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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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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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Does Your Spine have Termites?!

Like termites to your home, Subluxations are the silent destructors of your spine!

Get checked today!


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.


Quality of Life Improvement in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can wreak havoc and have life altering effects on those who suffer with it.  I’d like to share some up to date research on how chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life. Please pass this on to those that need it and share your comments below!

H. Charles Woodfield, BS Pharmacy, D.C. Bio & Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C., FICA Bio

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ December 11, 2012 ~ Pages 92-99

Abstract


Introduction: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has an elusive diagnosis and etiology.  Treatment focuses on alleviation of symptoms and improving a patient’s quality of life. The primary objective was to observe and record changes in health related quality of life (HRQoL), before and after a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Atlas correction, using the SF 36-Item Health Survey (SF-36).

Methods: Nineteen subjects diagnosed as having CFS according to the 1994 Center of Disease Control (CDC) diagnostic criteria were studied.  Patients who were fatigued six (6) or more months and who met four (4) or more diagnostic criteria were evaluated for study inclusion. Data and study administration were conducted using a practice based research  protocol. Patients were monitored for a period of six months to insure Atlas alignment was maintained and then retested with the outcomes measures.

Results: SF-36 results at the end of the study by a paired t-test of SF-36 data (n=19) revealed a significant increase in the General Health component, from 30.3 pre to 55.6 post (p<0.001) and Mental Health, from 46.4 to 68.6 (p<0.01). The overall PSQI score decreased from 12.1 to 6.1 (p < 0.05).

Conclusion:  This chiropractic procedure may contribute to an improved quality of life in some subjects with CFS as demonstrated in improved SF-36. If correction of Atlas misalignment in clinically diagnosed CFS patients could be the single variable that appears responsible for self-reported improvement of functional and mental health status, further study is warranted to determine the utility of this intervention in patient care.  The study was limited by the lack of a control group and that care was provided by only one practitioner. 

 


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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