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. 

The Fever Is Strong In You

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Understanding the body can be very challenging and often daunting when it comes to the health of our children. Take for instance one of the most important innate body regulations that your body offers to protect itself, the FEVER! The fever has been ‘blacklisted’ in our society as a bad entity. Children need to undertake the positive struggle to make their body their own.

When a child has a fever the body naturally protects itself accordingly. Fevers are a normal occurrence and should only last for an acute amount of time. When the fever persists and becomes chronic in nature, the body is not properly adapting and making a healthy response.

Parents bring their children to be checked and adjusted in accordance to when a fever emerges, in order to facilitate the healing processes and make sure the response is quick and effective. Chiropractic enables the body to ADAPT faster and healthier during these rites of passage to create a healthy immune system for an entire lifetime. Chiropractic does not cure fevers: instead, it seeks to find that which creates disturbances, or subluxations (undue stress upon a nerve fiber) within the central nerve system and to adjust accordingly, thus enabling the patient to ADAPT and release healing potentials…naturally.

Children who are supported to work through these healing crises are inevitably healthier and more resilient than children whose inflammatory crises have been suppressed with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. These acute adaptation fevers are rites of passage in children’s development. The central nerve system controls and regulates the immune system response and how it plays out. There are measurable improvements in immune function within minutes after a spinal adjustment, quantified by antibodies in the saliva.

Like it or not, all the functions in your body are controlled by the brain and spinal cord. Any response that your body generates is facilitated and controlled via your central nerve system. Take care of it. 
Hippocrates – Give me the power to produce fever and I’ll cure all disease.

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. 

Correct Digestion Issues

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Digestion issues unfortunately, in our society, are becoming the new “norm.” It’s almost to the point that if you do not have any digestive issues you are considered “weird”. Digestion, aka gut, is an important topic of concern due to the fact that it is known as the second brain. The rational and reasoning behind this is because approximately 70% of the immune system is housed in the gut.

A healthy gut starts at birth. Normal vaginal deliveries help inoculate the newborn with an overabundance of microbes. This begins the learning process of the immune system. To keep the learning process clear and functioning begins with working on the upper cervical neck region. Often people hear of the “Brain Gut Connection” phrase passed around when talking about digestive issues. This is due to the fact that the upper cervical nerves control, regulate, and made the gut.

A subluxation (misalignment in the spinal column) places undo stress upon a single nerve fiber, thus creating a chemical cascade of events known as dis-ease. Which means that literally your body is not at “ease.” What occurs first will be dysfunctional gut problems, better known as symptoms. What have we been told to do when symptoms occur…suppress them with drugs. Suppressing a symptom never corrects the cause and never allows the body to heal. Looking to the spine first and foremost by correcting subluxations will enable the brain – body connection to be fully established.

Don’t treat symptoms. Chiropractic can get your digestive system working by focusing on the cause. Research, published in the November 2002 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) demonstrates that chiropractic care may be effective in helping patients with allergies and Crohn’s Disease. What’s considered an allergy in the gut? A chronic hypersensitivity of an over-stimulated immune response. The response coming from the brain via a nerve to the tissue cells of the gut. Once again, the focus of chiropractic care is to remove any physiological blocks to the proper expression of the body’s innate wisdom.

Going Through Pregnancy Like a Rockstar

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Going Through Pregnancy Like a Rockstar

Pregnancy is a monumental experience for any female…and yes the dad as well!  When you are going through pregnancy you “experience” some different things in life!  Some of those “experiences” people think are uncontrollable.  Morning sickness, nausea, back pain, pelvic pain, shortness of breath etc etc.  You must get the idea by now!  These symptoms you think are the normal process of pregnancy and you have to deal with it?  Wrong, with chiropractic care you can drastically decrease the signs and symptoms you have never experienced before.

Your nerve system is the master controller of EVERYTHING you go through and experience in life.  Your nerve system is learning to deal with something growing inside of you, better to have your nerve system rocking and rolling at 100% to battle your new signs and symptoms!  Your body begins to adapt to the presence of something else inside of you and without proper communication you exhibit signs and symptoms that people believe are “normal” during pregnancy.

The presence of a vertebral subluxation (what chiropractor’s find and correct) will interfere with the body’s ability to have proper communication back and forth.  If your body starts to have improper communication back and forth your body starts to exhibit signs and symptoms (morning sickness, nausea, back pain, pelvic pain, etc etc).  Why?  Your body is trying to tell you that something is not functioning correct and YES, the presence of a vertebral subluxation is evident!

Vertebral subluxation’s do not equate to healthy changes in your body.  Add in a growing baby using up much of your body’s resources to survive and grow within you, and you can begin to see where a subluxation can wreak havoc on the health of a pregnant women.  The nerve pressure and tension caused by the spinal compensations in the spine may lead to improper signals to be sent to various organs and tissues.  Pressure and tension on the nerves in your mid to upper thoracic spine may lead to decreased function of the heart and /  or lungs.  This may result in an added shortness of breath.  Or maybe high blood pressure, adding to that risk of preeclampsia.

You deserve to have the best chance at a successful pregnancy and childbirth, and you can only do that with a nerve system that is running free and clear of interference.  Make sure to get your nerves checked!