Stay True To Health – Staying Normal During These Times

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Handshakes, high-fives, and hugs have all too quickly transitioned into “elbow bumps” and social distancing – which we totally respect. There is no denying that in this current situation is unpleasant. However we see this as an opportunity to flip the script, and see this as an opportunity to empower our community even more. No matter what is occurring – our health is our most valuable asset. Having an abundance of health means we can take care of those that matter most to us and simply get back to doing the things we love most.

So, what does being “Healthy” mean. Health isn’t found in blood pressure numbers, temperature ranges, or in prescription medication. Put simply, health is the body having the ability to respond correctly, accurately, and the ability to ADAPT to our ever-changing environment. Now in correlation with the hysteria of the Coronavirus, bugs find their way into those whom are already sick or mal-adaptive, not individuals with proper immune resiliency. BJ Palmer said it best, “If the ‘germ theory of disease’ were correct, there’d be no one living to believe it.” You can only be a host to a virus if your perfectly made neuroimmune response is not functioning well. We all touch the same door knobs, shopping carts, breathe the same air… why do some people get sick and others simply will not? It is all about how well you ADAPT to the environment around you. It’s as simple as that. This is at the foundational core of Chiropractic and its history as well as success.

This same principle and truth can be applied to an old adage about rats in a dump… If there was a huge pile of garbage and rats all over the smelly trash, what caused the infestation? Was it the rats that caused the dump to occur, or were the rats a result of a dump already there? Which in turn attracted the rats to the delicious pile of trash. The truth is germs are opportunists – looking for an easy meal or place to harbor. With an immune response that is less than optimal or weakened, rats will arrive. The same applies to our health and Nerve System response to whatever infectious antigens cross our paths. We are on a mission to keep this nation well, and it all starts with proper Nerve System adaption and maybe a solid high-five. It is more important now than ever to Get Checked.

The “Three Little Pigs” And Sustaining Your Immune System Against The Big Bad Wolf

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What can we gather from “The Three Little Pigs” fable that we were taught at a very young age? Implementing a fable into our lives allows for a learning experience. Learn from history and what you have been taught since the beginning. With the growing ‘concern’ of the Coronavirus eating away at every news media, take a step back and reflect on the importance and adaptability that the human body has when hard work is implemented on a daily routine.

When building and sustaining your immune system do not settle for the ‘instant’ gratification or the quick fix that we have been led to believe works. The first two little pigs underestimate the time and hard work it takes to build a strong foundation to keep them well and protected. The other pig as we know invested more TIME and energy on something that lasts. Understand that the body is protected when you take the time to do things right..

How do you sustain your immune system?

1.    Get your spine checked by a Chiropractor. You don’t want to handicap your central nerve system, the master control system who directly regulates and coordinates everything about your immune system. Chiropractic research performed by Dr. Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases. His initial three-year study was comprised of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more. The chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than those people who had not received chiropractic care, and they had 400% greater immune competence than those people with cancer and other serious diseases. The immune system’s superiority of those under chiropractic care did not appear to diminish with age.

2.  Get adequate rest to sustain your bodies daily routine that we love!

3.  Don’t stop exercising.

4.  Wash your hands. For real it’s that simple, wash your hands.

5.   Being consistent and diligent with your diet.

6.  Create positive thoughts or be a positive thought. By creating positive thoughts and being around positive people you will decrease the bodies ability to produce stress hormones which will breed dis-ease and compromise your immune system. Positive like a proton.

Sustaining your immune system is a tough job. This is why you should get your spine checked regularly. If you think being well is expensive, what is the price for disease/sickness care? Time has and always will perpetuate those methods which better serve mankind. Hit the sweet spot and sustain your immune system by being consistent.

Why A Spinal-Check Up Is First, Then The Adjustment

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Why wouldn’t you want to access something first before making a change? Accessing the damage before alterations are made sounds pretty smart to us. In Gonstead Chiropractic we utilize the initial X-rays every spinal check-ups coupled with our tool of choice, the Neurocalometer (Scope). The Scope allows us to see inflammation along the spinal column and then to match it accordingly with your X-rays to see if this is an actual subluxation that needs an adjustment or if this is a compensation that is created via a subluxation that does NOT need adjusted.

Often times when it comes to your body and more specifically the spinal column, we assume that the area of pain is the area of correction. This is more often NOT the case. When a subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column placing undo stress upon a single nerve fiber) exists it disrupts the communication between the brain and body. Meaning? It changes the outcome of every tissue cell that is supposed to be in ideal function for that specific moment. A subluxation disrupts your body’s ability to be properly adapt and changes the course of your health. It doesn’t allow your brain an accurate reality of what is really happening.

Why in Gonstead Chiropractic do we use Neurocalometer before we adjust the spinal column. This is our tool of choice that we use for daily visits to access the spinal column looking for minute differences in temperature from one side of the spine to the next. Neural relationships to skin temperature offer a noninvasive method of quantifying neural function.

No other metric of healthy function has been used for as long as skin temperature. Nearly 2,500 years ago Hippocrates was said to have used a slurry of mud over the skin to identify those areas that dried fastest due to heat levels of the skin. As current research explains, thermal variability in humans is a sign of a healthy system (Adaptability Textbook).  

Enhancing Athletic Performance With Chiropractic

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The science of Chiropractic is founded on the premise that a proper Central Nerve System is essential to controlling and regulating the functioning of the human body by being able to properly ADAPT to the loads of internal and external stressors. This is impressive, am I right?  Guess what? The science is not new. The founding principles have existed way before the application of Chiropractic existed.

Innately the Central Nerve System (CNS) uses nerves to control every system in your body. Much like electricity uses wires as a conduit to travel across. Just like training the muscles through training and practice the spinal column needs regular check-ups during the stress you place on it. There is no healing force outside of the human body – Dr. Issac Jennings

Athletes are always looking for the edge to make sure the body is in peak potential. Understand when minor misalignments of the spine, referred to as subluxations occur they immediately cause nerve interference and weaken the entire structure of the human body. When subluxations exist for a period of time they inhibit biomechanical function that the athlete needs. Athletic injuries are often caused by improper biomechanics of muscle imbalances within the spine. Over time subluxations begin to inhibit performance which means

  • Delayed muscle response
  • Slower muscle contractions
  • More susceptible to injuries
  • Delayed mental activity
  • Etc Etc

Dr. Wolpert a Neuroscientist said it best with this statement – To understand movement is to understand the whole brain. And therefore it’s important to remember when you are studying memory, cognition, sensory processing, they’re there for a reason, and that reason is ACTION.

The body feeds on motion, and being an athlete, proper motion is KEY to optimal performance. Overuse is the top concern for athletes and combating the negative impact begins by making sure the CNS is free of interference to allow the body to heal after repetitive use. It’s not just the competitive nature of maintaining a healthy and optimal CNS, overall it benefits you in the long run.

Judging Your Health Much?

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How does one judge their health? Most of the time we judge our health on how we ‘feel’ on a day to day basis. WE are a day to day society. We forget the BIG picture that the only easy day was yesterday. Longevity and proper CONTINUAL maintenance is key. Most of the time people judge their health based on certain criteria, external influences that become important because we deem them so, which is a lie. If you really think about it, just because a person might “look” good or perform a certain physical feat doesn’t mean they are healthy. The person who has six-pack abs, runs marathons, is allergic to every type of food, has constant GI problems…and the list goes on, would you consider to be ‘healthy’?

·  How we look in the mirror (any wrinkles)

·  How much we weigh on the scale

·  How long we have been on a certain “diet trend”

·  How many push-ups we can do

·  How small our double-chin is

·  How many signs and symptoms we DON’T have

To judge your health first and foremost begins with looking where your health begins. We can accomplish an accurate assessment of your health via x-ray analysis. By visualizing the spinal bones we are able to access the health of the Central Nerve System (it is your health). The age old adage that ” Beauty lies within” is so relevant to us. We assume the term is for dating and meeting the love of your life. Just as well, the beauty of your spinal column will dictate your overall health and well-being.

By removing any source of irritation to the Central Nerve System the body will be healthy and the spinal column properly aligned. You live your life through your Central Nerve System. By keeping the spine aligned your Central Nerve System has an accurate grip on your health and better able to adapt to the stressors you place it on. Look within the body for health.

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

Subluxation…It’s Like Bad Wi-Fi

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Ever have bad Wi-Fi? We have come along way with technology advances, and it has almost become second nature that we should ALWAYS have great Wi-Fi service, wherever we go. Yet, the fact remains that all too often we get stuck with bad Wi-Fi connections in our daily routine. With a bad connection to our Wi-Fi, we are unable to perform our tasks at that accelerated and accurate rate that we are used to performing at. Be honest, we love to have spot on service and use our connection at lightning speed. A bad connection is not a full disconnection: it can still get the job done, it’s just not productive to be around.

The brain-body connection is fundamental in establishing and maintaining your overall health and well-being. Without this proper connection, your health would cease to exist. The central nerve systems (brain, spinal cord) sole responsibility is to make all the other systems in the body, and to regulate their function on a day to day basis. Sound important?

A subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column, creating interference on a single nerve) exists when our body is unable to adapt to the loads of stress that we acquire regularly. When a subluxation exists for a period of time uncorrected, it automatically disconnects the brain-bodies potential to be optimal. Fortunately, it’s not a full disconnect. It’s like having bad Wi-Fi. The connection is weakened and messages still come and go, just not in the ideal state that we are used to performing.

Regular spinal check-ups by your Chiropractor examine the spine to find subluxations, adjusting if necessary. In doing so allows the brain-body connection to become optimal and enables your body to heal from the disconnection that was established. You can replace a bad wireless router; you cannot replace your central nerve system. Don’t settle for suppressing a symptom. Get to the cause of the problem.

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.