|After receiving a chiropractic adjustment, some assume the patient needs to “hold” their adjustment. “Holding” theorizes the spinal bone has been properly placed in the correct position and the Chiropractor has cured all imperfections for life! While this is flattering to the Chiropractor it has no basis in truth. Here’s an analogy: George went to the gym once and was instantly granted six pack abs. They lasted until his second helping of potato chips, which deflated his six pack back to flab. See what we mean?!|
Think of what a chiropractic adjustment is: a low amplitude force into a specific subluxated section of your spinal column (misalignment creating undo dysfunction within the central nerve system to a specific motor segment). This creates an imbalance within the entire framework of your body. An adjustment is specific MOVEMENT. In order for you to retain what your Chiropractor has done, you need movement in your body afterwards. Motion is lotion!
One of the best things to do after an adjustment is walking! Walking will help mechanically correct the spine, allowing it to settle in by triggering the cerebellum in the brain. This begins to activate the muscles in the right firing sequence. Walking improves the balance of the central nerve system by creating an accurate reality of how the body is supposed to move. Walking will also decrease inflammation from the impacted spinal nerve by establishing the correct movement pattern. Specific motion builds on more motion. Don’t like walking? Running, swimming, biking, or any form of movement will stimulate a healthy response.
The theory of “holding” an adjustment doesn’t mean you have to sit down and wear plastic bubble wrap in the event of something bad happening. Your body will become more apt to “hold” correct spinal alignments through regular adjustments. This works in tandem with you performing your daily activities, and making sure you get enough movement to support your regular care.
The tale of the young man starts with a common thread that everyone has to either fight with or control…time. Time to start a family, time to make a career, and time to take care of his health. There are three variables that are typically at the top of the list. Too often, though, we become sidetracked and focus our time on just one.
Seeing that we are a Chiropractic office we will focus on the health topic. Some examples of repetitive sayings we hear are; “it’s time to start taking my health back” or ” I have waited long enough”. Regardless of the tale, we often see the same story but with different characters.
Old proverb – ‘A healthy man wants many things, a sick man wants only one thing.’ We cannot stress the importance of actively taking care of your health on a daily basis. The adage “if you don’t use it you lose it” is not far off the mark. Your body is a vehicle that you must care for and its entirety, trading in for a newer model doesnt work here.
Whether it’s sooner rather than later to start taking care of your health, we are ready for you. Just as you work on bettering your family and career everyday, prioritizing your health should not take a back seat.
Why Chiropractic care? Just think of a health paradigm that is not involved in feeding your body pills, lotions, oils and other external variables. Chiropractic is a salutogenic (an approach to wellness focusing on health and not on disease) paradigm that is at the foundational level for health based on the tenants of Chiropractic dealing with the central nerve system. For without a healthy functioning central nerve system, your health would cease to exist.
The tale of the young person to make the right choices with their time is left to them and themselves alone. Making an old person wise starts with their approach in their youth. I will leave you with this age old adage: “A young man in the pursuit of wealth will often neglect his health, the old man he becomes will spend his wealth to acquire his health.”
‘Tis is the season to dive into the outdoors and create an abundance of joy that comes from gardening. Along with the tending of your garden comes the process of deciding what type of garden you want. There are basic laws that cannot be subsitited when it comes to gardening, as well as variables to enhance what you expect from your garden. Some of the minor variables that come with this decision for your garden:
- talking to your plants
- Vegtables or flowers
- Soil Ph level
- To weed or not to weed
- Proper spacing, and so on…
Variables. When it comes to gardening, there are variables upon variables that exist and will continue to change, modify, and heighten the experience of gardening. Tricks of the trade, even secrets of what to do. Often, you will learn these through trial and error. Yet the three basic laws of gardening that have survived the test of time are water, soil, and sunlight.
Chiropractic care is like gardening. Seeds need care and maintenance while they grow, just like our bodies do as we “grow” through life. Your spinal column is designed to protect the most important entity in the human body, the central nerve system. Any subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column) will create interference within the brain to body connection and thus cause interruptions in the growth and development of the body.
Just like gardening, many variables exist to “enhance” your health. Basic laws will still exist and will survive the test of time. Your central nerve system does, and always will, need check-ups throughout life to make sure your body is expressing its fullest potential. It provides water, sunlight, and the proper soil for all your organs, cells, tissues, and glands that you need to thrive in life.
“The only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once,” stated Albert Einstein. What the heck does this mean, and what does it have to do with our health? A society trained for immediate satisfaction may have difficulty understanding this. You see, Einstein understood that there is
no process that does not require time. A baby developing in the womb, a home project, a flower growing in the garden, and yes, even regaining our health. To address this idea in terms of our health, let’s talk about momentum.
Momentum is the product of Mass multiplied by Velocity. Like a chubby kid on a swing set (myself when I was young) we must build momentum and sustain it to get a desired result.
Life, and especially our health, must be like this kiddo building momentum. While it may take more effort at the beginning, it is an intelligent thing to desire. Any rational person understands that health is largely a matter of attention to the good versus poor choices. The chiropractic adjustment is no
different. The vertebral subluxation is a detriment to the overall health of the body. When the lifesource of the body (Central Nerve System) becomes less than optimal, one is then susceptible to dysfunction and eventually symptoms. Here’s the interesting part: we have a choice. We can build this thing called momentum for our health in either direction. Momentum towards sickness, or
momentum towards optimal expression of life. While easier said than done, the road less traveled is worthwhile! This is your wellness-pivot point!
Logically, Chiropractic is a key aspect in committing to a lifetime of healthy momentum. Albert Einstein was right, and we can conclude that there are processes to build health or to lose it, neither being instantaneous. So keep smiling and keep swinging!
We are fortunate to live in the era of the informed consumer. However, one of the biggest obstacles we face is accessing and considering the source of information. In a capitalist, free market society we always need to consider the source. The phrase, “Trust Me I Am A Doctor,” holds no merit to us. Our strategy begins with education.
Our informed consent to you from Basler Family Chiropractic (BFC) is based on principles that we understand to be known as truths. We encourage questions, thoughts, and open dialogue. We need to meet on the level of creating a shared partnership so that we can better our community and the outlook of what “healthcare” actually is.
Our office model is based on the patient and the patient’s needs. Naming it the “Patient Centered Model,” we believe we are not here to make decisions for you, but rather to be in your ‘corner,’ supporting you with knowledge we have obtained in our schooling. This allows us to better educate you about chiropractic healthcare.
The ‘type’ of doctor that you choose to be involved in your health matters! At BFC we believe, understand, and know WHY and HOW the body is self regulating and self-healing. Every human experience one encounters is processed and coordinated via the central nerve system (CNS.) Restrictions known as subluxations (misalignments within the spinal column) limit the body’s potential to be at its full expression of health.
Any interference within the CNS will directly impact ones potential to properly adapt naturally to the external stressors in life. While chiropractic is not the only profession focused on prevention, health, and healing, we believe it is the most practical one to give you the solutions you are looking for.
Balance your stress by balancing your health. Your health begins and ends within the spinal column, the central nerve system. Recent research has demonstrated decreased adaptability of the nerve system in those who suffer from depression – Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2019. To understand the importance of the central nervous system is to understand this phrase. “You live your life through your central nerve system, every human experience you have is coordinated, processed, and controlled via your nerve system.”
A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health -Dalai Lama.
Your stress creates fight or flight. What kind of stress are we talking about? Bills, driving to work, politics, religion, depression, public speaking…etc…etc. Break it down this way. Have you ever felt stressed before? Everyone should say yes. When you feel stress you typically “feel” it along the spinal pathway and the feeling comes from what the nerve controls, that being muscles, tissues, ligaments, and soft tissue. When your body has a stressful thought that continues for even a short period of time the fight or flight response is activated and the small, yet drastically important, muscles along the spinal column are basically put to sleep. This is due to the fact that specific muscle groups that are larger are required for instances of fight or flight.
When fight or flight becomes a chronic nature in your life due to the stress that you place upon it the nerves that are supposed to be controlling the tiny muscles along the spine send insufficient messages and the central nerve system is unable to properly control the body. The subluxation (misalignment in the spine creating pressure on or around a spinal nerve) ensues and creates constant dysfunction within your body.
The number one reason that people will visit a Chiropractor is due to their inability to adapt to the emotional stressors that they place upon themselves. The good news is that after a specific adjustment a bombardment of afferent neuro-receptors flood the brain with positive activity. Particularly to the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, which actually should be called your executive functioning sector. The more you are able to influence the pre-frontal cortex the happier you are and the better able you are to adapt to the stressors placed on you internally and externally. Your body is intelligent. That’s why we work with the design of your body to improve its function.
Beauty Begins From Within The Body
Taking care of the body begins from within. In the fast paced society that we live in we are led to believe that looking good on the outside signifies health. Yet, the “Hollywood Persona” depicts that health is young, good looking, no wrinkles, skinny, etc. This is a complete illusion. Being healthy begins from within the body first and foremost. The starting point is the central nervous system. Every human experience you have is coordinated and processed via your central nerve system. It’s safe to say that you live your life through this system and always remember; you are worth whatever amount of time you need to take care of yourself. So, start from the inside.
When the body is working properly, it tends to heal no matter the condition. We recommend Chiropractic check-ups for setting the bar in the most holistic and natural manner of dealing with your health. It’s pretty incredible how the body can function when there is no interference to the central nerve system. Most patients that have high xyz or low xyz are that way because their body is under stress and it can’t adapt. When the nervous system is working correctly it normalizes all of those levels all by itself in its own time. It’s quite remarkable.
Yet, when people are suffering from a condition their typical first response is to cover it up with a medication. Still looking beautiful on the outside yet the inside is struggling to function optimally. Symptoms are not the cause of sickness. By suppressing symptoms you are leaving the sickness to advance. Every single thought, action, and feeling changes your brain. When repeated enough times, a habit is formed. Chiropractic encourages natural healing. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively, no matter what the condition.
Shift To Natural Healing… It’s Organic As It Comes
The primary objective in Chiropractic is to remove irritation to the central nerve system by securing normal structural relationships. One must continually appreciate that in Chiropractic, The body through its inherent power or innate intelligence, is the ultimate deciding factor in restoring health. Shifting your thought process of natural healing begins and ends from within the body first and foremost. Sickness (Dis-ease) begins from within the body, and the complete opposite can be said that health begins from within the body. When the CNS is properly functioning it is able to eliminate morbid material and adapt and restore the body on a daily basis.
We understand that certain disease processes more or less cumbersome according to the nerve disturbances and anatomical dis-relation to the body. For instance, a subluxation exists within the spinal column that creates interference from the nerve fiber to the brain – body connection. As a result the messages that are being sent from the brain to the body can be hindered in one of two ways; the messages can be too much or not enough. As a result the organs, cells, tissues, and glands that the nerve supplies overtime can produce hypersensitive or hypo-sensitive responses. Either way the nerve tone is creating an interference and the body is not in an ideal state.
By maintaining the proper structural relationship within the spinal column your health can be constantly maintained in an ideal state. Every tissue, cell, and organ within the body is constantly analyzing both its internal and external environment. With a clear and properly connected CNS the analysis will enable your body to adapt to the continual changing environments that you place it in. We are witnessing a significant shift away from conventional medicine and towards an ongoing wellness lifestyle. Natural and effective.
Being Healthy Is Not Addictive… It Is Rewarding
Your Body Rewards Itself
People often say on social media blasts that chiropractic is “addictive”. Well… to put this slanderous phrase aside we would not be breaking glass by telling you that the opiate epidemic is gaining more and more fuel for being…. addictive. Chiropractic is a natural healing art, science, and philosophy that is based on restoring normal tone between the brain and body connection, it is not additive. It’s rewarding. A great deal of confusion exists about the proper role of Chiropractic. Chiropractic deals strictly with the central nervous system (CNS) the most important system in the human body (it created every system in your body). Chiropractors look for irritated nerves that result from subluxations that exist along the spinal column. These subluxations create undo stress upon the CNS and plague the body with a sympathetic dominance, fight or flight mode, state of health. The nerve system that exits through the spinal column is an extension of the brain. Every spinal nerve MADE, controls, and regulates every cell, organ, and tissue fiber in your body!
When interference exists from the brain/body connection via a subluxation it is the Chiropractors job to locate and specifically adjust the subluxation. When the interfered nerve is safely and accurately adjusted it can correct the subluxation that is causing the dysfunction within the body. The innate power within the body is responsible for healing and restoring the correct impulses from the brain body connection. Why would your body not reward itself for positive activities and a process that it seeks to restore itself? Your body is designed to heal naturally without the need for drugs. Chiropractic works to remove blocks to enhance your body’s natural healing ability.
What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
To understand what a chiropractic adjustment actually is you should first understand what it is not. What is different between an orthopedic manipulation or osteopathic maneuver? The difference is the dynamic thrust in the spinal column that is performed. This is the identifying feature of a chiropractic adjustment. A sudden motion of force in a specific manner distinguishes chiropractic from other healing disciplines.
What To Adjust?
The specific procedure applied to a subluxated vertebra is deemed an adjustment. In order to know what vertebra or vertebrae have become subluxated, a full spinal analysis must be performed. Thorough spinographs (x-rays) are used to detect exactly which area(s) need to be adjusted. Special instruments are used along the spine to detect temperature differences at various levels. These temperature differences help to see if the area that is subluxated needs adjusted during a check-up. Also, active or passive palpation along the spine has its own role to play during assessment, when necessary. With these components being utilized an accurate and precise procedural plan can be set in place to apply restoration of the subluxated vertebrae.
Does The Vertebra Just “Go Back In”
Without diving too much into the concept of the vertebra “going back in”, you must understand that the noise created via an adjustment is made by the surrounding joints and disc space. The vertebra itself does not snap, crackle or pop. It is not bone on bone. This sound is caused by small pockets of air or bubbles which are in the fluid that surrounds your joints. When joint tissues are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the pockets of air/gas “pop” which creates that cracking sound you hear. The dynamic thrust that is used to restore a vertebra’s position must be followed by sequential multiple adjustments. With time, innate intelligence will utilize these motions of specific force to make the ultimate correction. Then… guess what? You have to retain it with check-ups and accurate adjustments to ensure the nerve is in proper tone. There is no such thing as the magic adjustment that your spine “holds” or one that creates proper alignment for the rest of your life. We understand muscle memory works in two fashions. Either you have positive muscle memory or negative. Train the muscles well by having a central nerve system free of interference. #getchecked