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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.


Fit vs. Healthy

We have all read the unfortunate headlines.

37 Year Old MLB Baseball Pitcher Dies of Heart Attack

NHL Hockey Player Found Dead in Condo at Age 35, No Foul Play Suspected

Olympic Skater’s Life Cut Short at 28, Dies of Natural Causes

These were elite athletes at the top of their sport.  Were they fit?  There’s no question about it.

Were they healthy?  Not so much.

Let’s be clear.  These athletes were certainly healthier than the majority of us.  The very fact that they were competitive athletes at the top of their game required the physical work and commitment to get them there.  The nature of their body composition, physical conditioning, and cardiovascular endurance left them less predisposed to many of the chronic ailments that tend to plague those of us with a more sedentary lifestyle.

On the other hand, a truly healthy body just doesn’t suddenly quit working. So clearly there is a big distinction between being physically fit and toned on the surface, and possessing genuine health and wellness underneath.

PushupsA physically fit body is typically a body that feels good and exudes health and vibrancy.  But this often belies the fact that sickness and disease, such as cancer and cardiovascular disorders, can be festering undetected under the surface.  Another prime example is spinal subluxations, which most of the time develop and progress painlessly while robbing the body of its vital life impulses.

So clearly, gauging your level of health and wellness based simply on the way that you look or feel on the outside can be a very dangerous practice.

In addition, a common misconception is that you can somehow exercise away a subluxation.  This simply is not the case.  While exercise is essential, and certainly encouraged for its plentitude of benefits, the only correction for a subluxation is a chiropractic adjustment.  Once the correction is made, exercises, especially those specific to your condition, will serve to complement it.

So while health and fitness is certainly encouraged, exercise alone will not carry you to the pinnacle of health.  The foundation of healthy living is a powerful nervous system free to run the body without interference.  That foundation is built by chiropractic.


Commit…Then Follow Through

Let’s get right to the point.  There is no magic bullet, the easy way out is the wrong way, and quick fixes never stand the test of time.  We all know this to be true yet, astoundingly, we have been led to believe the exact opposite when it comes to our health and well-being.  Medicine has become our magic elixir, our get-out-of-jail-free card.  Why exercise your bones and joints when you can pop a pill instead?  Sure you risk abdominal cramping and bone death, but at least you don’t have to get off the couch.  Hair loss, obesity, short temper, shyness, itchy skin, dry eyes…  You can bet that whatever ails you, no matter how trivial, there is a pill marketed for it.

The reason chiropractic continues to thrive, even at times in the face of fierce opposition, is because it is built on solid, lasting principles.

The health of your body is in direct proportion to the health of your nervous system.  The body heals from the inside-out.  Nerve impulses travel from the brain, through the spinal cord, and are distributed from there into the body through the spinal nerves.  There is no disputing the fact that this is how the body works.

How then is a heart that is lacking nerve supply to benefit from popping pills?  Taking migraine medicine for a headache requires that your body not only fight the cause of the migraine, but now also the dangerous chemicals you are dumping into it.  We have essentially been trained to put out a fire by dousing it with gasoline.   We have been led to believe that the work that the body has been accomplishing over thousands of years with amazing efficiency is suddenly no longer possible in the absence of drugs.

As much as we tend to overcomplicate it, staying healthy is really pretty simple.  Getting well simply requires that we optimize the function of the nervous system and then maintain its integrity and allow the body to do what it was created to do.  The reason that so many of us struggle with our health is because as simple as the concept is, actually following through requires a high level of commitment and necessitates specific action steps on a daily basis.  Everyone knows the formula for losing weight is to cut out the bad calories, watch your portions, and exercise daily, but few people can commit to following through.  It’s easier to look for the pill that requires no work output or the exercise video that promises miracles after 2 weeks, or to simply give into temptation.

Your body is a masterpiece and it requires consistent attention and respect.  If you’re ready to make the commitment to getting well – not just feeling better through artificial means, but truly getting well – then welcome aboard!  We’ll do everything we can to help you get there.


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