Proper Body Function

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Proper Body Function

Proper body function.  What does that statement mean to you?  Function is defined as ” an activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing.”  Function is the way that you express your life to your fullest potential, without any limitations.  People that seek chiropractic care are doing this to have proper body function on a day to day basis.  Nothing is more frustrating than a quality of life that has limitations and restrictions on daily functions.  Awareness of body function is fundamental to understanding health and the possibilities that everyone has to obtain.

What Proper Body Function Is Not

Proper body function does not come in the form of a pill.  You cannot expect that taking something to cover up a sign or symptom is the ultimate way to express your function.  Function does not come in the form of a lotion or potion that has to be regularly applied.  Function does not come in the form of surgery or taking something away from your body unnecessarily.  We do realize, and accept, that at certain times maybe one of these variables might be necessary.  Major traumas, accidents, and injuries do occur in life.  If you’re always going to rely on a crutch at least make sure you have explored all options before doing so.

What It Is

Proper body function is allowing your body to heal and overcome obstacles in your way, which is the greatest natural force that we all have.  It’s time to get off the medical system and to take care of yourself.  Chiropractic care allows you to express life without limitations and without having to add something artificially to your body.  Chiropractic restores your life by making sure your central nerve system is properly functioning, which in turn enables everything in your body to be sufficient.  Everything that you do in life is expressed through your nerve system, chiropractic keeps that nerve system connected and healthy with specific adjustments.  Chiropractic does not take anything away from your body nor does it supplement it.  The original beauty of your body is that it is a self-sustainable organism, it knows what to do!  With specific regular adjustments your body has no other option but to maintain proper body function.

The Immune System Vs The Flu

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The Immune System Vs The Flu

That time of the year is already upon us as we get ready for the upcoming holidays.  When we get to challenge our immune system and see how our body handles the constant bombardment of The Flu!  Remember the flu is not an actual season, it can happen or occur at any time of the year (for the sake of this blog we will keep it intact that it’s an actual season).  The immune system regulates and controls a vast array of organs, tissues, glands, and cells to make up what we know as the immune system.  We often overlook the immune system and only recognize its inabilities when we become sick.  The immune system is constantly running, thriving, and upgrading every single day.  Your body is constantly exposed to new pathogens (invaders to the body) and it’s the immune systems responsibility on how you perceive and interpret this data.  When The Flu strikes your body, you begin to have signs and symptoms.

Signs and symptoms that your immune system is compromised from the flu are far from in between.  You could feel sluggish, run down, develop a cough, sneezing, fever, chest congestion, diarrhea, etc.  The flu is not just one symptom that your body shows, but rather a bunch of signs and symptoms put together.  When your immune system is compromised and you develop a sign and symptom your body should fight and defend itself for 1-2 days and then restore normal function.  You should not be sick for weeks at a time or longer than 3 days, if this is the case then your body is taking a little longer than expected.  Why would that be the case?  Possibly due to a dysfunctional nerve system leading to an unhealthy immune system!  What if you are constantly getting sick over and over again? Again, possibly due to a dysfunctional nerve system leading to an unhealthy immune system!

Subluxations occur within the spine which create a central nerve system DYSFUNCTION.  Subluxations are what chiropractors are trained to find and adjust.  Imagine a subluxation as being a downed power line, it’s a dangerous situation to be in. Power is still being transmitted but is not sending and receiving the proper information.  A subluxation still allows the nerve to send messages, but not too its full potential nor to the right amount.  This in time will lead to a depressed immunity which inhibits your true potential on how you respond to the flu or any pathogen for that matter.  Your nerve system regulates and controls all other systems within the body.  The immune system is not overlooked, if at the first sign of the flu you jump to use medication you are losing the fight.  By just masking signs and symptoms with medication you never realize the potential that your immune system can have.  Proper health begins with a healthy functioning nerve system.  Get your nerves checked to allow you to fight the healthy battle.

 

 

Healthy Kids Education

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Healthy Kids Education

Healthy kids education?  Healthy kids is what each parent wants and looks to achieve during their lifespan.  When we think of healthy kids our first thought is typically free of disease and symptoms.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for the growing trend in our society.  As a chiropractor I come under the title of doctor, my mentors and schooling taught me that doctor means “teacher”.  It is our responsibility to inform and educate about why you see a chiropractor and the endless health choices that come under specific chiropractic care.  One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine – Sir William Osler.  When it comes to health we have been masked to believe that it comes in the form of a lotion, pill or needle.  Our body was not designed to process artificial stimulation on a continual basis, it is not the natural order.  The body was designed to heal on its own accord and it takes time to heal.

To impact our society we need to focus on the kids.  Healthy kids begins with the upbringing, foundation of healthy eating, regular exercise, and positive emotional stimulation.  When it comes to their overall well-being and health related issues, chiropractors are primary health care doctors.  The first physical trauma that we all experience is birth, regardless of how amazing it is, it is still traumatic.  Right then you should be wanting your child checked to make sure that their nerve system is properly functioning.  Nerves and chiropractic, the two words go hand in hand.  Chiropractors are nerve system specialists who remove interference in the body by specifically adjusting subluxations.  A subluxation occurs when stress is placed on a spinal nerve, thus in turn creating dysfunction within the body.

Healthy kids start with a healthy functioning nerve system.  All processes that begin with signs and symptoms have an origin, a malfunctioning nerve system.  Think of some common childhood health problems: ear infections, colic, constipation, colds, etc.  If the immune system is compromised then the nerve system controlling this has to be compromised to an extent.  So, what do we do if our kids have signs and symptoms?  Get their nerve system checked!  Want to boost their immune system the natural way?  Want to help strengthen their immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of general illness?  No drugs required!  Regular chiropractic adjustments to ensure their optimal potential leads to healthy kids!

 

Degenerative Disc Disease Is Not Hereditary

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Degenerative Disc Disease Is Not Hereditary

Degenerative disc disease gets some bad reps; understand that it’s not a good thing to have and is often misunderstood.  Just because your mother might have degenerative disc disease does not mean that you have to have it nor will have it.  First, recognize that even though it has the word disease in it, it is not actually a disease.  Second, we think that all older people will have degenerative disc disease, which is also not true.  Most people that have degenerative disc disease will say that they are shrinking as they are growing older, they might say my bones are shrinking!  When in actuality your bones are sort of growing and therefore destroying the disc space in between the bones. You are shrinking because your disc space is decreasing.

How does degenerative disc disease even appear/manifest/or happen?  First, let’s cover what a subluxation is.  A subluxation occurs in your spinal column that places pressure upon one or more spinal nerves which creates an entire central nerve system dysfunction.  It creates havoc within your entire body, not just the one or more nerves being affected.  When a subluxation exists for a period of time uncorrected it creates instability within your spinal column.  If you have instability within your spinal column for an extended period of time your body will begin to stabilize itself.  When your body begins to stabilize the spinal column it will do so with the strongest material that it is capable of developing, bone.  Degenerative disc disease can first start out as fragments of calcification leading to formation of bone (bone spurs).  Think of it this way: if your house is leaning over and is unstable, you are going to build upon it with a strong support system in place.  Your body will do the same thing!

Individuals with degenerative disc disease can have safe and effective chiropractic adjustments to maintain the amount of growth present.  Chiropractors cannot take away the degeneration that occurred, but can maintain the growth by providing specific chiropractic adjustments to form proper stability within the spinal column.  Get your nerves checked!

 

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic

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Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia and chiropractic share a common trait.  Fibromyalgia often expresses itself by attacking our muscles and giving us chronic tension throughout the day.  Fibromyalgia and chiropractic are associated due to the fact that we are dealing with the musculoskeletal system.  More specifically though, we are dealing with the nerve system that regulates and controls those individual muscles.  Individuals who are burdened with fibromyalgia often have a quality of life that is based around their symptoms and how they are feeling that day.  Chronic pain and tightness in joints, difficulty concentrating, headaches and other possible symptoms do not have to be controlling your way of life.  The cause of fibromyalgia is often linked to accidents, chronic illness or some other incident that often leads people to second guess if they actually have fibromyalgia.  Looking for the cause?  Look to the master control system, the nerve system.

Fibromyalgia and chiropractic are related due to the fact that your nerve system is the top player in the scenario.  Chiropractic focuses specifically on the nerve system and making sure that by checking the nerve system, we are directly going after the cause of your problem and not the signs and symptoms.  Any sign and symptom that may appear is your body’s best way of functioning.  Fibromyalgia produces many signs and symptoms, all of these have to have a reason and a CAUSE.

When a vertebrae moves out of proper position and applies pressure on a single nerve, this creates an entire central nerve system disturbance.  Which means the entire body enters into a protection mode to survive as best as it can.  Enter the chronic state of “fight” and chronic illness.  Fibromyalgia and chiropractic address your cause by allowing your body to heal and to function by removing dysfunction from the entire body.  This is only done with specific and accurate adjustments to the spine to allow proper function.  By restoring proper communication to the body, you in turn allow the entire body to express its optimal potential.

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Natural Health Care

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Natural Health Care

Natural health care is becoming more and more of an issue these days.  This growing trend can, in part be due to the increased awareness of GMO’s, food processing, and over consumption of pharmaceuticals.  The increase of natural health care should be in the awareness of the explosion in ADHD, Autism, Allergies, Asthma, and so on.  Our health care is not what it should be when our children have a lower life expectancy then adults.  The best doctor that anyone will ever know is the one that is inside each of us.  For instance, if you cut yourself your body is going to respond to this by forming a clot and producing a scab.  Natural health care does not have to be difficult or over inflated with the newest and latest health trend.

Natural health care is allowing your body to function at its optimal potential.  Chiropractic is the most natural form of health care available.  Chiropractors do not give your body anything nor do they take anything away from your body.  Chiropractors check your nerve system and, if necessary, will perform an adjustment.  An adjustment is performed when a vertebra moves out of normal position and applies pressure on a nerve.  Pressure upon a nerve disturbs the body’s normal communication line.  Your brain, being your master control center, sends all the body’s messages through your spinal cord and out via nerves.  Pressure upon a nerve from a vertebra distorts the communication and your body suffers. As a result of this pressure upon a nerve, your body begins to give you signs and symptoms.  If signs and symptoms are present in your body, you need first to look towards the spine.

Understand that signs and symptoms are your body’s way of trying to protect itself.  If all you’re doing is supplementing medication for a “natural” pill then you are still suppressing the body’s natural response and inhibiting the healing process.  Natural health care is chiropractic!  The body is constantly in a state of function and repair on a daily basis; all controlled by a healthy and intact nerve system.  Keep your nerve system properly functioning to ensure your “natural health care.”

 

Pretty Poor Posture

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Pretty Poor Posture

 

Posture is your body’s alignment when sitting, standing, walking, and any basic movement.  The center focus of our alignment is our spinal column and consistent with those structures is your overall skeletal system.  Your musculoskeletal system is then responsible for holding that skeletal system in place.  Guess what just so happens to control and maintain proper function in both of these systems?  The NERVE SYSTEM, your body’s only master control system.  Poor posture wreaks havoc on our society and it does not seem to be getting any better.  Poor posture is a direct result of stress that your body “learns” to deal with.  Stress is placed on your body physically, mentally, and chemically.

Example- We undergo gravity our entire life, our skeletal system keeps us up right, muscle holds bones together, nerves make sure everything is functioning correctly.  Then stress is applied to our nerve system such as a subluxation (pinched nerve).  If that “pinched nerve” is not capable of sending the correct message from the brain to the muscle to make sure the muscle holds, what is the consequence?  Poor posture!  Now, this is just one example of how poor posture can show itself.

From a structural aspect, your spine will twist, curve, and form to the stress that is placed on your body.  Imagine that your spine is like a telephone pole.  The telephone poles are supposed to be strong, durable, and most important, straight and allow proper communication to go forth.  Your spine, when you look at someone straight on (head-to-head) should be straight; when looking at someone from the side there should be 3 curves in the spinal column.  Much like when stress is placed on the telephone pole the messages and communication are inhibited or severely altered.  The same with your spine, if poor posture is evident that equals stress on your nerve system.  Stress on your nerve system leads to disconnection from your brain to your organs, cells, tissues, glands, etc.

We think of poor posture as more of a cosmetic problem when, in essence, it is a health problem.  Poor posture has a direct correlation with the disease process.  Inhibit messages from brain to vital organs and things stop working correctly.  Chiropractic realizes this correlation with your posture and your overall health.  Specific X-rays are utilized so that your spine and your care is personalized and geared towards you!  Have your nerve checked!

 

Text Neck Leading To Children Headaches

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Text Neck Leading To Children Headaches

Children headaches are becoming more and more common.  A variable that we have to consider is the wonderful aspect of cellular devices.  Everyone and their mother seems to have a cell phone now and for some we cannot live without.  “Text Neck” is just a term that we like to use when people are on their phones for prolonged periods of time, with their neck looking down at their cell phone.  Usually when on the phone our neck is compromised.  You will see children with their heads hunched over and their eyes basically just glued to their phone.  Yet, this seems like just a small trivial thing throughout the day.  Repetitive motion over and over again eventually adds up.  Text neck can lead to children headaches.  Our children’s headaches our most likely caused by spinal stress.  This spinal stress is brought on by repetitive motion that compromises the cervical (neck) nerve roots, which then leads to the muscles being contracted for a prolonged period of time.  Pressure on nerves lead to signs and symptoms in our bodies which leads to our children’s headaches.

Text neck is just one small variable in the grand scheme of things.  Our children’s overall posture is the thing to watch out for.  Think about the over-bearing back-packs that our children are using.  This is also very common and leads to the same context that text neck brings about with it.  Improper spinal stress can wreak havoc on your children.  Children headaches are steadily climbing and chiropractic along with proper posture can eliminate the symptoms (or just get rid of their phones).   Specific chiropractic for your child is safe and effective.  Improper posture leads to dysfunction in the nerve system.  Chiropractors check the nerve system for dysfunction and perform adjustments if necessary.  The earlier your child is checked for nerve dysfunction the greater the opportunity for optimal neurological development.  Keep an eye out for the Text Neck!

Asthma Epidemic In Kalispell…In The U.S.

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Asthma Epidemic In Kalispell…In The U.S.

Asthma is just running rampant in our society.  Not only in Kalispell and the Flathead community but in our society as a nation.  3/30 kids have asthma in our society currently.  Children 0-4 have the greatest prevalence of asthma and have required the most medical use.   With the total of medical care cost far exceeding $56 billion dollars.  Think about the missed days of school that our children are suffering from due to this.  In the United States asthma cases have increased by 60% since the 1980’s.  What are some of the factors that are causing this increase in asthma?  Food plays a huge part, our air quality plays a huge part.  What about stress and asthma?  Stress plays a HUGE part on how we express our asthma symptoms.  It is important to remember that asthma cannot be cured, however it can be controlled and maintained with a proper approach.

What brings people into a chiropractic office?  Physical stress, emotional stress, and chemical stressor’s on our body!  By decreasing a patients stress levels with specific chiropractic adjustments you are removing subluxations.  This establishes proper nerve communication your body is allowed to maintain and control your asthma.  When we STRESS-OUT, our body is not adapting to our environment.  If you are not adapting to your environment and your nerves enter protection mode, your muscles will begin to act, thus resulting in a flare up.   A multi-site clinical trial on chiropractic management of asthma is underway in Australia. “The preliminary data are very encouraging. Chiropractic patients are showing decreases in physical asthma symptoms and cortisol levels,” says Dr. Anthony Rosner, former director of education and research for the Foundation of Chiropractic Education and Research.  People who are suffering from asthma can benefit from specific chiropractic care by effecting their quality of life.

It is always important to remember that the first chiropractic adjustment was not for low back pain.  Chiropractic and asthma?  With chronic bronchial problems that many asthma people suffer from, you can control your flare-ups.  Chronic bronchial flare-ups is stress affecting your respiratory system, which in turn is responding from your nerve system!  Quality of life and asthma responses severely lowered is significant.  Have your nerves checked!

The Magic Bean Of Chiropractic

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The Magic Bean Of Chiropractic

What is the magic bean of chiropractic?  Consistency!  Consistency is the magic bean of chiropractic.  For example someone that starts chiropractic care for the very first time is going to experience a world of change!  Initially you might expect to be a little sore.  Why would I be sore?  We utilize the Gonstead Technique in our office.  We eliminate guessing by utilizing x-rays, and state of the art neurological assessments protocols every single visit.  When somebody first begins chiropractic care with us, that will be the first time they had a specific chiropractic adjustment.  The chiropractic adjustment is change to your body.  Your body begins to start adapting to change and with that your body begins to grow and heal itself.  Why would my body react that way to a chiropractic adjustment.  Because your body has been doing its thing for some time and then finally we start to make the right changes.  Reason to be consistent with chiropractic care is because you go through a thing called….life.  Life has with it, it’s emotional stress, physical stress, and chemical stress.

Why consistency?  In order to retrain that muscle memory, tissues, memory and ligament memory you have to be consistent by allowing your body to accept change and have proper nerve communication.  Some people after their first specific chiropractic adjustment state they feel like it was their first time at the gym!  You are creating health and recovery with chiropractic.  Yes, at times with chiropractic you might be sore.  Chiropractic is not designed to make you instantly feel better, chiropractic is designed to make you HEAL better.  Your care is designed individually for you based on your x-rays, neurological testing, and how you live!  Chiropractic is authentically here to assist you in your walk of life so you are at your optimal function.  Bump in the roads might take place.  Being consistent with your care is the key.

Some people who have been to other chiropractors might say they had a bad experience or they stopped care early because they didn’t get any relief.  Chiropractic should be thoroughly explained to you and how we are able to help.  Taking the time to explain that we are authentically here for you and how changes happen in your body.  Heading to the gym to build muscle, takes time.  Healing takes time.  Peeps say, “Well, chiropractic is addicting, and once you start you have to continue to go.”  Well, it is addicting to feel healthy.  Chiropractic can assist you in this walk of life.  Consistency is the magic bean.  Having your nerves checked makes sense.  Let that bean grow!