerve system is still hard at work – reacting and adapting to those “relaxing” shifts in routine.  It’s a prime opportunity to become Subluxated.

If you’ve been away from the office for a while, we hope you’re well rested.  But now it’s time to get back on track and into a healthy regimen; especially getting your spine checked and cleared of Subluxations.  When you need to recover from vacation – put Chiropractic on top of your itinerary.


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Tune In To Health

Remember the days of rabbit ear antennas on your television sets? If you were lucky enough to find the exact seating position in your living room to optimize your body’s own magnetic field and the tilt of the earth’s axis, these beauties could tune in your favorite show with the crystal clarity of a thick San Francisco fog.  If – heaven forbid – you wanted to tune to another channel, this required a coordinated, 2 handed effort of spinning and rotating the antennas, the likes of which would rival even the most skilled of Olympic fencers.  

rabbit ears TVThe point here is that no matter what show you wanted to watch, you could pick it up on your set, but only if the antenna was functioning properly and only if it was aligned in the right position.  The signal was always in the air, but whether or not your show came in clearly depended upon the antenna’s ability to transfer the signal to your TV set.

For those of you struggling with your health, keep in mind that you always have the potential for improvement.  Your body was created by an intelligence that is unerring, infallible, and always on the job, and this intelligence is expressed through the body’s nervous system. 

Research shows that most health disorders can ultimately be traced back to a breakdown somewhere in the nervous system.  However, the problem is usually not with the nerve supply itself, but rather with the transmission of nerve energy through the body.  Just like the old VHF signals being broadcast over the air, the nerve energy is always present; the signal is always there.  Remaining healthy is a matter of transferring that signal as efficiently as possible to all parts of your body, and in this case your spine functions as the antenna.  The farther out of alignment your spine becomes, the weaker the signal gets. Bringing the spine back into its proper positioning allows for the signal to broadcast at full strength. 

Misaligned spinal bones choke off vital nerve impulses from the brain to the body, but instead of a fuzzy picture, you get sciatic pain, headaches, asthma, fatigue, numbness, digestive disorders, allergies, chronic sickness, etc. 

Chiropractic works by enhancing the signals being broadcast by your body and laying the ground for optimum expression of health from the inside out.  Clearing the spine of subluxated vertebra allows the free flow of energy from your brain through the spinal cord and into your cells, organs and tissues, resulting in crystal clear, HD reception and picture-perfect health. 


Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

If given a choice between real and artificial, the majority of people in most instances will choose real.  No matter the product, there is an implied superiority to the authentic item as compared to an imitation, no matter how similar the two may be.

Advertisers understand this wholeheartedly.  They are quick to tout their product as “real”, “authentic”, “the original”, or “genuine”.

be-authenticThey even go so far as to highlight the fact that only a tiny portion of their product is pure, as in, “Made with 10% real fruit juice.”  Think about it.  They are spelling out right on their label that this product is 90% fake, yet it is the power of the real 10% that impacts the consumer’s purchasing decision.

When it comes to the really important decisions, the ones regarding you and your family’s well-being, you also have a choice between real and artificial.  How you choose will have an incredible impact on your quality of life.

Real, authentic health originates from inside the body and is born in the nervous system.  The true path to health and wellness is to nurture the body’s natural healing and to keep the body in balance for life.

Artificial health, on the other hand, is introduced from the outside in.  Even in instances where it is designed to work as much in harmony with the body as possible, it is still unnatural, harmful, or in many cases, downright deadly.

So we have real vs. artificial; chiropractic vs. medicine.  If you don’t mind purchasing an imitation laden with artificial ingredients and harmful side effects, then go ahead and choose medicine.  If however, you want to create and foster real health for you and your family, then chiropractic is the clear choice.

And by the way, don’t let the labeling fool you.  The relief from headaches, low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and any other number of ailments, although legitimate and certainly appealing, is only window dressing to the true power of chiropractic.  The essence of chiropractic is to remove nervous system interference by correcting spinal subluxations, allowing the body to achieve balance and to function at its maximum capacity.  The relief is wonderful, but it is not the prime objective of the adjustment.  After all, there are quicker ways to get relief artificially, but none of them creates health.

Chiropractic adjustments are designed to remove pressure from the spinal nerves and allow the maximum expression of life from the brain into the body.  When it comes to healthcare there is nothing more real.


Cure or Prevention?

Billions of dollars are spent every year looking for the cure to disease, whether cancer, AIDS, heart disease, or any of the other devastating afflictions that perpetually plague us.

While the noble efforts of these research scientists are certainly appreciated, perhaps our focus has been a bit skewed.  It is not suggested that we give up on the quest for effective treatments, but rather that we bolster our understanding of creating and maintaining health.

293916-447-18After all, does it make more sense to continually contract diseases and disorders and then fight an uphill battle to regain some semblance of health and wellness; or to consistently take positive, proactive steps to drastically reduce your chances of getting ill in the first place?

It is understood that there are no guarantees in life.  But at the same time you can significantly improve your odds of living your healthiest life possible by adopting the proper set of habits and educating yourself on the steps that lead to longevity.

The unfortunate truth, however, is that many people feel that their efforts would be all for naught.  That since their parents and grandparents developed heart disease, and diabetes, and cancer, that they themselves are destined for the same eventuality in the absence of a miracle cure.  They feel that their actions are fruitless; that they are helpless in their fight against an already sealed fate.

If you live in the “rust belt” of the United States, the odds are pretty good that your automobile will develop some body damage over its lifetime.  Does this mean that you never wash your car because it’s going to rust out anyway?  Of course it doesn’t.  If you care about your car, it means that you’ll fight extra hard to protect your investment.

The reality is that most of the top killers today are lifestyle related, regardless of your family history.  Just because you inherit the genes doesn’t mean that you have to continue the lifestyle.

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune disorders…all of these conditions are greatly impacted by diet, lifestyle habits, depressed nervous systems, our home environments, etc.

Until we change our focus from the curing of disease to the propagation of health, history is destined to repeat itself.

Remember that the body only heals from the inside out.  The key to staying healthy is not to inject “cures” from the outside, but rather to get the innermost layer (the nervous system) in order first, and then to insulate it with layer upon layer of healthy, productive lifestyle habits.


SUBLUXATION: The Physical Component

Of the 3 causes of subluxations, physical, chemical, and emotional, most would consider the physical causes to be pretty transparent.  After all, you don’t slip and fall and not know it.

But while physical triggers certainly consist of falls, auto accidents, sporting injuries, and so forth, the majority of us are more often affected by lesser considered, but much more prevalent causes.  Things such as sleeping positions, the way we habitually sit, slouching, carrying purses and backpacks, occupational activities, etc.

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Day after day of the same repetitive actions and movements eventually changes the physical balance of the body, often resulting in the development of subluxations.  Let’s face it, if you are living any sort of physical lifestyle whatsoever, your spine is bound to end up with subluxations at some point.

So what’s a person to do?  There are positive steps that you can implement to minimize the physical strain on your body and to help increase the effectiveness of your adjustments.

First, positive, structured physical activity is a must on a daily basis.  Strength training and cardiovascular fitness can help counteract the negative forces that we inevitably place on our bodies every single day.  And no, getting in and out of your car between sales trips does not constitute adequate exercise.  Invest the time to take care of your physical health properly; it will pay huge dividends for years to come.

Secondly, it is extremely important that we pay strict attention to our posture.  Keep in mind that the spine should be straight up and down from the front or back and should have 3 natural curves when viewed from the side.  Your goal should be to maintain that posture as much as possible at all times.

This means that we need to continually be aware of how we are sitting, sleeping, lifting, driving, standing, etc.

Every physical activity you engage in has an impact on your body, and most of that impact is absorbed by the spinal column.  If we are not doing our absolute best to maintain the spine, its natural tendency is to break down.

If you have any questions regarding how to properly implement an exercise plan or how to overcome incorrect postural habits, please let us know so that we can work with you to get you your absolute healthiest.

Remember that only a specific chiropractic adjustment can correct a spinal subluxation, but putting some simple action steps into play can not only complement your chiropractic care, but also increase the resilience of your physical body.


Subluxation: The Emotional Component

Probably the least understood and most overlooked aspect of the subluxation is its emotional component.  While physical strain is often repetitive, and chemical exposure can certainly be prolonged, the emotional trigger for subluxations is especially pervasive and destructive.   Chronic stress, worry, and anxiety leads to emotional overload and will compound the physical and chemical causes of subluxation as well.
Behind the Emotional Component

Back when life was a little simpler and we didn’t have so many demands on our time and resources, the body’s stress mechanism was not so abused.  Our stress hormones govern the classic “fight or flight” mechanism in our bodies and fuel the survival instinct.  Imagine that you are faced with a life or death situation.  Your body’s internal alarm system triggers the adrenal glands to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which results in, among other things, increased heart rate and respiration, and an enhanced reaction time.  In the short term this process is essential for survival. But like having your accelerator stuck to the floor, it will lead to emotional burnout in the long run. 

When your body is working in harmony, the fight or flight reaction is balanced by a calming response controlled by a certain part of the nervous system.  If you live in a chronically stressed state, either your environment is so demanding that you are physically unable to return to a relaxed state, or your nervous system is stuck in high gear.  Whichever the case, positive steps can be taken to reestablish a healthy balance within the body.

Depressed young woman.Working Toward Balance

Diminishing the effects of stress on your body requires a two-pronged approach.

First, get adjusted!  Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal misalignments and allow the nervous system to bring the body back into balance.  A healthy nervous system is able to take a body stuck in overdrive and shift it back down to a healthy idle.  The body can only work in complete harmony when the nervous system is free of interference.

Secondly, while it is impossible to eliminate stress from your life, there is much that can be done to minimize its negative effects.

Get into the habit of taking some quiet time for yourself on a daily basis.  Just half an hour per day can go a long way to bringing some calm into a hectic life.  Combining this time with physical exercise will compound its beneficial effects.  For example, you might engage in some positive visualization while taking a brisk walk.

If left unaddressed, stress and subluxations can certainly feed off of one another.  But by taking simple action steps you can neutralize their effects and continue to maintain outrageous health!


SUBLUXATION: The Chemical Component

It’s no secret that noxious gasses and toxic chemical agents can have a profound effect on the nervous system.  In fact, chemical weapons constitute a very real terror threat in this country and abroad.

However, a more pervasive chemical threat exists to which you have a much greater chance of exposure.

Every day we come into contact with chemicals and synthetic materials that would astound even the most astute scientists of a generation ago.  And most of the time, we don’t even know it.  It is no longer as obvious as the odorous epoxy of the auto body repairman or the offensive smell of the beautician’s hair perm kit.

Hidden synthetics reside in just about everything the average person comes into contact with on a daily basis:  the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we wash with, the cars we drive, the flooring we walk on, the furniture we sit on, the mattresses we sleep on, etc.

To make matters worse, we routinely engage in consuming alcohol and tobacco products, and are under constant pressure to expand our use of dangerous prescription drugs.

The net effect of all this exposure is a daily, insidious assault on the health of the human body.  No system of the body is beyond escape, and of particular concern are nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system.  And while the body is designed to pass off foreign substances, the continual chemical barrage that we call life can become overwhelming.

Chronically irritated muscles, inflamed joints and tissues, and a decreased immune response are just some of the things that result from living with toxins.  When the nerve system is compromised due to chemical exposure, subluxations result.

chemicalsChiropractic adjustments can help you overcome the negative effects of toxic exposure by clearing the spine of subluxations and releasing the innate power of the nervous system to bring the body back into balance.

What can you do to help?  Work at becoming a savvy consumer.  There are numerous healthy alternatives out there for just about any type of product you can imagine.  Those chemicals that leach into your scalp and skin from your personal care products can be eliminated by choosing their natural counterparts.  Read the labels on food purchases to eliminate chemical additives, preservatives, and dyes.  Choose low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, flooring, and furniture for your home to limit dangerous chemical off-gassing.

It’s unrealistic to think that you can remove all the chemical irritants from your life, but every toxin you eliminate and every adjustment you receive brings you a little bit closer to a balanced body.


Sneak Attack

Were you surprised at the extent of spinal instability or damage identified on your examination?  Most people are.

The concept of a subluxation is simple enough; a few spinal bones become misaligned and squeeze the spinal nerves which results in pain or impaired function. The simplicity of the subluxation, however, belies the fact that there is quite a complex process taking place underneath the surface.

Many people wonder how they could have so many subluxations and never even know it, especially in the absence of any obvious accident or injury.

For starters, most of the nerve roots that branch off the spinal column don’t cause any pain or outward symptoms.  Instead, they are motor nerves that run your organs, give power to your muscles, rebuild cells, etc. Think of them like the wires running from your circuit panel to your television or refrigerator.  When a bone shifts onto a nerve, just like flipping a switch, it shuts down the power to its organ or body part.  Since there are far more motor nerves affected than pain receptors, most subluxations initially occur without your knowledge, and in fact, can be quite long lived before any symptoms surface.

Secondly, subluxations more often result from the culmination of routine daily activities than from one catastrophic accident or event.

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Postural habits, lifting, repetitive strains, sleep positions, etc. can cause damaging shifts in the spine without any warning whatsoever.  In other words, subluxations can result from the stresses of normal daily living without you realizing it.

Finally, when symptoms do occur, they usually creep up on us rather than become full blown all at once.  When symptoms slowly escalate over a long period, the body has time to adapt.  So what might be regarded as severe pain had it come on suddenly can seem moderate or even mild in comparison when it slowly ramps up in intensity.  The end result, however, is no less devastating to your spine and your health.

When most people think of a subluxation and a pinched spinal nerve, they envision immediate symptoms such as sharp, shooting pain, burning, or numbness.  But as you can see, while these sensations certainly do result from subluxations, usually they take some time to express themselves.

Since subluxations can go undetected under the surface for months or years at a time, the moral of the story is to have your spine checked for subluxations long before symptoms become apparent.  The only way to know for sure whether or not you have subluxations is by getting a chiropractic check-up.


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