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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. 


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.


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.


One Weak Link

Just as one damaged link can weaken an entire chain, a single subluxated bone in the spinal column can cause widespread damage throughout the body.  Not only will a subluxation affect your body’s nerve supply, but it can also lead to chronic structural damage to the spine.

The neurological impact of a subluxation can be devastating.  When nerve flow is choked off from the brain to the body, tissues and organs malfunction and the body breaks down from the inside. If the signal in any of the nerve circuits through the spine is diminished, the body part that it gives life to suffers.  And since the whole body must function in concert to be at its healthiest, one sick or diseased organ weakens the entire body.

If you are under the impression that a single subluxation is no big deal, ask yourself which organ you can afford to damage.

To make matters worse, a single subluxation left uncorrected rarely remains a single subluxation.  When the body is weakened by one subluxation, the potential for developing others increases dramatically, as your body is always working to maintain balance. Imagine you have a stack of building blocks.  If you tilt one block to the side, all of the blocks above it will lean that way as well. In order to overcome the imbalance, one of the leaning blocks will have to be tilted back in the opposite direction.  This is how one subluxation can spawn others.

In addition to impaired nerve function, the structural imbalance resulting from subluxations accelerates spinal decay.  Bone spurs or calcium deposits result from weaknesses created by subluxations. The degeneration is your body’s attempt to strengthen a weakened spine.  It’s like building up a callous on irritated skin.

Broken-LinkRemember also that the discs are affected by the bones that surround them.  When vertebra tilt to the side they squeeze the disc between them and can cause it to become weak and brittle, bulge, or even herniate.  So what started as one subluxation can end up as a degenerated spine.

Like so many things in life, a poor quality of health is the end result of several little factors that compound upon one another.  Address them early on while they are still small and the problem becomes much more manageable.  Wait until a single problem has grown into a full scale crisis, and you’ve got a much larger battle on your hands.  It is much easier to correct a single subluxation than it is to eventually try to overcome the resultant nerve irritation, spinal decay, and disc degeneration. Like routine dental visits, regular spinal check-ups can prevent a simple fix from growing into something much more serious.


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!


How Does Chiropractic Work?

To understand how chiropractic works, you only need to look at the basic structure of the human body.

Let’s start at the beginning.  When we are developing from the union of 2 microscopic cells, the first thing to form is what will eventually be recognized as the brain, followed by the spinal cord.  Thus, the central nervous system is set in place before any of the other organs and tissues.

Your Nervous SystemThe brain and spinal cord are first to develop for a reason.  If you have even the most elementary understanding of the human body, you recognize that the brain runs the whole show.  In order for any of the other organs to develop properly and function in unison, they need to be fed and orchestrated by the nervous system.

Think about it.  Without a nerve supply your heart doesn’t beat, your stomach doesn’t digest, and your lungs don’t process air.  To put it more bluntly, you die without your nerve supply.

But now let’s say that we don’t take your nerve supply away, but instead we dampen it down a bit, like softening the lights with a dimmer switch.  You still have most of your nerve supply, so you don’t die; but you certainly don’t fully live either.

This is exactly what happens when the bones in your spine become misaligned, or what chiropractors call subluxated.  You see, in order for those nerve messages to get from the brain into the heart, lungs, and other organs, they are transported down the spinal cord and then out through the nerves that exit the spinal column between the vertebra.  From there they continue on to the specific organ or tissue.

When the spine is in its proper alignment nerve impulses are conveyed in their full capacity, allowing the body to function at its peak.

Subluxations (misaligned spinal bones) choke off vital nerve impulses by “pinching” on spinal nerves, resulting in decreased nerve flow and compromised health.

Chiropractic adjustments correct misaligned vertebra, allowing the body to return to its balanced state, heal from the inside out, and express 100% life.  Block the nervous system and the body breaks down.  Free up pinched nerves and health returns.  It’s that simple.

Many of the conditions and symptoms that people treat endlessly with medications would be better addressed by a chiropractor.


Are you Stuck in First Gear?

Imagine you are driving down the road with your gas pedal to the floor.  Your car runs great and gets you to where you need to be.  All is good.

But then you look around and notice that everyone else is whizzing right by you.

Determined to keep up with those around you, you take your car into the shop and have the mechanic give it a good once-over.  The mechanic finds that while you have been getting to where you need to be, you have been doing so while driving in only one gear.  In actuality, he discovers that your car has an entire set of gears that have never even been utilized!

Many people live out their lives the same way; stuck in first gear and never living up to their potential;  not quite hurting, but definitely not at their best.  The problem is that while most people realize they simply are not living up to par, they don’t know how to access their hidden gearbox to take their health to the next level.

These are the people that need to be under chiropractic care!

The old misconception that chiropractic care is just for those in pain or battling symptoms is quickly being exposed for the fallacy that it is.

Those who get the most out of their chiropractic adjustments are the ones who take their care beyond the relief phase and work with their chiropractor to maintain lifelong health and wellness.

The true essence of chiropractic actually has nothing to do with the treatment of pain and symptoms.  Chiropractic adjustments remove nervous system interference by correcting mis-alignments in the spine called vertebral subluxations.  Symptoms are relieved as a byproduct of building a healthier body.

A subluxated spine, one that is continually out of balance, will never allow the body to run at maximum speed and efficiency.  The subluxation in effect acts as a governor on your body’s engine, limiting it to a certain speed that it can’t rise above.

You are not designed to sputter through life in first gear.  You are created to live all out at full throttle.  Settle for any less and you not only short-change yourself, but also those who depend upon you.

Your nervous system is housing a whole new set of gears that most of us never even tap into.  By unleashing the full scope of your body’s innate potential, chiropractic can help you take your health and your life to unparalleled heights!


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