Out Of Sight…Out Of Mind?

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While the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” works for some aspects of life that you would like to change, when it comes to taking care of your overall health, this phrase does not apply. The reason being, is that your spinal column protects the most important part of your body, the central nerve system (CNS). The CNS was not designed to be seen, unlike our teeth. It is exactly where it is supposed to be; central. Your health begins and ends within your spinal column. We take for granted our health often because we cannot see. Out of sight…out of mind comes into play.

If your spine were on your face, you’d take better care of it, guaranteed. How come? Most people have to see a problem to believe a problem exists. Believe this. You live your life through your CNS, every human experience you have is processed, coordinated, and controlled via your CNS. Take care of it. Taking care of the problem before the problem begins enters in the world of prevention.

Gonstead Chiropractic analysis allows a closer look at the story of your spine. Out of sight does not apply to us. To see is to know and not to see is to guess. X-Ray films, when necessary, allow our doctors to visualize the entire structure of your spine, joint and disc integrity, and ruling out any pathological findings. This allows us to be as specific as possible and eliminate all guessing when it comes to your care.

Don’t take for granted the most important thing you were born with…your health. Own your health, and start with spinal check-ups. Just because you cannot see your health does not make it an entity that cannot be measured. Keeping your body in peak performance is what Gonstead Chiropractors do. We help you prevent health problems and keep you functioning at your best.

The Importance Of Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

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Research shows that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labor with less pain and trauma for mother and child –Well Adjusted Babies. Getting straight to the point, routine Chiropractic care is one of the most important stages of life for expecting mothers. By keeping your spine properly aligned and free of subluxations your body is able to work more effectively during pregnancy and labor.

Major attention is brought to the expecting mothers pelvis and spinal column to ensure a safe and comfortable birth. A subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column placing undue stress upon the central nerve system) limits and distorts the messages between the brain and body creating chaos. By maintaining a healthy spine you will have a healthy central nerve system free of limitations. Removing interference from the central nerve system for the mother enhances the babies development and uterine function. Eliminating tension to muscles and ligaments allowing proper function to continue the way it is supposed to be…naturally. Benefits of Chiropractic care and adjusting subluxations during pregnancy:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Preventing a potential C-section
  • Relieving back, neck, and joint dysfunction
  • Normal physiological function of both mother and baby

Chiropractic care isn’t just for pregnancy. Care doesn’t stop with delivery. Even in the fourth trimester we cannot stress the importance of routine Chiropractic check-ups. The spine begins to adjust to the absence of the baby in your belly. You need proper assistance in the process of realigning your spine and pelvis when “getting” your body back. Don’t forget, the entire way you have been maintaining the structure of your spine begins to take a completely different route. Now, you begin to actually hold the baby and displace the weight in different parts of your body.

The best time to take care of your spinal health is now.  

The Role Of Chiropractic

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What is ‘The Role Of Chiropractic’? Putting The Role Of Chiropractic into three paragraphs and describing it as such is what we have done. We took a page out of a book and put it to use. It is not a complicated read, it is straight forward and directly to the point. Read on to learn about ‘The Role Of Chiropractic’.

Generated within the brain is an energy which flows over the nerve pathways. Extending from tiny cells in the brain is a nerve fiber connection each with a corresponding tissue cell of the body and from the tissue cell is also a nerve pathway back to its controlling brain cell. Over this nerve pathway flows the energy or mental impulse which is the ‘spark of life’ – with it, the tissue cell functions. Without it – normal function is absent. Over and above all of this is an inborn intelligence which coordinates, directs and controls these billions of cells in their activity for coordinated function of health. The pathway to health is a nerve system free of pressure allowing a normal energy flow from the brain to the body at all time.

A vertebral subluxation in the spinal column occludes a foramen, that occlusion produces pressure on nerves. That pressure on nerves interferes with the normal quantity transmission of mental impulse flow between brain and body, and in exact ratio as that mental impulse flow is decreased at the periphery, dis-ease is created and increased in the same ration.

By spinal adjustment, the vertebral subluxation is restored to normal position. This takes pressure off the nerve system allowing for a normal mental impulse flow over the nerve system. In exact ratio as that mental impulse flow is restored at the periphery, dis-ease is decreased and health restored. – The Role Of Chiropractic

Subluxation…It’s Like Bad Wi-Fi

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Ever have bad Wi-Fi? We have come along way with technology advances, and it has almost become second nature that we should ALWAYS have great Wi-Fi service, wherever we go. Yet, the fact remains that all too often we get stuck with bad Wi-Fi connections in our daily routine. With a bad connection to our Wi-Fi, we are unable to perform our tasks at that accelerated and accurate rate that we are used to performing at. Be honest, we love to have spot on service and use our connection at lightning speed. A bad connection is not a full disconnection: it can still get the job done, it’s just not productive to be around.

The brain-body connection is fundamental in establishing and maintaining your overall health and well-being. Without this proper connection, your health would cease to exist. The central nerve systems (brain, spinal cord) sole responsibility is to make all the other systems in the body, and to regulate their function on a day to day basis. Sound important?

A subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column, creating interference on a single nerve) exists when our body is unable to adapt to the loads of stress that we acquire regularly. When a subluxation exists for a period of time uncorrected, it automatically disconnects the brain-bodies potential to be optimal. Fortunately, it’s not a full disconnect. It’s like having bad Wi-Fi. The connection is weakened and messages still come and go, just not in the ideal state that we are used to performing.

Regular spinal check-ups by your Chiropractor examine the spine to find subluxations, adjusting if necessary. In doing so allows the brain-body connection to become optimal and enables your body to heal from the disconnection that was established. You can replace a bad wireless router; you cannot replace your central nerve system. Don’t settle for suppressing a symptom. Get to the cause of the problem.

The Truth About Kids Chiropractic

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The truth about kids and Chiropractic care…it’s safe, natural, normal, and effective. There it is. There is the “BIG” secret. We couldn’t keep our anticipation back and make you read this entire blog without just spilling the beans. Kids and Chiropractic care is not a new thing! Not only do Chiropractors preach the importance of spinal check-ups for kids, so do medical doctors. ”Every newborn should receive a neck and spine examination and a Chiropractic adjustment if necessary. Is that idea too difficult to accept?”- Lendon Smith, M.D. Pediatrician.

Unfortunately, media portrays Chiropractic patients as a 45 year old males who lifted something wrong and “throw their backs out.” Sure, Chiropractic care can definitely help these type of people. Just imagine if this 45 year old was under Chiropractic care before he turned 45! 

The central nerve system is the master control system. It made, regulates, and controls every system in the body. So, it is safe to say that your body knows what it needs to do. Subluxations (misalignment’s within the spinal column placing undo stress upon a nerve) often manifest early in life unnoticed and uncorrected creating dysfunction within the body. Kids won’t express their subluxations as the “pain” we know. They manifest in symptoms of the central nerve system not functioning correctly. These can be ear infections, constipation, colic, bed wetting, allergies, etc etc. These are painful! 

When we get an early start on health by checking the function of the central nerve system we are primed for a life of health. Health comes from the inside-out. ”Subluxation interferes with the body’s mental impulses, altering body function, lowering tissue resistance, and making the body vulnerable to disease.”- Dr. Fred Barge. Many parents report an improvement in their child’s quality of life after beginning routine, family chiropractic care. When a subluxation exists for a period of time the body does not function optimally. Do whatever you can to keep your child’s central nerve system working its best. One way to do this is to remove any source of irritation by keeping your spine healthy and aligned. 

Stop The Insanity…Look For The Cause

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Stop the insanity. Expecting the same results over and over again is not an ideal situation to be in. When it comes to your health, there will always be the latest and greatest health trend to emerge and last for a short while. Why? Often times, the things that are the hardest and yet simplest to perform, are overlooked by public interest growing a new trend. When it comes to your health, the foundation starts and ends with the central nerve system.

A teacher and a student were walking along a riverbank talking about life. When both of them noticed someone in the river drowning. The student immediately jumped in to save the drowning individual and pull them to safety. As the teacher and student continued their walk they noticed another person in the river drowning, once again the student jumps in to save the person and pull them to safety. As they continued their walk this event continued to happen and finally the teacher kept walking to find the cause. The teacher, instead of saving the drowning individuals, searched for the cause and found that these people were jumping off a bridge.

This is a simple story to gain insight on addressing the cause instead of performing the same actions over and over with little to no results. Rescuing drowning people is a noble quest, yet addressing the cause and educating before they jump is even more noteworthy.

Everyone should know something about the spine which protects your central nerve system. That knowledge would give all people a much better understanding of one of the marvels of the body. It would enable each individual to reason the “how and why” of ill health. When it is understood that every tissue cell, and every organ of the body is connected to and controlled by the central nerve system, then one can more readily grasp the importance of maintaining a spine free of dysfunction.

Why We Don’t Guess

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Why would you guess when you can be accurate? Guessing or jumping to conclusions will result in more consequences than positive actions. Take for instance a home inspector who found mold on some drywall in a house. When the inspector begins sampling the rest of the house for mold to find the cause, he does not put the sample strips directly on the area where the mold is exposed. Why? Just because it is the most obvious area doesn’t mean it is the source. So, the inspector begins to “inspect” other areas that are not EXPOSED.

In Gonstead Chiropractic one of the most important criteria is to eliminate guessing when it comes to your body by use of x-ray analysis. With x-ray analysis we are able to specifically locate subluxations (misalignment’s within the spine creating nerve dysfunction) and eliminate compensations. 

What’s a compensation? In Chiropractic we adopt universal laws that have sustained the test of time. Take for instance Newtons Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action. When a subluxation occurs it changes the normal condition of pressure, tension, shape, size and length of the surrounding structures. In other words the subluxation creates compensations elsewhere that are not the area of concern. Finding the right area to adjust becomes the name of the game. 

The body is designed to be intelligent and accurate for the sustainability of life. This is no different when you take care of your spine with Chiropractic care. You want accuracy. When you eliminate guessing, you allow the body to be intelligent and make accurate decisions when healing. If things aren’t moving the way they are supposed to move, other areas will begin to become affected as well. Remember the body is a unit altogether. It wants to be healthy. So, be accurate when making healthy choices and eliminate the guessing.

Why Does Your Spine ‘Need Checked’

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Why does your spine ‘need checked’? Think of your brain and your spinal cord as the most important highway ever designed. Messages that the brain sends travel through the spinal cord and exit via spinal nerves to transmit messages to the smallest parts of your body called tissue cells. The tissue cells then alternatively send messages back through the spinal nerves up the spinal cord back to the brain in perfect unison. To further grasp this communication highway, realize this: ‘90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine’ – Dr. Roger Sperry

This is a safe assumption to say that any interference between the brain-body connection will limit ones potential to maximize their daily functions. Interference occurs in the spine, called subluxations (a misalignment in the spinal column placing stress upon the nerve system) which create ‘road blocks’ in this super highway.

In Gonstead Chiropractic care we stress the importance of “Getting Checked” because a subluxation is not painful when it first occurs. In fact a subluxation within the spinal column is silent in nature for years often before it becomes noticeably ‘painful’. The Principle Of Time – there is no process that does not require time. The first symptoms that will appear when a subluxation is present is damage to the tissue cells that the nerve regulates, makes, and controls. Symptomsnot pain will be your first indication that something is dysfunctional within the body.

How does one get checked? We check the spine for subluxations by performing x-ray analysis coupled with a neurological assessment to find subluxations and how to adjust them accurately, specifically unique to your spine. Why x-rays? To see it is to know, not to see it is to guess, and we WON’T guess about your health. Upon a daily spinal check-up we analyze the subluxations based on temperature readings and superficial tissue changes along the spine and make sure that you “actually” need to be adjusted. Get checked first. Then, let the adjustment follow.

What Age Does One ‘Need’ Chiropractic

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The age long debate of Chiropractic care: when does one begin care? First, lets understand what Chiropractic is and what it is not. Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art of things natural; a system of adjusting the segments of the spinal column by hand only, for the correction of dis-ease, as addressed by B.J. Palmer, D.C. This simply means that Chiropractic deals with all things that are natural within the body.

When we use the word ‘dis-ease’ we are referring to an interference with the conductive tissues (nerves) of the body. What Chiropractors are trained to locate and adjust, if necessary, are vertebral subluxations. Misalignment’s of the spinal column that place undo stress upon a single nerve fiber are therefore creating a state of dysfunction within the body. Wouldn’t it be wise to start getting your child checked right away for subluxations?

We begin to take our children to the dentist when teeth begin to develop and form, because we want to make sure they are healthy and developing correctly. What about the central nerve system? The first system ever developed in the human body that makes all the tissue cells of the body…even the teeth! The dentist analogy while easy to use is even overlooked when using good nutrition. You don’t wait to feed your children healthy substantial vegetables and fruits until they are middle-aged: you do it right away. So, why in the health care industry of Chiropractic which is all things natural, would you wait to get their spines checked?

We have been brainwashed that Chiropractic is for middle-aged males who lift a heavy object and ‘throw their back out’. This is the farthest statement from the truth. Why would you wait to begin regular spinal check-ups to ensure optimal function of the central nerve system for developing children. Healthy central nerve system = healthy developing child.

We are an office with a particular focus on pediatrics. We understand that birth, even how amazing as it is, is a stressful situation for not only the mother, but the newborn as well. We cannot stress the importance of starting life off with a clear and functioning nerve system to reach certain milestones in childhood development without limitations. 

Why Specific Adjustments Matter

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Why do specific adjustments matter? When you’re paying bills, you want to pay the specific amount. When your aiming for a specific grade point average you want to hit specific results to achieve your intended results. Specificity is critical to just about every part of life, particularity when it comes to your health and well-being via Chiropractic care.

In Gonstead Chiropractic, specificity is what sets us apart. To make critical and accurate spinal adjustments to your central nerve system, the specificity must be obtained through x-ray analysis and multiple cross analysis to confirm what needs to be done. We use the word “adjustment” when a specific and dynamic thrust is applied to a subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column creating dysfunction within the spinal column) that is created when one’s body fails to adapt to the stressors placed on it. For Chiropractic care there is no one size fits all and everyone gets the same thing, if it was, then that would be called a spinal manipulation.

The opposite of an adjustment is a spinal manipulation. Wording is drastically important to know the difference between a specific Chiropractic adjustment and a manipulation.

·  A Chiropractic adjustment is specific, accurate, and a calculated thrust into a particular part of the spinal column that is warranted to a specific subluxation based on thorough STRUCTURAL analysis via x-rays and other criteria in the system.

·  A manipulation is a distasteful experiment to one’s body to try and create some sort of change with no knowledge to the location or direction of the spinal subluxation.

The structural factor that a subluxation creates is paramount to understanding how it impacts one’s overall health. The structural factor and how to correct it needs a physical approach, not a chemical equation. If you have a physical problem, you need a physical solution.