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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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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.


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.


You Can’t Climb a Smooth Mountain

It’s been said that you can’t climb a smooth mountain.  In other words, if a rock mountain is completely smooth and shiny, there are no handholds or footholds for you to grab and make upward progress.

This is a great metaphor for life. You see, all those rough spots in your life and the craggy times that you had to work through were actually opportunities for growth and upward advancement.  If life is too smooth you might still move forward, but you won’t make any upward progress.  It’s like continually going around the base of the mountain, but never being able to move up it.

Well, this metaphor also applies to your chiropractic care.

Most people who begin chiropractic care have been living with structural imbalances for quite some time.  They may not have been dealing with symptoms for very long, but subluxations, muscle imbalances, etc. can fester under the surface long before any symptoms finally arise.

In the early phases of care most of the work is dedicated to “unlocking” the spine and working to establish balance and stability.  As you can imagine, when joints, muscles, and ligaments conform to a certain position they become very stubborn and resistant to change early on in care.

rock_climbing_sport_hd_wallpaper-wideTherefore, as we work through a comprehensive program of chiropractic care, it is extremely common to initially experience an exacerbation of your current aches and pains, or to even temporarily develop symptoms that are completely new to you.

Your first inclination might be to think that something is wrong and that your problem is actually getting worse.  But in most cases, these early flare-ups are like the handholds that propel you upward toward a healthier life.

Before we can instill positive change, we first have to undo the initial damage and then move forward from there.  It’s like building new muscle at the gym.  In order for a muscle to grow you must break it down and then feed it what it needs to grow bigger and stronger.  Just like your adjustments, that familiar soreness you feel after starting an exercise program is evidence that you are making effective progress.

If you are afraid of change or are satisfied with the unhealthy status quo, then by all means stay on the smooth path, but understand that you eventually risk the entire mountain coming down on top of you.

If, however, you are ready to move upward, know that the path will not always be easy.  But every rut you encounter serves a purpose and is an integral part of the road back to health.

Climb on!


Protect Your Investment!

Buying an automobile is probably one of the biggest financial investments you’ll make.  When you consider all the hard work that went into your purchase I’m sure you would agree that it only makes sense to protect your investment so that you get as much return on it as possible.  You understand that even though your car runs great, performs magnificently, and looks wonderful on the outside it is imperative that you keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance to keep it running smoothly.  Routine oil changes are essential to the life of your car’s engine.  It would be foolish to sink tens of thousands of dollars into a new vehicle only to neglect the maintenance and drive it to an early grave.

 

Restoring your health through chiropractic requires an investment of both your time and money, and is truly one of the best investments you can make for yourself.  If you have completed, or are in the process of following through with a schedule of comprehensive chiropractic care, then congratulations on your commitment to excellent health!  However, to remain at the pinnacle you worked so hard to achieve it is essential to incorporate chiropractic wellness care into your lifestyle.

Once you have completed a corrective or comprehensive care plan it is important to follow up with routine visits to maintain your newfound level of health.  After all, if it was worth the investment to regain your health, then you owe it to yourself to maintain it.

10-serious-mistakes-car-maintenance-1The key is to remain proactive and to stay one step ahead of potential problems before they have a chance to develop.  It is far less costly to take your car to the mechanic for routine maintenance work than it is to wait for a breakdown.

Keep in mind, however, that even with routine automotive maintenance there is still the potential to develop trouble between service appointments.  When the warning lights on your dash alert you to a problem, it is best to get it checked right away rather than wait until your next scheduled service.

The same goes for your body.  When pain or injuries occur between wellness visits, resist the temptation to hold out until your next scheduled visit.  If your body is talking to you, listen to it.  The sooner a problem is addressed, the easier and more cost effective it is to get you over it.

Your body is meant to last you a lifetime.  It is not leased and there is no trading it in.  Isn’t it time you started caring for your body as well as you treat your car?  Just like oil changes, fuel line flushes, and tire rotations, wellness visits will keep you running strong for a lifetime!


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 .


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