|How many times does one associate something negative happening to their body with the saying, “Guess it’s just old AGE”? In the most honest way ever of conveying this message to you, regardless of what you have been told, age is NOT a disease.|
Everyone ages, we’re supposed to. The “effects” that either slow or accelerate the process is ultimately determined by you and your actions. When it comes to “anti- aging” consumer products, we often get too involved in the outside paint job and how we look. The paint job may look well and dandy, but remember you only get one engine to run with. That ‘engine’ being the central nerve system-the inside of the body that runs all other systems and coordinates all actions that you perform.
How do you take care of your central nerve system? By fine tuning the ‘engine’ with regular spinal check-ups to detect and correct vertebral subluxations (misalignments within the spinal column creating nerve interference). By maintaining the health of your central nerve system, you will be able to age at your appropriate ‘rate’.
Paraphrasing Ruth Jackson, MD, on the etiology of aging in the spine, “If any single aging process exists, it is not known at the present time, intrinsic and extrinsic factors are involved undoubtedly. Biomedical science has sought to define the fundamental basis of aging, but the origin of biological aging remains an enigma.”
How much “Chiropractic Care” does my body need to put up a preventative act? It should be such that the level of care is equal to that of your lifestyle. There are lots of different engines out there designed for different lifestyles, all still requiring certain levels of regular maintenance to prevent the inevitable aging process. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure ”- Benjamin Franklin.
It’s time to recognize the dedication that comes with being “healthy.” Health is an entity that is often misunderstood and taken for granted until one begins to lose health. If you think you’re on track, eat some ‘Humble Pie’ and keep on reading.
Everything we know about the human body stems from its origin through the central nerve system (CNS.) Any organ, cell, tissue, or muscle has a specific design, with its roots originating from the CNS. Still to this very day, every experience that your body encounters is coordinated and processed via your CNS. In other words, you cannot express your life without your CNS.
What needs to occur consistently to reach your health’s potential? Spinal check-ups! Think of your spinal column as a coat of armor that protects your CNS. Through normal wear and tear stress is placed upon this armor and subluxations (spinal misalignments creating nerve inteference) can appear. Without regular spinal check-ups to ensure your armor is in alignment, the body will begin to operate in a dysfunctional state.
Most of us understand that diet, exercise, and rest are important factors for health and well-being. However, many often neglect the system that is able to process your food, break down the proper nutrients, allow your body to benefit from exercise, and heal tissue cells when it’s time to rest. The CNS of course! If you are under regular Chiropractic care, eat some “Humble Pie!” You are taking your actual health in your own hands.
It’s hard work to sustain your health. Do not be persuaded by trends, fads, quick fixes, or “gizmos”. From The Journal Of The American Medical Association: “The word gizmo refers to a mechanical device or procedure for which the clinical benefit in a specific clinical context is not clearly established.”
We should point out that the principles of Chiropractic are not new. In fact the ancient Greeks and other civilizations used spinal adjustments as a form of early health care. There is no secret or magic formula when it comes to your health. Keep on keeping on! “The physical structure is the basis of medicine”-Hippocrates
Marching towards your health goals begins with owning the certainty of what you would like to achieve. Defining these health goals helps retain focus on performing positive actions over and over again. Take, for instance, the path deemed to be “best” to sustain a healthy life.
To be “healthy,” we are often persuaded by external stimuli that have given someone else some relief. While changing and maintaining health may begin with a transitional day, for instance, New Year’s Day, being present in health is a constant march that requires your time and energy on a routine basis.
Exercise…check. Food…check. Mindset…check. Spinal care….often left un-checked. Your spine protects the most crucial system in the human body, the central nerve system (CNS). Think of your spine as the body of your vehicle and the CNS as the engine, which is necessary for your vehicle to run properly. Without constant check-ups to your engine and regular care the engine begins to suffer, thus leading to early problems that could have been prevented.
The march towards health is a ever changing game. Being healthy and not healthy is not a black and white picture. In between these two states there are several different shades of gray that you must transition past in obtaining whichever state you would like to be in. You are either marching towards the health state or away from it, either way you must march to your own beat, towards your own goals.
The Chiropractic adjustment is the one thing that fine tunes your engine to do exactly what it needs to do when you need it most…naturally and specifically. The great news is that not all engines are the same and with our system of Gonstead Chiropractic this enables us to perfect your mechanizing to generate results that allow you to perform the march of health on a consistent basis without limitations.
Traditional “health care” as we call it is really a sickness business. Its sole purpose is only to function re-actively, after people have become sick. No emphasis is set forth on the approach of prevention and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. According to Paul Zane Pilzer, a leading economist and author, approximately one-seventh of the United States economy, or about $1.8 trillion, is devoted to this sickness business.
The current model we utilize is broken down into three different categories. Primary care being the most basic, which involves your family doctor, pediatrician or internist. Secondary care involves the specialist typically at the local hospital such as the cardiologist. Tertiary care is the kidney transplant surgeon or sub-specialist usually at an academic medical center. While these categories serve a purpose, what about preventing even entering into this model?
What about informing the consumer that health comes from the inside. How about participating in a process of health that seeks to heal dis-ease within the body instead of seeking a diagnosis in order to receive treatment. People are recognizing the benefit of seeing a chiropractor who will help them achieve and maintain optimal health proactively. Chiropractic care does not fit into the current model that we utilize. Chiropractic care focuses specifically on the central nervous system, the master control system that regulates and controls every experience that your body encounters.
Understand that the spinal column being the only segmented structure of bone through which nerves pass through and send messages back and forth from the brain to body. When a subluxation (misalignment of the spine) places undo stress on a specific spinal nerve creating chronic interference with the transmission of nerves it will begin the dis-ease process. To enable the body to begin the healing process starts with looking within the body. Medication does not solve this process. A healthy inside is not found in a pill, a hospital, or under the surgeon’s knife. In fact these things are only indications of an unhealthy lifestyle. You have the power to make healthy choices.
Spinal bracing- these two words should not be used together in the same sentence unless you have sustained a major accident, injury, or trauma to the spinal region that was life threatening. In that case then yes. For the other 99% of the population bracing should only be acceptable when dealing with the teeth. The spine is supposed to be freely movable due to the fact that it interprets all of your external and internal data via spinal nerves through movement.
When a subluxation (misalignment within the spinal column) exists within the spinal column it applies pressure on a spinal nerve thus creating a chronic state of fight or flight. Not only does the subluxation create dysfunction within your body it also creates inappropriate movement patterns. Your body enters into a state of survival and fortunately/unfortunately people can learn to live this way. The body can learn to live in a chronic state of dis-ease (which means your body is not at ease). This is, in part, due to your adrenal glands firing off more than they should be due to the inability to adapt to the stressor placed upon yourself in the spinal column.
Anyone who has had braces on their teeth knows how long it can take to move teeth. That perfect smile doesn’t just happen overnight, an orthodontist slowly applies pressure to move the teeth over many months. Chiropractic care uses the same approach with correcting spinal subluxations. It takes time for a spine to become subluxated, and it also takes time to retrain the body to get back to proper alignment. The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. The most important project you’ll ever work on is yourself.
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.
Disc Disc Disc, The Importance Of The Disc Within The Spine
Let’s talk about disc spacing and why it often gets left out when discussing spinal hygiene. A disc acts as a cushion between each single vertebra and is your shock absorber for every action that you encounter in life. Think gravity! Not only does it function as a shock absorber, it allows proper spacing between each spinal bone to form a canal in which the spinal nerve exits through. This canal provides protection and open communication for the spinal nerve to be a two way communicator from the brain to the body and the body to the brain. This makes it vitally important to your overall health.
Understanding the disc space comes from utilizing x-ray analysis. As a Gonstead chiropractor we study and analyze the x-ray films to calculate and adjust “through” the disc space. It is the analysis of the disc and the changes it undergoes that gives the most reliable information for locating the subluxation. To judge the level and condition of the subluxation is to access the surrounding disc space. When a subluxation occurs it creates a displacement within the spinal column which will place stress upon the disc. As a result the disc will produce undo stress upon the spinal nerve exiting through the canal. This in turn will create health problems.
Subluxations that remain uncorrected will cause calcium deposits and bone spurs to occur. Nerve and soft tissue damage will ensue. The subluxated vertebrae will become rough and uneven on the surfaces compressing the disc and resulting in the loss of its natural cushioning. The process accelerates causing the disc to collapse and fusion begins. The final stage of disc degeneration from an uncorrected subluxation is when the bones are fused together creating immobility and even more severe health problems. Keep the disc space alive and mobile with specific adjustments and you keep the channel open for the nerve to express your life through. Happy disc = happy nerve = healthy you.
The Role Of Chiropractic In Your Life
What is the role of Chiropractic in your life? The primary focus of Chiropractic is to simply remove those things that interfere with the body’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy about the inner workings of the human body. By understanding how the spine and central nervous system is connected, the scene is set for exploring how dysfunction within the spine can lead to impaired health and well-being.
The key focus of Chiropractic study is to detect and correct vertebral subluxations. In turn this will restore the healthy function of the spine and nerve system. Remove the vertebral subluxation in order for your body to better be able to adapt and correctly function. When a vertebral subluxation exists it will create tension and stress on the spinal nerve due to the strain of the disc in between the vertebrae. The effects of the displacement protrudes the disc and creates stress on the spinal nerve. Edema will create pressure on the nerve resulting in one of two things happening, stimulation or inhibition. As a direct result the cells, tissues, glands, and organs that the nerve supplies will either be stimulated or inhibited.
Everyone should have access to chiropractic care right from birth through to the day they pass away. I believe a lot of suffering could be prevented if this was the case. Changing our health care system is and will be at the top forefront of a healthier lifestyle for all. There are lots of people who could stand to benefit from learning how to take better care of themselves. We know the function of the spine impacts our brain’s ability to interpret other things that are going on in and around us, an internal reality. Effective health care begins with an accurate inner reality. Adjusting the spine to restore optimal spinal function, actually changes the way the brain functions. Remove any source of irritation to the central nerve system by keeping your spine healthy and aligned.
Tackling Gut Problems From Within The Body
The Gut! Tackling gut problems from within the body is focused on decreasing internal inflammation that is causing symptoms to appear in people who have “gut problems.” What kind of gut problems? IBS, constipation, diverticulitis, reflux, etc etc. The list goes on and on when it comes to gut problems. More people become concerned with the symptom that they have and attempt to cover -up the signs they are producing besides addressing the actual concern. The brain – body connection is dysfunctional.
Remember that the central nervous system coordinates, controls, and makes everything in your entire body. The CNS does this via a network of cables called nerves. When a nerve becomes irritated in the spinal column due to instability from a subluxation, the nerve is not in normal ‘tone’. As a direct result of the nerve being irritated in the spinal column, the organs, cells, tissues, and glands that the nerve coordinates will become dysfunctional as well. How so? The spine is a direct extension from the brain. When a nerve is not in normal ‘tone’ and not sending the proper messages, the body in return will show symptoms from that subluxation. Think of it like a super highway that is under construction. Who honestly likes construction on a super highway? No one!
A study from the 2016 Gastroenterology journal suggests that the vagus nerve is extremely precious not only for homeostasis of a variety of organ systems, but also for the regulation of appetite, mood, and inflammation. Common gut conditions can be greatly influenced by the function of the vagus nerve. It’s all about the brain – body connection. Research confirms the importance of a well adjusted spine on the function of the vagus nerve. Optimal function begins and ends from within the body. Don’t treat symptoms. Chiropractic can get your digestive system working by focusing on the cause. A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your attitude and your mood.
Proper Structure = Proper Posture
Special attention must be given when talking and differentiating between structure and posture. Definition of structure – the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex. The human body is COMPLEX to say the least. In Chiropractic we utilize the science that the body is an entire unit. The patient is an entity and must be dealt with as such. The primary need is to correct all faults in the entire architecture of the patient.
In Chiropractic we visualize the spinal column via x-ray analysis to understand the health of the most important and complex system within your entire body…the central nerve system. Your spinal structure is often hindered by vertebral subluxations that create chaos within the most complex system in the body. Nevertheless, structural corrections must be made to restore normal flow of the CNS. Imagine the importance of x-ray’s and getting a clear understanding of what to do for the patient, most importantly though, of what not to do. Primo Non Nocere (First, not to injure).
Proper spinal structure will bring about proper posture. The definition of posture- the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting. People can have “good” posture and still have a poor spinal structure. Imagine how much more energy the body would have if the spinal structure was intact within the proper limits. When subluxations exist within the spinal column, your muscles begin to work harder and faster than they should to maintain the constant fight of gravity. Your body is always attempting to right itself and make sure the eyes are level to go throughout your day. Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. Posture is on the outside of the body and we know that it’s the inside that counts. It’s the inside of the body that heals, adapts, and makes corrections. The body craves alignment. Making good structural corrections will lead to the proper posture.