Be weary, once you go to the Chiropractor you might have to go back… DUH. You will want to go back. Often times we hear this with new patients who have no understanding of Chiropractic care other than reading a blog or hearing something a friend said passing by about what Chiropractic is. “Time has and always will perpetuate those methods which better serve mankind. Chiropractic is no exception to that rule.” – B.J. Palmer.
Why would you want to come back? It’s called neuroplasticity. It’s enabling your body to adapt and heal itself. It’s not a new concept, it’s actually been around FOREVER. Your brain is designed to protect you and create a healthy living environment. Just like how a dis-ease process begins to appear or something bad happens in the body… it takes time. With neuroplasticity, the brain can learn to be in a chronic state of sickness and pain. No different than the brain creating a positive life of health.
To change the input and output of the brain takes time. When a subluxation (misalignment in the spine) places undo stress upon a single nerve fiber the entire body will become overexcited. In time this over-excitement when left uncorrected uses more than it should, consumes more tissue cells than it should, and creates a state of dis-ease in the body. Your brain begins to learn this state of living. A new reality is created in a negative presence.
Coming back to the Chiropractor ensures the right subluxations are corrected and adjusted to enable your body to build on the positive. Coming back ensures neuroplasticity is creating a positive reality with open channels throughout the central nerve system with no interference. The simplest way to think about creating positive change is to incorporate orthodontics into the equation. When is the last time you ever heard of someone asking for a “tooth adjustment” in one day to correct changes that have existed for years? Come back, it’s great for you in more ways than you can even imagine. You are 100% in control of you.
There is a sense of overwhelming peace when you know that there is hope in any given situation. This simple four-letter word provides security for not only the future, but also for time and space where one currently resides. Commonly seen today in the medical model approach, hope seems to be the first thing that is stripped away. Labels of weakness, dis-ease, and fear understandingly drive any mind to a place where optimism simply cannot exist.
We are here to tell you that there is hope! The body is not weak nor is it destined for sickness. All of us have an intelligent, self-governing and self-regulating system that controls every function of the body and its healing capabilities. In fact, this innate intelligence that is in you today, has been with you since one cell became two in your mothers womb – Pretty neat. However this internal homeostatic-system can become reduced when bombarded with external factors. Similar to poor cell reception, when stress, i.e. physical, chemical, or emotional stress is placed on the body, necessary nerve communication becomes less than optimal, insert dis-ease here.
A chiropractors primary responsibility is to locate this undo stress placed on the Central Nerve System via vertebral subluxations. When this subluxation is corrected and optimal communication of our Central Nerve System is restored, healing will naturally occur. Healing is an inborn potential that simply needs to be unleashed. Bj Palmer said it best, “While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body; Chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment.” We know that the body needs no help once we remove nerve interference, and this is the role of the chiropractor. Outside of altering normal physiology (drugs) and altering normal biomechanics (surgery) what if there was a different way? Because the Central Nerve System controls every tissue, organ, glad, and cell in our body, healing can still exist when optimal communication between brain and body is restored. This is why it is crucial to get checked.
Specificity matters. Without specificity you have nothing. In the Gonstead method of Chiropractic specificity is KEY. One of the first and most important criteria that enables specificity is the x-ray analysis. X-ray analysis allows the Chiropractor to pinpoint the specific subluxations (misalignment’s) that need corrected and more importantly to find the compensations that do not need to be corrected. Without this criteria one can simply guess as to the correct subluxation.
The specific adjustment should be applied in the direction which is consistent with the physiological movement of the vertebra being adjusted. The contact point should be as precise as possible so that the concentrated force is delivered in the structures that need be. It should be stated that the specific adjustment is in the form of a dynamic thrust that is introduced into the body, and the innate intelligence of that body will utilize the dynamic thrust, to make the necessary corrections and reduce subluxation, thereby removing nerve interference.
The primary objective in Chiropractic is to remove irritation to the central nerve system by securing normal structural relationships. Specificity is key because everyone does not have the same problem. There is no cookie-cutter formula to Chiropractic and everyone does not receive the same adjustment. The adjustment is specific and unique to you based on your structural relationship of your spinal column. Life is motion, and chiropractic seeks to restore motion objectively for your spine and yours alone.
Utilizing the Gonstead method of Chiropractic grants the Chiropractic a system, analysis, and a scientific protocol that can be applied to everyone. When you have a method of Chiropractic that is replicable due to the fact that it produces results based on each different patient, then you have validity which produces a scientific approach. If you’re tired of treating symptoms and just getting by, Gonstead Chiropractic seeks the specific cause of why. In order to be truly healthy, it’s vital that your central nerve system be functioning free of interference.
According to journalist Anna Quindlen, the greatest advance in health care in our lifetime has not been transplants or new pharmaceuticals: it has been the rise of the informed consumer. Now, with this knowledge often comes with a mix of good and bad results. Just look how the internet has changed our perspective on “How to’s” or “fix it yourself” videos or blogs that give you insight. A great example of this is Pinterest. There are whole sites out there dedicated to “Pinterest Fails” (people who have attempted to do it themselves and failed).
The message is quite similar when talking about what Chiropractic is and what it is not. Many of the confusions that come with Chiropractic are represented by Chiropractors themselves and have brought disarray to the public mind as to what Chiropractic embraces. Chiropractic does not fall into traditional “health care” as this is really a sickness business that only functions re-actively, after people have become sick. Chiropractic is about focusing health care on staying healthy and preventing sickness.
Think of a Chiropractor as a bio-engineer, they seek to correct the faulty structure of the human body and enable the body to adapt itself. We have established that a subluxation perpetuates disease by irritation of the central nerve system. This is established that a subluxation is a change in environment of a joint and that it causes irritation of the nerve system. Furthermore, the irritation of the central nerve system results in the cause of alteration in the transmission of impulses, and that is the cause of most disease.
One fact remains and does not change for what Chiropractic is. The removal of subluxation, particularly within the vertebral column, for the correction of dis-ease and restoration of health, is Chiropractic. One may alter the method of practice for some unknown reason or alter the definition. However, the basic truth of Chiropractic cannot be altered. Anything other than this basic truth and its intended application is not and cannot be identified as Chiropractic.
Inform yourself with what Chiropractic is and what it is not. Ask your Chiropractor! Inspire people to know the truth, seek the truth! #getchecked
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.
Proper Structure = Proper Posture
Special attention must be given when talking and differentiating between structure and posture. Definition of structure – the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex. The human body is COMPLEX to say the least. In Chiropractic we utilize the science that the body is an entire unit. The patient is an entity and must be dealt with as such. The primary need is to correct all faults in the entire architecture of the patient.
In Chiropractic we visualize the spinal column via x-ray analysis to understand the health of the most important and complex system within your entire body…the central nerve system. Your spinal structure is often hindered by vertebral subluxations that create chaos within the most complex system in the body. Nevertheless, structural corrections must be made to restore normal flow of the CNS. Imagine the importance of x-ray’s and getting a clear understanding of what to do for the patient, most importantly though, of what not to do. Primo Non Nocere (First, not to injure).
Proper spinal structure will bring about proper posture. The definition of posture- the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting. People can have “good” posture and still have a poor spinal structure. Imagine how much more energy the body would have if the spinal structure was intact within the proper limits. When subluxations exist within the spinal column, your muscles begin to work harder and faster than they should to maintain the constant fight of gravity. Your body is always attempting to right itself and make sure the eyes are level to go throughout your day. Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. Posture is on the outside of the body and we know that it’s the inside that counts. It’s the inside of the body that heals, adapts, and makes corrections. The body craves alignment. Making good structural corrections will lead to the proper posture.
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
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.
Why do you Have Butterflies in Your Stomach?
Have You Swallowed Butterflies?
A good majority of people have probably experienced an episode of butterflies in their stomach. You may have felt this sensation before a public speaking event, asking a lady on a date or feeling embarrassed for some reason. Butterflies in your stomach is technically not a sensation, but more of a reaction. This reaction is brought on by your innate ability to protect yourself.
Butterflies In Your Stomach Protect You!
A branch of nerves called the sympathetic nerve system is also known as your fight or flight response. When your internal monologue enters into survival mode, you automatically trigger the fight or flight response. The Brain-Gut connection comes into fruition with this reaction to stressors. The brain has a tendency to “overreact” and send more electrical messages to the gut when our body is responding to stress. Basically, it’s the muscles in your stomach freaking out.
Balancing the Stressors
The central nerve system (CNS) goes to every organ, gland, tissue, muscle and cell of the body. Chiropractic’s focus is to allow the CNS to function without interference or to remove the subluxation. The subluxation is a “blown fuse” and your body reacts by expressing itself outwardly via symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments do not “cure” the butterflies in your stomach; instead they balance your stress response by releasing ‘feel good’ factors in the body. After an adjustment, your body becomes ENHANCED and begins adapting, particularity the pre-frontal cortex in the brain which controls your thoughts, emotions, and cognitive behavior.
Watch Out For Butterflies in Your Stomach
What can we learn from this? As we teach patients about their health and well-being, we stress the importance of knowing us before you need us. The best time to get checked and adjusted is before your event. You want to make sure your body is firing on all cylinders and this begins with your CNS. Your brain controls every cell in your body, even the butterflies in your stomach. Keep your spine aligned and the connection flowing with chiropractic.