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Spinal Braces… Why They Should Stick To Teeth

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Spinal bracing- these two words should not be used together in the same sentence unless you have sustained a major accident, injury, or trauma to the spinal region that was life threatening.  In that case then yes.  For the other 99% of the population bracing should only be acceptable when dealing with the teeth.  The spine is supposed to be freely movable due to the fact that it interprets all of your external and internal data via spinal nerves through movement.   

 When a subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column) exists within the spinal column it applies pressure on a spinal nerve thus creating a chronic state of fight or flight. Not only does the subluxation create dysfunction within your body it also creates inappropriate movement patterns.  Your body enters into a state of survival and fortunately/unfortunately people can learn to live this way.  The body can learn to live in a chronic state of dis-ease (which means your body is not at ease). This is, in part, due to your adrenal glands firing off more than they should be due to the inability to adapt to the stressor placed upon yourself in the spinal column.

Anyone who has had braces on their teeth knows how long it can take to move teeth. That perfect smile doesn’t just happen overnight, an orthodontist slowly applies pressure to move the teeth over many months. Chiropractic care uses the same approach with correcting spinal subluxations. It takes time for a spine to become subluxated, and it also takes time to retrain the body to get back to proper alignment.  The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. The most important project you’ll ever work on is yourself. 

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Balance Your Stress By Balancing Your Health…From The Inside

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Balance your stress by balancing your health. Your health begins and ends within the spinal column, the central nerve system.  Recent research has demonstrated decreased adaptability of the nerve system in those who suffer from depression – Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2019. To understand the importance of the central nervous system is to understand this phrase. “You live your life through your central nerve system, every human experience you have is coordinated, processed, and controlled via your nerve system.” 
A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health -Dalai Lama. 

 Your stress creates fight or flight. What kind of stress are we talking about? Bills, driving to work, politics, religion, depression, public speaking…etc…etc.  Break it down this way.  Have you ever felt stressed before?  Everyone should say yes. When you feel stress you typically “feel” it along the spinal pathway and the feeling comes from what the nerve controls, that being muscles, tissues, ligaments, and soft tissue. When your body has a stressful thought that continues for even a short period of time the fight or flight response is activated and the small, yet drastically important, muscles along the spinal column are basically put to sleep. This is due to the fact that specific muscle groups that are larger are required for instances of fight or flight. 

When fight or flight becomes a chronic nature in your life due to the stress that you place upon it the nerves that are supposed to be controlling the tiny muscles along the spine send insufficient messages and the central nerve system is unable to properly control the body. The subluxation (misalignment in the spine creating pressure on or around a spinal nerve) ensues and creates constant dysfunction within your body.  

The number one reason that people will visit a Chiropractor is due to their inability to adapt to the emotional stressors that they place upon themselves.  The good news is that after a specific adjustment a bombardment of afferent neuro-receptors flood the brain with positive activity.  Particularly to the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, which actually should be called your executive functioning sector.  The more you are able to influence the pre-frontal cortex the happier you are and the better able you are to adapt to the stressors placed on you internally and externally.  Your body is intelligent.  That’s why we work with the design of your body to improve its function. 

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Disc Disc Disc, The Importance Of The Disc Within The Spine

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Disc Disc Disc, The Importance Of The Disc Within The Spine

Let’s talk about disc spacing and why it often gets left out when discussing spinal hygiene.  A disc acts as a cushion between each single vertebra and is your shock absorber for every action that you encounter in life.  Think gravity!  Not only does it function as a shock absorber, it allows proper spacing between each spinal bone to form a canal in which the spinal nerve exits through.  This canal provides protection and open communication for the spinal nerve to be a two way communicator from the brain to the body and the body to the brain.  This makes it vitally important to your overall health.

Understanding the disc space comes from utilizing x-ray analysis.  As a Gonstead chiropractor we study and analyze the x-ray films to calculate and adjust “through” the disc space.  It is the analysis of the disc and the changes it undergoes that gives the most reliable information for locating the subluxation.  To judge the level and condition of the subluxation is to access the surrounding disc space.  When a subluxation occurs it creates a displacement within the spinal column which will place stress upon the disc.  As a result the disc will produce undo stress upon the spinal nerve exiting through the canal.  This in turn will create health problems.

Subluxations that remain uncorrected will cause calcium deposits and bone spurs to occur.  Nerve and soft tissue damage will ensue.  The subluxated vertebrae will become rough and uneven on the surfaces compressing the disc and resulting in the loss of its natural cushioning.  The process accelerates causing the disc to collapse and fusion begins.  The final stage of disc degeneration from an uncorrected subluxation is when the bones are fused together creating immobility and even more severe health problems.  Keep the disc space alive and mobile with specific adjustments and you keep the channel open for the nerve to express your life through.  Happy disc = happy nerve = healthy you.

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Crisis In Healing…Why Natural Healing Is Still Growing

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Crisis In Healing…Why Natural Healing Is Still Growing

There is an age old conflict between treating the disease itself vs. the patient as a whole.  These opposing viewpoints have not changed, relatively, since 460 B.C….why? The current trend in emphasizing the disease puts our money, time and energy in the magic pill.  While this might be efficient for some in times of a crisis, the magic pill does not heal the body as a whole. How about utilizing the most non-invasive form of healing on your body?  Natural healing.

The Science Of Natural Healing

In chiropractic, we utilize inductive reasoning.  Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology has everything to do with the cause of disease.  If you disturb the structure of the human frame, you disrupt the nerve system. We deny that disease “just happens”.  The disease process must have a cause and chiropractic seeks that cause. The cause is attributed to a disturbance (subluxation) in the normal flow of neural communication.   The chiropractic profession is pretty advanced and continues to make more advancements to understand the reasoning of subluxations. These disturbances create a anatomical dis-relationship with the rest of the body, a.k.a dis-ease.

It’s In The Literature

Show me your evidence of natural healing.  Research has and always will provide insight on how the body heals.  The truth is that the day to day action of the body and what it is capable of is research within itself.  In Collected Papers Of Mechanico-Therapeutics, Dr. Edgar Cyriax  states “Every displacement of a vertebra changes the normal condition of pressure, tension, shape, size and length of the surrounding structures.  If nature is able to set up compensations, no evil effects ensue.” This statement means that subluxations will create dysfunction and produce symptoms of the body relating to the visceral (internal organs) or non-visceral.  Eugenics, Dr. Herman Rubin, M.D. – ” It may never occur to them (medical colleagues) that the headaches, stomach trouble, neuritis or nervous irritability they are attempting to cure may be due to nothing more serious than a displaced vertebra which any competent chiropractor can restore in ten seconds.”

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New 406 Article Is Out

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New 406 Article Is Out

Check out our latest article on balancing the Brain-Gut Connection.  So much information is out there about avoiding this, supplementing this and so on and so on.  What about understanding the basic fundamental principle that you live your life through your central nerve system, if you have a negative experience “blame” your central nerve system.  With a healthy spine you will have a healthy developing child.  Read on to learn more.  Click the link to follow pages 51-53.  Click Me.

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Be Wary Of The Man Behind Curtain… The Cover-Up

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Be Wary Of the Man Behind the Curtain… The Cover-Up

Nowadays in our society we are told about cover-ups, patches, and band-aids that manly just do just that…cover up the problem.  The man behind the curtain relates to our so-called “health care” system.  The two truths that will always remain the same in our lives are time and health.  Unfortunately these truths can become blurred with false promises from the man behind the curtain, or our health care system.  The only way for our patients to clarify what time and health mean to them personally, is to go back to the fundamental truths.

The Truth

Health was created by you!  The very first entity that was developed and created was brain cellular tissue.  Then the brain was BORN!  Boom!  Next, the brain made a body, and it accomplished this development and creation via a “construction” highway called your spinal cord.  Collectively, the brain and spinal column is deemed your central nerve system.  You were born healthy.  “Look to the spine for the cause of disease,” -Hippocrates.  Taking care of your spine via spinal check-ups is advertently taking care of your health.

The Man Behind The Curtain

The man behind the curtain is the taste of things that “muddy the waters”.  What do we mean by this?  In our society the man behind the curtain will get you to believe that time and health are easily bought.  Fundamental truth number 1: You live your life through your central nerve system.  Every human experience you have is processed, coordinated, controlled, and CREATED by your Central Nerve System.  If you neglect your spinal hygiene, then any other therapy, pill, lotion, potion or external stimulant will be lesser or produce no benefit whatsoever.  Biased?  No.  Just the truth.  This is not a law that we make up, this is nature’s law.  Don’t get caught up in what the man behind the curtain says…listen to your body’s innate intelligence.

Get To Work

Time and health cannot be bought.  The super groin stretch that fixes your spine, the super diet pill, the 5 minute exercise burn that eliminates 20 pounds… it does not work.  We are not truth-seekers or whistle blowers.  Just use your mind and THINK.  We understand that we were born to be healthy and health is created from the inside out and from the top down.  Taking care of the fundamental truth will give you the best time that you have on this earth while providing the health to have the time.

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Do You Have A Back Problem Or A Health Problem?

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Do You Have A Back Problem Or A Health Problem?

Chiropractic care is unfortunately seen as synonymous with back pain.  While we do help with musculoskeletal back pain, you are missing the BIG picture if you only come in for back pain.  The BIG picture is understanding the central nerve system (CNS).  Chiropractic care is strictly focusing on establishing optimal potential with the CNS in your own body.

I Do Not Have Back Pain, BUT I Am Chronically Sick

This is obliviously a health problem that is attributed to your immune system.  Guess what?  Your immune system is controlled, regulated, and was even made by your CNS.  Guess what again?  Your CNS is housed and protected via your spinal bones and skull, which just so happens to be also called your BACK.  There are people out there who are chronically sick and do not have “back pain”.  It does not matter, the back pain is irrelevant.  If you are chronically sick, your CNS is failing to control and properly regulate the immune system.

Organs supplied by impinged nerves exhibit pathological changes and the more the serious the impingement, the more serious the damage. – Henry Winsor, MD.

A Back Problem Is a Health Problem

A subluxation creates tension and chronic irritation to a spinal nerve thus disrupting the brain to body connection.  Subluxations can cause symptoms such as allergies and GI issues that will eventually damage your organs.  Is pain present when a subluxation first occurs?  No.  Pain is the last symptom you will “feel” and it will be the first symptom to disappear.  This is why when people only visit a chiropractor for pain, they will only get temporary relief.  Basically a band-aid.  In order to address the health problem, you need to address the health of the BACK via the spine.  Specific chiropractic adjustments provide motion and stability via the spine.  The spine provides nourishment to the CNS.  Everything in the human body is designed for motion. Motion is more than just energy. Motion is life! #getchecked

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Myth: Chiropractic Is Addictive.

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Myth:  Chiropractic Is Addictive

You have probably heard people say that once you start seeing a chiropractor you have to keep coming back. Or that chiropractic is addictive.  While these statements are not factual, they do have some merit when in the proper context. When you understand how the body operates and was designed, being healthy becomes simple.

Being Healthy Is Addictive

Chiropractic is addictive or being healthy is addictive?  One is in the same.  Chiropractic is the study of life and what continues to make man live and be HEALTHY.  So, let’s break chiropractic down into general principles.  Chiropractic does not remove anything from your body (surgery), it does not add anything to your body (pills), it does not perform external interventions (lasers, lotions, potions, etc.).  After eliminating all extraneous “stuff”, chiropractic sounds pretty basic in this day and age of health trends.  Where does the addiction come from?  It comes from choice.

Adapting Is Addictive

When you understand that the human body is designed to adapt and heal itself, health becomes addictive. Why would you want to take, consume, or limit your body from what it actually needs?  Where does adapting come from? It comes from within your body, or it is innately given.  Innate intelligence – the mission of innate intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a “living thing” in active organization – Chiropractic Text Book.

Living Through The Inside

The inside for this matter is the brain and spinal cord (collectively called the central nerve system, or CNS).  What is the importance of the CNS?  It made every organ, cell, tissue, and material of your body.  Every second the CNS is maintaining your life.  When the CNS has stress placed on it, the body begins to mal-adapt and become dysfunctional.  Regular check-ups via your chiropractor ensure that you have proper connection flowing through your CNS.  A healthy lifestyle begins from taking care of your CNS.  Being healthy is addictive.

 

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4.5 Reasons To See A Chiropractor During Your Pregnancy

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4.5 Reasons to See a Chiropractor during Your Pregnancy

4.5 reasons to see a chiropractor during your pregnancy.  Why 4.5?  This is a blog, and literacy standards and protocols go out the window and we are allowed to do whatever we want.  A mom’s body is constantly changing and altering in order to develop a child. Every source of nutrition, function, and coordination to the developing child is sustained and controlled via the mother’s central nerve system and her spinal health.  Healthy spine = Healthy Pregnancy.

1. The Most Notorious = Pain

Low back pain is caused by pelvis dysfunction.  The body is changing and adapting to the new physical stress placed on it.  Most expecting mothers will try to off-set the developing child and create a type of “sway-back” that ultimately creates more problems than it should.  According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) 16/17 women saw clinical improvement from of back pain and relief from discomfort after seeking chiropractic care.

2. Shorter Labor

According to the CCA, 50% of mothers will experience easier labor and delivery with regular chiropractic check-ups.  With regular spinal checkups the pelvis and sacrum can be balanced, creating the environment for an ideal birth.  A balanced pelvis eliminates undue tension to muscles and ligaments which will enhance optimal fetal positioning.

3. Regulating Your Hormones

Relaxin.  One of the “top” hormones that is essential for pregnant mothers is also a hormone that creates constant instability in muscle tissue.  80% of pregnant women did not receive treatment for muscle pain related to pregnancy while under chiropractic care.  Regular spinal checkups can help regulate relaxin levels, resulting in less muscle pain and tension.

4. Supporting Mother’s Health

Healthy living can be over-whelming and daunting for expectant mothers.  With regular check-ups not only are you supporting your physical needs, your emotional needs become elevated as well.  Your overall quality of pregnancy will increase by allowing you to maintain your activity level (motion).  Because life is motion and motion is life.

4.5  The Just In Case

The breech position.  Chiropractors have been trained in and can utilize a specific technique called the Webster’s Technique.   The Webster’s Technique has an 82% success rate in moving babies from breech to cephalic position.  Considering the high rate of cesareans today (plus the unwillingness of more OBs to deliver a breech baby), the Webster technique should be an option for every eligible pregnant woman.  Just in case.