Brush Your Spine

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Brush your spine ever? Hopefully not. Just a simple analogy to further educate the importance of active spinal care. Think of when a tooth begins to hurt and produces symptoms of a cavity. Just because the pain started today does not mean that the problem just ‘showed up.’ If you neglect your teeth they will not only show it from an appearance stand point, yet also from a dysfunctional problem when tooth problems begin. If you do not take care of your teeth they have a tendency to fall out…bummer. If you do not take care of you central nerve system health problems begin to arise.

Your spine protects the most important structure in the entire body: the central nerve system. Regular chiropractic check-ups prevent the spine from breaking down and creating subluxations (misalignment within the spinal column placing undo stress upon the central nerve system). Believe it or not the spine and central nerve system are vastly more important than your teeth. Just because you cannot physically see your spine like your teeth, does not mean that it’s less important. On the contrary. There is a reason the central nerve system is protected by ‘spinal bones’. To protect!

The ‘breaking down’of the spine exists through subluxations. When you do not maintain spinal hygiene the body is not able to properly adapt which increases your susceptibility of subluxations, spinal decay, and health problems which ensue with improper communication between the brain and body. Subluxations are the physical representation of symptoms. It’s not that a symptom is a subluxation: sublxuations produce symptoms due to the distortion of a spinal bone, placing undo stress upon a single nerve fiber thus creating a state of dis-ease within the nerve system. As a result, tissue cells that the nerve controls will not become adequately supplied and functioning at 100%. Subsequently, health problems manifest.

You don’t have to ‘brush your spine’ to be healthy. You just need to take care of the things that matter most. A healthy inside results in a healthy body on the outside. 

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 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. 

Freedom Of Health

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This time of year is always very exciting. Fireworks, friends, family, parades we will indeed celebrate to our fullest potential. We live in a special place where we have freedom to act and think however we please, without hindrance or restraining order. Nothing is sweeter than Freedom! Like the America’s departing from the Monarch of Britain, we can depart from the restraints that are holding us back from freedom in health. Our true potential awaits! Chiropractic had not been established in 1776, however we now offer a better way for you and your family to achieve freedom in health. We can all agree that health is not valued until it has been lost, laying in the hospital bed, sick at home, or watching a loved one suffer. This negative experience begins the typical model of traditional medicine: Crisis occurs, and we respond re-actively, due to the circumstances, over and over again in a continual cycle. Were you or your family members just unlucky or is there something else going on? Why did Jimmy get sick, but Timmy did not? True health cannot be found in a bottle, vile, or anything external. Health is found within.

Your Nerve System, the most important structure in your body controls and mediates the healing process of every cell, every tissue, and every organ. The reason why Jimmy got sick and Timmy did not, is solely their body’s ability to adapt in an environment. The key player that causes the Nerve System to have a hindrance or restraining order is a subluxation. The subluxation reduces our freedom of health because it places undo stress on the most important structure in our body. Thus we lose our ability to be our best and most expressive self. With the liberation of these subluxations through specific Gonstead chiropractic adjustments, the Nerve System is freed and expression is restored. In life you are either constantly heading towards sickness or heading towards better health. When we observe our health with an ability to adapt to our environment, instead of fearing the unknown timing of a crisis, we can work proactively on your health. This way of life results in achieving true freedom in health and a break in the continual cycle. We were designed to be dynamic, limitless, and free. We thank you for seeking your fullest potential and better health.

Time To Trade In Your Spine

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Steve Jobs first introduced the Macintosh computer in 1984.  It was the first commercially successful personal computer ever at that time.  Since 1984 there has been numerous modifications, upgrades, and changes to make the personal computer even better! Technology constantly is changing and improving to better serve the public masses.  Your body in fact is a computer.  The central nerve system (CNS) is the master controller of all parts of your body, and is constantly adapting to the surrounding environment that you place it under.

Taking the time to ensure that your CNS is optimally functioning helps confirm that your body is able to adapt, modify, and continually function at its optimal potential. This is vitally important due to the fact that you cannot upgrade this version of your body for the newest and latest model. Your version is based on your birth. The longer you have this computer the longer it becomes outdated. You have to take care of what you are given to make sure your model is up to date in the best way that it can be. Self care comes at the cost of looking within the “computer”, the inner parts are what keep the outside functioning and looking pristine.

Instead of waiting to take care of a problem that occurs within your computer, why wouldn’t you want to have regular check-ups to ensure optimal speed, data collection, and firing on all cylinders. When you look to health, look to the spine first and foremost. The chiropractic approach to health care considers the many lifestyle factors, such as exercise, diet, alignment, relaxation, rest and your environment, that affect your health which directly create a positive or negative impact on your CNS. It’s up to you to start making healthy choices today.  

Healthy Central Nerve System = Healthy Immune System

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The master control system (central nerve system, CNS) directly coordinates and controls every other system in the human body. Second to the CNS in importance of keeping our bodies in optimal health is the immune system. The immune system is our body’s natural defense against foreign invaders such as toxins, pollutants, bacteria, germs and other external stressors. Your body is constantly on guard to defend against such stressors and needs to be in an ideal state for the immune system to function properly. 

The main way the CNS and the immune system communicate is via chemical messengers which are released by nerve cells. The CNS affects the immune system both directly and indirectly. The direct effect is via communication of nerve cells with white blood cells; while the indirect effect is through blood-borne neurotransmitters and hormones.

What inhibits your immune system response to effectively defend against stressors? Improper dysfunction within the CNS will create internal interference between every system that the CNS coordinates. Subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column) will create undo stress upon a single nerve fiber creating internal chaos and improper coordination. When a subluxation exists the first system in your body that becomes weakened will be the immune system and your immune responses. 

A subluxation impedes the CNS’s ability to properly coordinate and effectively control all other systems in the human body. A subluxaion is stress on your immune system. This in turn will deplete the immune system’s ability to properly adapt and heal due to the chronic inflammation placed upon the body via a subluxation. With chronic inflammation the immune system adversely is weakened and not properly able to coordinate neurological and biological communication, which decreases your immune cell production and leads to chronic sickness. 

The foundation of health begins with a properly functioning CNS. It has been demonstrated that balancing and maximizing the coordination of the CNS is key to optimal health and immune system function.

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