Out Of Sight…Out Of Mind?

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While the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” works for some aspects of life that you would like to change, when it comes to taking care of your overall health, this phrase does not apply. The reason being, is that your spinal column protects the most important part of your body, the central nerve system (CNS). The CNS was not designed to be seen, unlike our teeth. It is exactly where it is supposed to be; central. Your health begins and ends within your spinal column. We take for granted our health often because we cannot see. Out of sight…out of mind comes into play.

If your spine were on your face, you’d take better care of it, guaranteed. How come? Most people have to see a problem to believe a problem exists. Believe this. You live your life through your CNS, every human experience you have is processed, coordinated, and controlled via your CNS. Take care of it. Taking care of the problem before the problem begins enters in the world of prevention.

Gonstead Chiropractic analysis allows a closer look at the story of your spine. Out of sight does not apply to us. To see is to know and not to see is to guess. X-Ray films, when necessary, allow our doctors to visualize the entire structure of your spine, joint and disc integrity, and ruling out any pathological findings. This allows us to be as specific as possible and eliminate all guessing when it comes to your care.

Don’t take for granted the most important thing you were born with…your health. Own your health, and start with spinal check-ups. Just because you cannot see your health does not make it an entity that cannot be measured. Keeping your body in peak performance is what Gonstead Chiropractors do. We help you prevent health problems and keep you functioning at your best.

The Importance Of Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

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Research shows that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labor with less pain and trauma for mother and child –Well Adjusted Babies. Getting straight to the point, routine Chiropractic care is one of the most important stages of life for expecting mothers. By keeping your spine properly aligned and free of subluxations your body is able to work more effectively during pregnancy and labor.

Major attention is brought to the expecting mothers pelvis and spinal column to ensure a safe and comfortable birth. A subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column placing undue stress upon the central nerve system) limits and distorts the messages between the brain and body creating chaos. By maintaining a healthy spine you will have a healthy central nerve system free of limitations. Removing interference from the central nerve system for the mother enhances the babies development and uterine function. Eliminating tension to muscles and ligaments allowing proper function to continue the way it is supposed to be…naturally. Benefits of Chiropractic care and adjusting subluxations during pregnancy:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Preventing a potential C-section
  • Relieving back, neck, and joint dysfunction
  • Normal physiological function of both mother and baby

Chiropractic care isn’t just for pregnancy. Care doesn’t stop with delivery. Even in the fourth trimester we cannot stress the importance of routine Chiropractic check-ups. The spine begins to adjust to the absence of the baby in your belly. You need proper assistance in the process of realigning your spine and pelvis when “getting” your body back. Don’t forget, the entire way you have been maintaining the structure of your spine begins to take a completely different route. Now, you begin to actually hold the baby and displace the weight in different parts of your body.

The best time to take care of your spinal health is now.  

The Role Of Chiropractic

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What is ‘The Role Of Chiropractic’? Putting The Role Of Chiropractic into three paragraphs and describing it as such is what we have done. We took a page out of a book and put it to use. It is not a complicated read, it is straight forward and directly to the point. Read on to learn about ‘The Role Of Chiropractic’.

Generated within the brain is an energy which flows over the nerve pathways. Extending from tiny cells in the brain is a nerve fiber connection each with a corresponding tissue cell of the body and from the tissue cell is also a nerve pathway back to its controlling brain cell. Over this nerve pathway flows the energy or mental impulse which is the ‘spark of life’ – with it, the tissue cell functions. Without it – normal function is absent. Over and above all of this is an inborn intelligence which coordinates, directs and controls these billions of cells in their activity for coordinated function of health. The pathway to health is a nerve system free of pressure allowing a normal energy flow from the brain to the body at all time.

A vertebral subluxation in the spinal column occludes a foramen, that occlusion produces pressure on nerves. That pressure on nerves interferes with the normal quantity transmission of mental impulse flow between brain and body, and in exact ratio as that mental impulse flow is decreased at the periphery, dis-ease is created and increased in the same ration.

By spinal adjustment, the vertebral subluxation is restored to normal position. This takes pressure off the nerve system allowing for a normal mental impulse flow over the nerve system. In exact ratio as that mental impulse flow is restored at the periphery, dis-ease is decreased and health restored. – The Role Of Chiropractic

The Truth About Kids Chiropractic

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The truth about kids and Chiropractic care…it’s safe, natural, normal, and effective. There it is. There is the “BIG” secret. We couldn’t keep our anticipation back and make you read this entire blog without just spilling the beans. Kids and Chiropractic care is not a new thing! Not only do Chiropractors preach the importance of spinal check-ups for kids, so do medical doctors. ”Every newborn should receive a neck and spine examination and a Chiropractic adjustment if necessary. Is that idea too difficult to accept?”- Lendon Smith, M.D. Pediatrician.

Unfortunately, media portrays Chiropractic patients as a 45 year old males who lifted something wrong and “throw their backs out.” Sure, Chiropractic care can definitely help these type of people. Just imagine if this 45 year old was under Chiropractic care before he turned 45! 

The central nerve system is the master control system. It made, regulates, and controls every system in the body. So, it is safe to say that your body knows what it needs to do. Subluxations (misalignment’s within the spinal column placing undo stress upon a nerve) often manifest early in life unnoticed and uncorrected creating dysfunction within the body. Kids won’t express their subluxations as the “pain” we know. They manifest in symptoms of the central nerve system not functioning correctly. These can be ear infections, constipation, colic, bed wetting, allergies, etc etc. These are painful! 

When we get an early start on health by checking the function of the central nerve system we are primed for a life of health. Health comes from the inside-out. ”Subluxation interferes with the body’s mental impulses, altering body function, lowering tissue resistance, and making the body vulnerable to disease.”- Dr. Fred Barge. Many parents report an improvement in their child’s quality of life after beginning routine, family chiropractic care. When a subluxation exists for a period of time the body does not function optimally. Do whatever you can to keep your child’s central nerve system working its best. One way to do this is to remove any source of irritation by keeping your spine healthy and aligned. 

Health Care Vs Health Insurance

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Health care vs health insurance. What’s the difference between the two? Just about everything. Health care is something that you perform on a day to day basis. It’s easy to be healthy and just on the opposite side it’s easy to be unhealthy. The choices you make are not from genetics. Health care comes with the choices that you make to better yourself and take time for self-love. Being healthy is not something you should take lightly, its hard-work and we typically attempt to gain our health when something bad has happened. In our society nowadays the phrase goes as such, “Young men in life avoids his health to acquire wealth, while later in life will spend his wealth to acquire his health.”

Health care become the actions that you perform on a routine basis. Take for instance, Chiropractic check-ups. You live your life through your central nerve system (CNS). Every human experience you have is controlled, coordinated, and processed through your CNS. Chiropractic care seeks to make sure your body is free of any interference to the CNS and you are functioning at an ideal state by adjusting the spinal column which protects the CNS. The beginning of the disease process begins with postural distortions – Hans Selye, M.D.

Health care is hard-work yet in the long-run is always worth it. Consuming the right foods, taking time for daily exercise, and making sure your thoughts are healthy… is hard-work. These are just a few to name some, yet it really gets down to the choices that you must make to make sure “Health Care” becomes part your daily routine.

Health insurance is really a misnomer. Typically, people use their health insurance when they have an accident, injury, or trauma. Which all these incidents sound really bad and just maybe your insurance will cover your costs (really should be called trauma insurance). Health insurance is not looking after your overall health and well-being. Preventative steps are not taken into account to make sure that your health insurance actually keeps you healthy. No one buys health insurance and then immediately becomes healthy. You have to perform active health care to stay healthy.

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. 

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.