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Don’t Fool The Body With Tricks

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It’s that time of year again when the fool’s and jester’s come out to play. April 1st is upon us and we need to be cautious of the tricks and misdirection to come. Like the biggest prankster in the 5th grade, your body can also play jokes on you. We are talking about symptoms (or lack of symptoms) which can be understandingly misleading.  

It is crucial to get checked by a Chiropractor, and not only on April 1st. Chiropractors do not get fooled by these symptoms but seek the underlying CAUSE for why they are occurring in the first place. Symptoms are simply how the body is expressing a hidden issue at hand. While symptoms are an important piece, we are confident that through our thorough and unmatched Gonstead analysis, we will correct the CAUSE. Above, we stated that a ‘lack of symptoms’ can also be misleading, we see this all of the time. The nerve system controls 100% of all bodily functions. This includes organs, glands, tissue cells, everything! You are a master of 10% of these nerves. This specific 10% carries sensory information from the body to the brain (pain, touch, aches, etc.). The other 90% is in control of movement and bodily functions, which cannot be felt. Often, dysfunctions of these systems can be apparent even if you are unable to ‘feel’ it. Don’t get fooled, get checked!

It should be noted that the body was and never is destined to fail. Sickness, dis-ease, or those sneaky symptoms are a result of the body’s inability to communicate efficiently between brain and body via the nerve system. When this communication is hindered, the body’s optimal performance is reduced and symptoms arise. Chiropractors are more accurately known not as ‘back doctors’ but nerve system specialists. We will continue to seek the CAUSE of your symptoms by checking your nerve system from scratch, every visit. Let us bring HOPE and an ANSWER to you and your family.

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How Your Spine Moves Influences Your Brain

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How your spine moves influences your brain. Which ultimately means how your spine moves impacts your overall health. The rationale behind this statement is that your brain is better known as the central nervous system. The spine itself is a direct extension of the brain. The CNS is your master controller, it makes, coordinates, and controls every cell, tissue, and organ within the body. Your reality of how healthy you really are is created within the brain, this input comes exclusively through the spinal column.  

 The experiences that your brain interprets creates your status of either being healthy or unhealthy based purely on spinal movement. This comes from past experiences in your life that the CNS learns whether it being negative or positive or from new experiences creating new channels, called neuro-plasticity. 

A subluxation can exist within the spinal column which places undo stress upon your spinal nerves. As a direct result the entire body will suffer as a consequence of this single limitation. The autonomic nerve system (blood vessels, organs, and glands) enters into a state of fight or flight. Unfortunately, your body can “get used to” this state of using things harder and faster just to maintain your life and the CNS will no longer be able to properly control the body when a subluxation exists.  

 A subluxation not only creates internal stress and limitations on your bodies systems but  it also creates bio-mechanical dysfunction, your movement patterns. The subluxation limits the communication to ALL systems in the human body. One of them being the musculoskeletal which will create changes in how you move. The specific segment that is subluxated will not be initiated correctly when the brain needs it to and will generate movement even when not needed. Overtime this will produce chronic tightness, muscle spasms, and lead to poor energy levels. Energy flows where attention goes. What you focus on grows. Focus on your health by keeping the spine in proper alignment.

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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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Being Healthy Is Not Addictive…It Is Rewarding

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Being Healthy Is Not Addictive… It Is Rewarding

Your Body Rewards Itself

People often say on social media blasts that chiropractic is “addictive”.  Well… to put this slanderous phrase aside we would not be breaking glass by telling you that the opiate epidemic is gaining more and more fuel for being…. addictive.  Chiropractic is a natural healing art, science, and philosophy that is based on restoring normal tone between the brain and body connection, it is not additive.  It’s rewarding.  A great deal of confusion exists about the proper role of Chiropractic.  Chiropractic deals strictly with the central nervous system (CNS) the most important system in the human body (it created every system in your body).  Chiropractors look for irritated nerves that result from subluxations that exist along the spinal column.  These subluxations create undo stress upon the CNS and plague the body with a sympathetic dominance, fight or flight mode, state of health.  The nerve system that exits through the spinal column is an extension of the brain.  Every spinal nerve MADE, controls, and regulates every cell, organ, and tissue fiber in your body!

 

When interference exists from the brain/body connection via a subluxation it is the Chiropractors job to locate and specifically adjust the subluxation.  When the interfered nerve is safely and accurately adjusted it can correct the subluxation that is causing the dysfunction within the body.  The innate power within the body is responsible for healing and restoring the correct impulses from the brain body connection.  Why would your body not reward itself for positive activities and a process that it seeks to restore itself?  Your body is designed to heal naturally without the need for drugs. Chiropractic works to remove blocks to enhance your body’s natural healing ability.

 

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As The Twig Is Bent So Grow’s Your Child’s Spine

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As The Twig Is Bent So Grow’s Your Child’s Spine

Stimulate and energize natural health at the beginning of life.  Why would you want to wait and attempt to mend or restore the spine in later stages?  There is nothing that will give you greater physical, mental, or psychological pleasure than to cultivate good health.  Good health will give you more energy than a pep pill.  It will make you see, feel and hear to the fullest potential.  The early years of life are monumental in sustaining and prolonging good health.  Increase resistance and reduce susceptibility by becoming proactive in you and your families spinal care.

Life Happens

The early years of life is when the central nervous system (CNS) is at its most active and development is just beginning to take place.  Even going back to after conception and the embryonic stage the CNS is the first thing to flourish.  This includes the baby’s brain, spinal cord, and nerves to develop arms, legs, tissues and everything that makes you, you.  The condition of your child’s spine and nerve endings during the early formative years will play a role in his or her future health.  There are certain windows of opportunity when tissues and organs are still developing during the early stages of childhood and a seemingly unimportant spinal injury erupt  into adulthood illnesses.  For this reason alone it is especially important that children’s spines be periodically checked by a chiropractor.  Prevention beats correction every time!

Turn On Chiropractic

Children do suffer from misalignment’s of the spinal column through falls, sports, minor incidents and stress, these misalignment are called subluxations.  When a subluxation goes uncorrected it will place undo stress on the spinal nerve leading to a lack of functional impulses from the brain.  Impulses are constantly sent from the brain, down the spinal column and branched out to every part of the body.  A subluxation will interfere with the nerves ability to properly coordinate and regulate life.  The severity of illness depends on the degree to which life force is shut off by a subluxation resulting the the nerves inability to function correctly.  Chiropractic restores life by releasing imprisoned life impulses. #getchecked

 

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New 406 Article Is Out….Immune Support

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New 406 Article Is Out….Immune Support

Check out the latest 406 article on supporting the Immune System…Naturally!  We are on page 48 of this issue!  Click HERE to go directly to the link!  If your lifestyle does not include enough motion, your body cannot function efficiently.  The central nervous system plays a major role in immune function. Do whatever you can to keep your immune system working properly by removing any source of irritation and keeping your spine healthy and aligned. READ ON AND CLICK THE LINK TO LEARN MORE!

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Sustaining Your Immune System Through The Winter

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Sustaining Your Immune System Through The Winter

Sustaining your immune system is imperative every part of the year.  There just so happens to be a big push and advertisement swing during the winter months in the northern hemisphere for several reasons.  The first reason is the most obvious yet often blurred due to the fact that buying the latest and greatest immune system “boosters” is a money maker.  Are people really trying to help you “boost” your immune system with the latest and greatest? Remember capitalism is the name of the game. Instead of the latest and greatest ways to boost your immune system, stick with what works and has worked for very  long long long long (you get my drift) period of time.

Who Do You Trust

Take, for instance, something off the shelf. Do you read labels of these claims, that your immune system will become “75% better after consumption”, and yet it’s  sold at the local gas station? Do you trust that everything is safe because it wouldn’t be sold if it wasn’t? This responsibility of making sure something is safe to consume comes down to the hands of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  According to the 2003 report of the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of CDER reviewers revealed that 66% lacked confidence in the FDA’s safety monitoring of marketed prescription drugs, and 18% had felt pressure to approve a drug despite reservations about its quality, efficacy, or safety.

David Graham, Associate Director of the FDA’s Office of Drug Safety stated, “The FDA is inherently biased in favor of the pharmaceutical industry. It views industry as its client, whose interests it must represent, it views its primary mission as approving as many drugs as it can regardless of whether the drugs are safe or needed.”, recorded in an interview that appeared in Fraud Magazine (September/October 2005 issue).

Normam Shealy, MD, PhD, International Institute of Holistic Medicine, MO:  “Interestingly, the ‘PharmacoMafia’ has to find evidence of only 5% above average placebo of 35% to claim a drug is ‘effective.’  No drug is 100% effective and virtually all produce complications called side effects. The bottom line is: What does effective mean? What does evidence – or science – based mean?”

You’ve Got To Nourish To Flourish

You’ve got to nourish the inside of the body to take care of the outside.  Sustaining the immune system is a YEAR round project. The immune system does choose to take days off and begin functioning during the winter months.  The central nervous system plays a major role in immune function. Do whatever you can to keep your immune system working properly by removing any source of irritation and keeping your spine healthy and aligned. Nature needs no help, just no interference – B.J. Palmer.

 

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Basic Physics Of The Spine

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Basic Physics Of The Spine

Basic physics of the spine begins with the foundation.  To insure durability, every engineer, architect, builder and carpenter knows the importance of a strong foundation.  Any minute change or shift in the foundation will cause deviation in the top part of the structure and, perhaps, ultimately its collapse.  The pelvic girdle is the body’s foundation to maintaining proper communication lines open for the central nerve system (CNS). The CNS, which encompasses the brain and spinal cord, is your body’s lifeline for every function, action and experience you encounter in life.  The vertebrae house and protect the spinal nerves that control organs, cells, tissues and glands.

Open communication

When the pelvic girdle is properly sustained, the CNS has open communication.  Dramatic changes begin to ensue when a subluxation exists in the pelvic girdle; therefore, maximum efficiency and function of the CNS cannot be obtained without a sustainable pelvic girdle.  Subluxations in the spine are easily recognized and will produce symptoms. The first symptoms of subluxated vertebraes will often be internal and range from asthma, allergies, infertility, colic, bed-wetting and the list goes on and on.  However, the pelvis does NOT have nerve endings and subluxations related to the pelvic region can be easily overlooked when one is not familiar with the symptoms.

The Cause

While adjusting and correcting subluxations of the upper part of the spinal column is beneficial, addressing the cause of the problem begins with a full spinal approach to each patient starting from the bottom – up.   For complete and lasting results, the subluxations that are created as a result of a pelvis subluxation need to be properly restored while still balancing and maintaining the integrity of the pelvis. Just think of the chronic forward head posture that we create with our daily lives (cell phones, gadgets, computers).  This puts an immense amount of pressure on the neck and upper back. The pelvic girdle, being your center of gravity, has to maintain function and coordination during extended periods of forward head flexion. The big payoff with good pelvic stability is that we feel healthier, have more energy and move gracefully.

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What Do You Consider Pain To Be?

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What Do You Consider Pain To Be?

What do you actually consider pain to be?  When we typically think of pain, we assume it is associated with slamming your hand in a door or some sort of injury, trauma or action that produces the sensation of discomfort.  Our culture assumes that chiropractic care is strictly for pain relief. Furthest assumption from the actual truth. The first “pain” that you might experience may not be a pain at all.   The first sign of a spinal problem is actually the first symptom you have.  A symptom being: lethargy, constipation, IBS, allergies, migraines, infertility, reflux and the list goes on and on.  Symptoms should be the first “PAIN” that is recognized. It would be easier if we ended the symptom with the word pain: lethargy pain, constipation pain, IBS pain, allergy pain, migraine pain, infertility pain, reflux pain…and so on.

Symptoms Are Pain And Pain Are Symptoms

They are one and the same.  Symptoms are pains and pains are symptoms.  Even the definition of SYMPTOM (a sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation…) states that any known symptom is painful due to the fact that it is undesirable.  Too often we simply get used to a symptom and it becomes a part of our life and we accept it.  When this happens, you are learning to live with pain. Why not learn to live freely and without the presence of dysfunction within the body.  No one was born to be sick.

Take The Road Less Traveled

The easiest way that your body will let you know that dysfunction is present will be through red flags, alarms and any other way to communicate internally that something is amiss.  Your body lets you know via SYMPTOMS. When a nerve is unable to supply the proper demand of energy to the visceral (cells, tissues, glands, organs) the body begins to “act out”. The nerve supply is hindered via a subluxation that exists and limits the potential of the visceral it is supposed to coordinate.  Address the symptoms at the root of the cause. Look to the spine for the cause.

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Sustaining Your Daily Energy…Naturally

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Sustaining Your Daily Energy…Naturally

Energy, energy, energy.  We have seen it all when it comes to quick fixes of “getting” your energy back.  When energy deficits begin to affect our daily routine, we have a tendency to look for external sources of energy.  The latest trends will attempt to entice you about gaining energy, e.g., caffeine pills, vitamin B shots, “natural” additive supplements and the list goes on and on.  Instead of adding external sources, let’s think about what looking within the body will do…naturally.

Restoring Your Internal Structure

Gravity, whether you believe in it or not… exists.  The spine is made up of skeletal bones and connective tissues (discs) that protect your most important system in the entire body, the central nerve system (CNS).  When you look at the human figure from the front, the spine is supposed to be completely straight. When you look at the human figure from the side, there are supposed to be three distinct curves in the spine.  The design and structure of the spine enables your body to combat gravity and function properly. For example, when you jump the spine acts as sort of a shock absorber for your body.

Subluxations can occur in the spinal column.  A subluxation is a misalignment within the spine that irritates a nerve fiber and can create a chain reaction everywhere in the body.  This can cause stress and undo tension. As a result of a subluxation, more energy will be consumed to maintain your center of gravity.  The top source of energy consumption in the body is the musculoskeletal system. The CNS made the spine (skeletal system) which then requires muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue (musculoskeletal system) to maintain proper structure.  Throw a subluxation into the mix and your muscles will begin to work OVER-TIME. The source of energy that is used internally to power contraction is adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is not abundantly stored within the tissue cells of the body. So, when an existing subluxation remains uncorrected for an extended period of time, the muscles make unnecessary amounts of ATP.  This in turn depletes your body’s overall ability to produce sustainable energy throughout the day.  In fact, when your ATP stores are quickly depleted, your muscles will gather energy from other sources within your body.  Overall, fatiguing your attempt to sustain an energy filled day.

Restoring your spine by removing subluxations will naturally increase your energy throughout the day by optimizing proper energy use.  Chiropractic care focuses on life, health, healing and well-being…naturally.