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Patience is the Key to Healing Your Body
Teaching Patience to Patients
In this day and age the status quo is living in the fast-food lane, meaning we want things to happen NOW. The age of patience is becoming a lost art. Industries will cater to this fast-food lane mentality and sell you products, trends, fads, and gimmicks, trying to convince you that something can happen in the NOW. The “sale” that strikes a nerve with chiropractic care is emergency or urgent care. Unfortunately my profession will sell you the quick “fix”. Chiropractic care is not an emergency room or urgent care. Chiropractic enables your body to adapt to the external stressors that plague it. Feeling good just comes with the territory. If you only come in to see the chiropractor when you’re in pain, then you should only eat healthy food when you get sick. It takes time for your body to heal and adapt. It takes patience.
The Truth about Patience in Healing
Nobody is too busy to heal, it just comes down to your priorities and choices you make in life. Chiropractic care is not designed to make you instantly feel better. It is actually designed to instantaneously begin the healing process and allow your body to adapt to your stressors. Simple enough? Patience is fundamental with chiropractic because adapting to your stressors is a process, not an event.
The Father of Patience
“Healing is a matter of time, it is sometimes a matter of opportunity,” – Hippocrates. Think of it this way. If you work a 9-5 job Monday through Friday, and a good majority of that time you are sitting at a desk utilizing a computer, a substantial amount of physical and emotional stress is placed on your body. Chiropractic care enables your body to adapt to the external stressors in your life. If you have complete loss of patience you will just conform to the “status quo” and take medication. Your body will always go through stress, but it’s your innate responsibility to promote adapting. Adapting comes with understanding how patience is required in healing. If you get a cut, a scab will form and you will heal. If you break a bone, you will heal. The same can be said for just about ANYTHING in your body when you give it time. Chiropractic care paired with patience will promote adapting and healing within your body. #getchecked
Ditch the Junk and Create Health
Is It Healthcare or Sick-care?
It’s the end of January and the New Year started with a BANG. Either you have set the stage to create health and are continuing on your journey, or maybe you just need a little push. The “healthcare” industry thrives on the New Year and people looking for a fresh start. Wikipedia put the definition of “Healthcare Industry” as such: The healthcare industry is an aggregation and integration of sectors within the economic system that provides goods and services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care. The healthcare industry is ranked 4th of all industries in the United States. When measuring the US healthcare compared to others, study after study continuously ranked the US in the bottom half. What exactly does that mean? Despite high spending on health care, the U.S. population has poor health.
Create Health by Eliminating Junk
To create health, you need to eliminate the junk that you have been exposed to. Gimmicks, trends, health fads and the newest and latest PILLS. It’s literally junk. Here’s a nice tid-bit of information for you. The FDA stated that 70% of all supplement companies violate agency rules. This means there is no filter for what they can create, produce and SAY to get you thinking that you will benefit from one of their potions. This is not even talking about medicine and the pills they produce, this is just the supplement industry itself. Just think, if their efficacy has such low standards, what other rules are they manipulating? They will say anything to make you think that they can “cure, heal, or fix” you.
Create Health with the Foundation First
A healthy inside creates a healthy outside. The inside we are referring to is the central nerve system (CNS). The CNS made every organ, tissue, and cell in your body. If you want to be healthy make sure your spine, which protects the CNS, is completely free of interference. It’s no secret, trend, or new fad that creating a healthy you begins with the inside first. Specific Chiropractic care does not sell you anything. Chiropractic care only enables your body to do what it is supposed to do…be healthy. #getchecked
Know Us Before You Need Us…The Misconception About Chiropractic
The First Truths
Blurred lines create the biggest misconceptions of what Chiropractic actually is. To set the record straight the very first recorded adjustment in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa was not for lower back pain or a headache. The first recorded adjustment in fact enabled a deaf individual to restore his hearing. Thus Chiropractic was born. Looking toward the spine for all disease in the body was NOT something new. Hippocrates, The Father Of Medicine, stated, “Look Well To The Spine For The Cause Of Disease.” Even American Indian hieroglyphics demonstrated ‘back-walking’. The sick would lie down and have their spines manipulated by the feet of others.
Blurred Lines Create The Misconception
The age of insurance creates and sets new demands. With the age of insurance beginning in the mid 1990’s there became an alarming rate of what they called “musculoskeletal pain.” One might say this was due to the changing lifestyle of desk jobs, diet, or just an accumulation of not taking care of ourselves. Either way, insurance companies started dictating what was necessary for the patient rather than the patient deciding for themselves. When pain would occur, Chiropractors had great results in helping patients; the insurance companies recognized this and did not like it. They would rather you get out of pain as fast as possible and never let you HEAL or ADAPT. The “quick fix” was a growing trend that was not dealing with overall health and well-being.
Education Is The Foundation To Correct The Misconception
Keep in mind that in the mid 1990’s pharmaceutical companies did not have the power they now assume. A pain reliever drug such as Tylenol was not even invented until the 1950’s and it started out just like all drugs as a prescription first. There was no such thing as walking to the gas station and buying a pain reliever over the counter. Regardless, if you use your Chiropractor as an expensive Tylenol, then you will only get Tylenol like results, aka temporary. Chiropractic is the study, art, and science of getting the sick better and keeping the healthy well. #getchecked
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.
When the word chronic is used to describe a health condition that you have, typically 10 out of 10 times it will be a bad thing. Why? Well, first of all you do not hear people saying “I am chronically healthy!” Many mothers who bring their children into our office for chronic ear infections typically do so as a last resort. We think that chiropractic care is only for backaches…which is an absolute lie and false information. Chiropractors are trained experts in the detection and adjustment of vertebral subluxations. Vertebral subluxations cause chronic ear infections. What is a vertebral subluxation? Let’s continue!
The Actual Cause Of Chronic Ear Infections
The actual cause of all dysfunction in the human body, such as an ear infection, is vertebral subluxations. The vertebral subluxation represents all physical disease in the body. How and why? A vertebral subluxation limits the body from adapting and healing. It places undo stress and tension on the central nerve system, which controls all life. This then restricts all messages sent throughout the body, or in this case, the inner ear. When the central nerve system is limited by what it can do, in-coordination occurs within the body. In-coordination will cause neglect of tissue cells, resulting in symptoms such as ear infections.
Cover It Up Or Help It Heal?
The primary function of the body is to use all parts in harmony to maintain health. Constant movement in the inner ear allows the Eustachian tubes to function properly by draining. A vertebral subluxation does not allow the Eustachian tubes to drain due to a disconnection between the brain and the inner ear. It is that simple. Covering up chronic ear infections with medication does not allow healing to happen. Hence, the use of the word chronic. Keep health simple and keep it straight. If you want more information or more specifics backed up with our research all you have to do is ask. #getchecked
5 Questions To Ask Your Chiropractor
Simple Truths Of Chiropractic
With the ever changing “Health World” it often becomes hard to keep things in perspective of what health really is. Many times we go around and around chasing different tactics of what someone thinks health is. Even chiropractors have been known to blur the lines of what we should actually be doing for patients. Chiropractic care is health care. Why? Chiropractors are trained experts in the detection and correction of subluxations of the spine. That’s it. A subluxation is the physical representation of all dis-ease in the body. A subluxation will create dysfunction within every part of the body, thus destroying one’s optimum potential. To learn more, ask your chiropractor! When looking for a chiropractor, start with 5 basic questions to make sure there are no blurred lines with your health care.
Question # 1: Do You Take X-Rays?
X-rays provide a clear image of what to actually adjust, and more importantly what not to do for a patient. It’s the 90/10 rule. They provide specificity of 90% of what does not need to happen and 10% of what does need to happen. X-rays allow chiropractors to not guess when dealing with your health. To heal, your body requires what your body needs and not somebody else’s. X-rays are unique towards you and your body’s needs. Taking x-rays is not new. In 1910 the chiropractic profession implemented x-rays as mandatory before even touching somebody’s spine (aside from pregnant mothers, babies, and other unique situations). So, let’s not guess with your health when dealing with the most important part of your body, the spine.
Question # 2: Do You Get Spinal Listings Off The X-Rays?
Spinal listings are what subluxations are called after a chiropractor does an analysis on x-rays. Spinal listings are the equivalent to a blue-print of the foundation and how something was built. X-ray analysis is essential to understanding how you are different from everyone else. Understanding the x-ray component when finding a subluxation enables your care to be on point for what you would expect from a specific chiropractor. The focus of the adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). This is only directed with use of spinal listings.
Question # 3 Is Your Goal To Restore Normal Function?
Function Vs Feeling. As a chiropractor our top responsibility is to make sure that your body is functioning at optimum potential by adapting to the stress that brings you into our office. Feeling good just comes with functioning well. Make sure you are seeking chiropractic care for function. Going to the chiropractor only when you’re in pain is like robbing a bank and only stealing the lollipops. It doesn’t make sense and chiropractic is not designed as an expensive Advil. Our goal is to enable your body to do whatever you desire without LIMITS. The sensory component (pain part) of a nerve is an immensely small portion of the central nervous system. Nerve tension exists through subluxations without any feeling of pain. Pain will often be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back. Normal function enables your body to be healthy from the inside out.
Question #4 Do You Take Post X-Rays To Document Structural Change?
Of course! This thought process is equivalent to an orthodontist who puts braces on a pair of teeth. Not only do you visit your orthodontist for check-ups while the braces are on but eventually you see teeth that are straightened out. Then, after the braces are removed, you have to retain the straightening. The same is done for chiropractic. If you have regular check-ups for your spinal health, your body will adapt and heal. When specific subluxations have been addressed and adjusted specifically for a period of time, the body changes. Your adjustments will change based on your body adapting. Post X-rays will allow your chiropractor to show you changes in your spine and how your body is adapting to care.
Question # 5 Do You Work With Pediatric And Elderly?
Chiropractic care is not just for athletes and middle class men who have back aches. The overall care and well-being of the spine should begin from the day you are born to the day you are put to rest. Everyone needs regular spinal check-ups to make sure that your body is working at optimum potential. Attending a pediatric chiropractor allows your child’s nervous system to continue to grow and overcome many forms of trauma as they learn to walk and crawl, play, and become involved in sporting activities. Many of these actions may result in subluxations which can be detected and adjusted to restore normal development. The only way to find out if you have subluxations is to get checked.
If You Believe You Can…You Will!
Is it just a belief or is it a fact that you can choose to be healthy? Both are actually true. Science supports that if you choose to be healthy you will be healthy. Notice the word “choose.” If you believe you will be healthy… you still have to act upon that belief. You must lay down the foundation of health and what it means. Getting checked by your chiropractor, exercising, watching your posture, and putting the right food in your body are all great examples. Prevention does not come in the form of a pill.
Dis-ease vs Disease
Referencing the Chiropractic Textbook by R.W. Stephenson 1927 he defines dis-ease and disease as:
Dis-ease defined. “A Chiropractic term meaning not having ease; or lack of ease. It is a lack of entity. It is a condition of matter when it does not have the property of ease. Ease is the entity, and dis-ease the lack of it.”
Disease defined. “Disease is a term used by physicians for sickness. To them it is an entity and is worthy of a name, hence diagnosis.”
In order to simplify the difference between dis-ease and disease, we break down the meaning of entity. Often when we classify someone with the entity of disease, we say they things such as, “That kid is autistic,” or, ” I am diabetic.” By putting a label on somebody we dismiss the person as an actual human being and classify them as the disease, which is not the case. The body having lack of ease will create symptoms to remind us that something is amiss in the body.
You Cannot Catch Disease
Literally what the title states, you cannot simply catch disease. In our society we often hear that someone “caught” this disease. When in reality you did not catch anything. If your tissue cells have uncoordinated and non-adaptive properties, your body will be dysfunctional as a result. Remember, health is hard-work! Chiropractic ensures that your master control system, the central nervous system, is working at optimal potential. When the brain is functioning correctly and without limits, the body is at ease.
Chiropractic Care Vs. Emergency Care – Understanding The Difference
The Need For Emergency Care
In order to understand the difference between two different types of care, let’s first understand the need for both types of care. During your life if you obtain a major injury, accident, or trauma to your person you should seek emergency care. That’s what their services are intended for and we should utilize the people that assist in times of “emergencies.” Be honest, nobody prefers to be in the emergency room. Yet, when trauma strikes, we are thankful for the people that help us. Emergency services far exceed their expectations and are highly advanced in helping people in need when the time calls.
The Need For Chiropractic Care
Let’s start off with what chiropractic care is not. It does not involve injections, surgery, exercise, diets, pills, lotions, potions, or anything else you can think of that EXTERNALLY alters or attempts to alter the body. Chiropractic is done solely by hand to adjust and remove subluxations within the spinal column. By making specific adjustments within the spinal column, chiropractic is directly concerned and focused on the central nervous system. Chiropractic care is not emergency care. Specific chiropractic care allows the body to be self-regulating and self-healing by allowing adaptive forces to do what they are supposed to do. We are designed to be amazing. Simple. Do not over-complicate health with insecurities that drugs are good for us based on false advertisements and propaganda.
Chiropractic care is not emergency care. Emergency care is not chiropractic care. Some people assume that chiropractic is strictly for muscular pain, which is the farthest thing from the truth. Going to the chiropractor only when you are in pain is like eating healthy only when you’re “sick.” While most forms of medicine will seek to cover-up symptoms, chiropractic focuses on the cause. The root cause of all dysfunction in the body is directly attributed to the central nervous system. Receiving consistent spinal care ensures optimal alignment for your best health, performance and well-being.
3 Reasons Tight Muscles Deplete Your Energy
#1 Tight Tight Tight
The first and most obvious reason that tight muscles deplete your energy is because you just got done working out. This is stating the obvious, yet sometimes is often misunderstood. Any form of physical fitness is great for the body. When performing exercise your muscles require energy; it’s give and take. Just like fueling your car for a long road-trip. This cause and effect of exercising is to be expected. With this being said, let’s explore the unknown reasons of tight muscles.
# 2 Spinal Misalignment = Tight Muscles
Spinal misalignments, also called subluxations, exist unknowingly. This is the same notion as a cavity in your mouth going unnoticed for years. Subluxations place undue stress on the spinal nerves. Stress…Who likes to have to stress in their lives? Just about nobody. So, imagine a nerve that is supposed to supply your cells with abundance of life happens to be stressed. This will result in your body working unnecessarily harder and faster in the organs, glands, tissues, and muscles that it supplies. Working harder uses fuel faster than it should. Subluxations will deplete energy stores without notice.
# 3 Fighting Gravity Requires Energy
Gravity exists whether you believe it or not. Newton’s law of universal gravitation acts on our bodies every single day. The spine is designed primarily to protect the central nervous system (Brain & Spinal Cord) and secondly to keep us upright. The spine is supposed to be completely straight when visualizing it from face to face with somebody. When a subluxation is present in the spine it places constant stress on the nerves. A healthy spine, free of subluxations, alleviates the stress on the nervous system, which in turn limits your total energy expenditure. By maintaining your spinal hygiene you are maintaining your overall health and energy at the same time.