5 Components Of A Subluxation

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Breaking down a subluxation begins with the context of the word. “Sub” is derived from “less than” or “under” and “luxation” stemming from luxate which is to “dislocate”. So the proper meaning of subluxation is less than a full dislocation. Often times you may hear people say that they have a “pinched nerve” or they have “thrown their back out” which is the farthest thing from the truth. They are only expressing one component (muscular component) of the subluxation. Let’s break down the subluxation to gather the real insight.

The skeletal component: when a subluxation occurs the vertebrae above and below will be involved. The actual subluxation will create uneven displacement on the disc (the cushion in between the vertebrae) creating a bio-mechanical shift. Structurally, think of it as a kink in a bicycle chain, eventually everything becomes troubled as a result.

The muscular component: since nerves control muscles that establish proper position of vertebrae they are an integral part of the subluxation. When a nerve becomes irritated the surrounding muscle will become overexcited and inflamed as a process. People don’t feel their bones misaligned, they feel the pain in muscles. 

The soft tissue component: the subluxation will affect the surrounding tendons, ligaments and blood supply to which the nerve controls. The soft tissues can become stretched or scarred leaving the spine with either chronic instability or restriction.

The degeneration component: this is a result of neglecting the subluxation. When a subluxation exists uncorrected for years degeneration and decay begins within the spine. Mistakenly referred to as “normal” is the farthest thing from the truth. 

The neurological component: the most important factor involved with a subluxation. When a subluxation places undo stress upon a nerve the result is that all the tissues fed by that specific nerve become distorted from the brain and are unable to function normally. Overtime this will lead to a whole host of other conditions (signs and symptoms). Think of this as your organs, glands, and tissue cells receiving poor cell phone reception from the brain because they cannot accurately understand what to do.

Chiropractors focus on correcting the cause of your problem, not just on suppressing your symptoms. #getchecked



How Long Does Chiropractic Care Last?

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Great question!  The age old adage is that when you start seeing a Chiropractor you will have to keep going.  Why?  This statement has merit yet without the proper context seems like insanity.  Chiropractic is a natural approach to health focusing specifically and solely on the central nerve system (the master control system).  Without an optimal functioning central nerve system health itself cannot manifest.  All the systems of the human body are controlled, regulated, and coordinated everyday via the central nerve system.  SAFE to say that health comes from within the body! 

A Chiropractor is a trained professional that utilizes hands-on adjustments. We are the only profession skilled in naturally finding and correcting dysfunction (subluxations) within the central nerve system via adjustments. Now, this does not answer the question how long Chiropractic care lasts, yet it is sufficient to understand our role.

How long Chiropractic care lasts is ultimately up the patient.  It’s similar to saying “how long would I like to stay healthy?”  Chiropractic care is not an ER visit.  While some do utilize Chiropractic in this fashion, you will only ever receive ER (quick fix) results with your care rather than lasting effects. It’s basically saying that only 1 time a month you will eat some sort of vegetable to keep you strong and vibrant.  Does it work?  It doesn’t cause you any harm.  Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-less approach to health and your overall well-being.  The care is adapted to each patient and how their body either requires more or less. We have a pharmacy inside us that is absolutely exquisite, it makes the right medicine for the precise time, for the right target organ – with no side effects – Deepak Chopra.  The Law of supply and demand. 

Think of it this way.  When you visit a medical doctor for a symptom you typically receive a medication.  Present a symptom and we will present you with a pill.  The purpose of the pill is to create a chemical imbalance within the body thus masking the symptom. How long should you be on the pill?  Maybe a couple of weeks or until the symptoms resolve.  Did your body heal and adapt? NO!  So, when the symptoms show up again a week later because you are off the pill you should probably go back on it…and for a longer period of time this round.  So, when do we ever truly stop the cascade of events?  Why not incorporate a natural, drug less approach to health and your overall well-being.  The human body, when it is functioning on all cylinders, will make any chemical that it requires.  You only need to stay healthy.  How long does Chiropractic care last? You decide.  You can make time for wellness or you can make time for sickness later. 

Why Do You Have Butterflies In Your Stomach?

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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.

 

 

 

 

How You “Think” Doesn’t Impact My Health…Think Again!

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Thinking Doesn’t Impact My Health…Think Again!

Think About What You Think About

Most people would suspect that physical trauma is the number one reason why people seek Chiropractic care.  But in actuality, the number one reason why people seek care is due to how they think, or emotional stress.  How you think directly impacts your health.  Early Chiropractic philosophy stated that “Auto-Suggestions” was one reason why people would seek care.  It was their inability to adapt to their own auto-suggestions.  Today we supplement the phrase auto-suggestions with stress.  Stress is what brings people into the office.  Our thinking process either creates positive affirmations or emotional stress.

The Chemical Break-Down of Thinking

When your body begins to become bombarded with obligations such as bills, taxes, and daily routines, internal changes occur that alter your thought process.  Chemically, your internal monolog will increase adrenalin, blood glucose, cortisol, and even cholesterol levels.  Serotonin will be the one chemical that actually decreases as a result of stress.  Serotonin, commonly known as the “happiness chemical”, is a huge factor in your mood and getting quality sleep to rest your body.

The Physiological Response to Thinking

The chemicals in the previous paragraph will begin to alter your brain activity and how your body responds.  So, how you think now will begin to impact your health in a way you can understand…in a way that you actually feel. Your quality of sleep is severely depleted, your immune system is compromised, heart rate will spike, and your blood pressure will begin to rise.  Along with these noticeable symptoms, you will also feel increased muscle tension and knots along the spine.  All of this as a result of your thinking!

Chiropractic Can Change How You Think

When the spine is properly aligned and free of interference, your thought process is limited in its negative abilities.  After receiving a specific chiropractic adjustment, there is a 99% correlation that your pre-frontal cortex becomes enhanced.  What does this mean?  The pre-frontal cortex of your brain controls planning, complex cognitive behavior, personality, expression, decision making, and moderating social behavior.  In simple terms, it controls how you think.  Specific chiropractic adjustments help the positive thought process.  Stay adjusted, stay positive!

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Keeping Yourself Natural

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We are stoked to provide material for the 406 magazine.  Newest article is out about Keeping Yourself Natural.  Understanding that people will try to sell you health and what to be aware of when in the pursuit of making sure you are healthy.  Fads and trends will always be out there.  Stick to what works.  Read our article on page 54.  Click here for online version.

The Secret To Man’s Best Exercise

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The Secret To Man’s Best Exercise

Exercise…It’s Too Easy

Do you think exercise is easy?  When it comes to your overall health and well-being the best exercise has been around for a very long time.  It’s called posture.  In reality, striving for amazing posture is no secret.  The notion of having good posture in our society is so far saturated with cover-ups due to the fact of how simple it is.  The biggest reason posture is misunderstood for the “magical” benefits it possess it because you cannot SELL it.  If you cannot make a profit off of it, what really is it worth?

The Best Exercise Is Still The Same

Is posture really an exercise?  Having good posture is actually really hard-work.  Take standing for instance.  It is a lot “easier” to slump over and have lethargic posture as opposed to standing straight-up.  The same can be said when we are sitting down.  Having the right posture means that the right muscles are working the way they should be.  With bad posture comes abnormal movement patterns that we begin to perceive as “normal.”

Get Back To The Spine…It’s No Secret

As a chiropractor we check and adjust vertebral subluxations along the spine.  After a patient receives a specific adjustment the BEST exercise that they can perform is to be diligent with their posture.  There are no gimmicks here.  It is that simple.  The spine is a “tunnel” that houses and protects the most important part of your body, the central nerve system.  Once adjusted, the spine feeds proper nutrients back to the brain.  Maintaining posture enables uninhibited flow of communication.

Re-Route The Posture

After a specific adjustment, your top priority is your posture.  Bad posture creates detours along the spine which will inhibit your overall functionality.  The first symptom experienced with bad posture is low energy.  When you use muscles, tendons, and ligaments inappropriately, your body will feel like it is working overtime.  This is the complete opposite of a healthy exercise.  Exercise can be harmful if done wrong.

What Does “My Back’s Out” Actually Mean?

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What Does “My Back’s Out” Actually Mean?

If you have ever heard someone say that “My back’s out”, what in actuality do you think that means?  In chiropractic schooling we have not been taught this meaning before.  This term “My back’s out” is something that our society uses to classify some sort of back ailment.  To answer the question, let’s look into what people are actually trying to make sense of.

 My Back’s Out To Dinner?

No, your back does not go out to dinner without you.  What are people actually feeling?  Enter the subluxation.  When a subluxtion is present within the spine for years and goes on unintended, it begins to manifest.  A subluxation is chronic irritation to a nerve fiber.  When a nerve becomes irritated the brain does not fully grasp what is going on inside the body.  The brain becomes disconnected and the body begins to suffer.  A subluxation creates different patterns within the body.  One doctor of chiropractic described a subluxation as creating a new inner reality of what we perceive as healthy.

Your Back Does Not Leave You

Your back cannot simply go “out.”  The cold hard truth is that what people actually begin to feel is often muscle imbalances.  When a subluxation exists for an extended period of time uncorrected the brain will create abnormal movement patterns.  These patterns are facilitated and controlled via an irritated nerve fiber.  Ask yourself, do you feel happy when you are irritated?  Most likely not, so imagine the distraught messages the nerve will be sending to the muscles when irritated for numerous years.  Chronic muscle spasms, knots, tension, and other characteristics of a subluxation will manifest superficially within your body.  Often, this is what people will begin to express as their “back going-out.”

Get “It” Back In

With regards to your back “going -out” the same can be said for your back “getting – in.”  When you do get adjusted your back does not simply go “back in.”  The noises that you hear after an adjustment is called a cavitation or often referred to as: popping, cracking, snapping, etc.  Instantly you can feel good after an adjustment due to hormones being released.  It takes time to fully retrain the central nerve system. Get your nerves checked and ask your chiropractor questions. #getchecked

Is Your Child Out Of Balance?

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Is  Your Child Out Of Balance?

Understanding your child is unique and specific towards each family.  Tendencies for one child will most likely be the complete opposite for the next child.  This can be said for personality and how our children are developing.  Common signs that your child needs to be checked though are specific towards the central nerve system.  Keep in mind these are “common,”  every child is different in how they express stress on the central nerve system.  Finding the balance of your child is what we do. For Instance:

  • Slow recovery from illness
  • Poor concentration
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor sleep
  • Sensitive to gut problems

What Is IN Balance Mean?

When the central nerve system is properly connected to the body, the body does not express symptoms.  Remember the very first developed in utero is the brain and spinal column (central nerve system, CNS).  For the CNS made everything else in the body and controls it’s action till this day.  Being in balance is meaning being connected and functioning at optimal potential.  Without limitations.

  • What does slow recovery from illness mean?  If you do get sick…great.  Now, it’s time to adapt and get over it.  You should not be sick for an extended period of time nor should you be chronically sick.
  • Poor concentration.  Imagine if you body is disconnected.  This is the same concept as an animal that is being backed up into a corner.  The body will be more in tune making sure its getting by on a day to day basis.  Concentration is the least of concerns when the body is in fight mode.
  • Hyperactivity.  This builds off our previous statement of poor concentration.  Fight mode means more adrenal gland activity.  Which in turn will suppress “relaxing” hormones.
  • Poor sleep.  The last thing the body is ready to do when disconnected is rest.  It NEEDS to rest and relax.  It will enter into this phase of healing happily though.  The body just needs the right guidance.
  • Sensitive to gut problems.  The “new” theory of the “Brain-Gut connection.”  Guess what, the brain has always been connected to the gut.  The bodies wiring has not changed for some time (enter smiley face).  Constipation, re-flux, food sensitivity, and etc etc can all be linked to improper balance.

Get your children checked for possible verterbral subluxations withing the central nerve system.  To learn more about Gonstead chiropractic check our website.  www.kalispellchiropractic.com