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.
The Secret To Man’s Best Exercise
Exercise…It’s Too Easy
Do you think exercise is easy? When it comes to your overall health and well-being the best exercise has been around for a very long time. It’s called posture. In reality, striving for amazing posture is no secret. The notion of having good posture in our society is so far saturated with cover-ups due to the fact of how simple it is. The biggest reason posture is misunderstood for the “magical” benefits it possess it because you cannot SELL it. If you cannot make a profit off of it, what really is it worth?
The Best Exercise Is Still The Same
Is posture really an exercise? Having good posture is actually really hard-work. Take standing for instance. It is a lot “easier” to slump over and have lethargic posture as opposed to standing straight-up. The same can be said when we are sitting down. Having the right posture means that the right muscles are working the way they should be. With bad posture comes abnormal movement patterns that we begin to perceive as “normal.”
Get Back To The Spine…It’s No Secret
As a chiropractor we check and adjust vertebral subluxations along the spine. After a patient receives a specific adjustment the BEST exercise that they can perform is to be diligent with their posture. There are no gimmicks here. It is that simple. The spine is a “tunnel” that houses and protects the most important part of your body, the central nerve system. Once adjusted, the spine feeds proper nutrients back to the brain. Maintaining posture enables uninhibited flow of communication.
Re-Route The Posture
After a specific adjustment, your top priority is your posture. Bad posture creates detours along the spine which will inhibit your overall functionality. The first symptom experienced with bad posture is low energy. When you use muscles, tendons, and ligaments inappropriately, your body will feel like it is working overtime. This is the complete opposite of a healthy exercise. Exercise can be harmful if done wrong.
Follow The Flow Chart To Unhealthiness…Why To Be Specific
Be Specific Or Be Nothing
Flow charts and their lack of specificity is nothing new. A sequence of actions or things involved in a complex system or activity is what is described as a flow chart. In reality while a flow chart works for cars, machine, putting a construction set together, and other integrative processing of components, they are unique towards that item. The flow chart is specific towards that entity for what it is designed for, simple. For your health and overall well-being flow charts fail to produce. Why? Specificity is key. Your body is the complete opposite of everyone else. So be specific towards you.
I Want What They Had
With chiropractic and your health specificity is no different. Some people think that all chiropractor’s “do the same thing” and “adjust the same way.” It just cannot be so. Gonstead chiropractic is a full spine approach that focus on your spine specifically, it is one of the most advanced and scientifically sound methods of chiropractic. With Gonstead chiropractic you do not “get” what the other person “gets”. Speficic adjusting procedures are unique and personalized to your spine to correct your subluxations in your spine. Thus creating a healthier version of you, and the best part is that no flow chart is required.
My Own Flow Chart
When focusing on someone’s health and well-being you must look towards the spine first. ”All drugs in the world cannot adjust a subluxated vertebrae.” B.J. Palmer, D.C., Ph.C. Specific Gonstead chiropractic care creates your own, and unique version of a flow chart. Specific spinal motion for you is like your brain’s energy generator. It will give you more clarity and more energy. The key to understanding where your spine needs motion comes from understanding you. Our job is to keep you expressing life in a healthy and substantial manner.
Learning From Hippocrates – 3 Truths That Survive Time
# 1 The Patient Vs The Disease
Hippocrates was basically the first known guru of studying health and what causes someone to be healthy. They say he is the father of medicine because of the people he was able to help. Contrary to popular belief, the word “medicine” back in the day also was focused on “Prevention.” Nowadays, medicine is associated with disease, diagnosis, and treatment. Hippo actually was in charge of a school, and their philosophy on how to help somebody was centered around the patient. Hioppcrates’ rival was another school called Cnidus. Cnidus was ran by a man called Euryphon who’s focus was on treating the disease rather than the patient.
# 2 Look Towards The Spine For The Cause
These two viewpoints on helping people: one focusing on the patient and the other focusing on the disease, have been around for a long time. This is nothing new. Hippocrates said “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.” He taught that to cure disease the cause must be sought and removed. The physical representation (signs and symptoms) of disease in the body is always directly or indirectly related to the spine. Subluxations limit the body from healing by not supplying adaptive forces to trigger a healing response. Subluxation irritate a nerve fiber and nobody likes to be irritated. Whenever a nerve becomes irritated, the body cannot function correctly.
# 3 Hippocrates: Nature Must Heal
Hippocrates taught us that nature must do the healing. Once again, this is not something that is new. Hippo, writing numerous books, even wrote one called Manipulation and Importance to Good Health. It is interesting to note that during this time another man called Herodicus, who was deemed the first great drug-less healer, was also helping people. Herodicus claim to this world was curing diseases by correcting spinal abnormalities. It is paramount to understand that chiropractic isn’t some new fad or trend. It has survived the test of time and will continue to do so. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes someone to live…simple.
What Not To Do During A Fire
Let’s say that there is a fire in your house. Would you ignore the fire and just turn the smoke detector off? Let’s hope not! You wouldn’t focus on the smoke detector when there are bigger problems occurring. The last thing on your mind during a fire should be the beeping of the smoke detector. We can use this analogy to compare many cover ups in our health and society. We often mask what our central nerve system is telling us with the use of cover-ups.
Don’t Touch That Fire!
The “fire”, for the most part, is the one aspect that is typically neglected in our health. Think of a fire as a particular sign or symptom that your body is trying to tell you about. When it starts burning we often take an artificial substance to mask the symptom, or “turn off the detector”. This causes us to perceive that we are fine, when in reality, the “fire” is burning without limits to stop it. Don’t allow yourself to become comfortable or think that your body is fine just from “turning off the detector”. The source of the issue(s) in your body are still present. The true cause is still manifesting and causing dysfunction within your body.
Don’t Mess With Fire…Unless Your Name Is Pyro
Cover-ups, Band-Aids, crutches, etc., are not benefiting your body. Occasionally there will be a time and place for them such as accidents, injuries, or traumas. Otherwise, a subluxation is the cause of ALL, not some, physical dysfunctions. A subluxation is a disconnection from the brain-body highway. When the body is disconnected, signs and symptoms begin to manifest. As a direct result, your body will begin to suffer. Stop turning off the smoke detector, and start addressing the cause of dysfunction.