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Jan 16

Orthodontics for your Spine

One of the biggest myths about chiropractic is that “once you start, you have to go forever.”

First of all, it is entirely up to you how long you choose to continue to get adjusted. Of course, like any other healthy habit, the longer you maintain it, the better your quality of life. But just to clear up some confusion, let’s look at the process of a comprehensive schedule of chiropractic care in another light.

Perhaps the most apt analogy for corrective care for the spine is reconstructive orthodontics for your teeth. Both disciplines consist of an initial phase of care that usually involves overcoming a structural weakness, followed by a reconstructive or rehabilitative phase of care, and finally culminating in wellness or maintenance.

The earliest phase of your care usually consists of the highest visit frequency. In cases of chronic structural imbalances to the spine it is common to initially require adjustments a few days a week until spinal joints begin holding their proper position.

Using our orthodontic analogy, this would be the point at which the brackets and wires are put on your teeth and you are seen for check-ups every couple weeks. Since there is no wire affixed to your spine, your chiropractic visits occur more frequently than orthodontic appointments, and are instead “wired together” by specific exercises, postural recommendations, etc.

As strength and stability return, your visit frequency is diminished. This is the phase in which the orthodontist would also begin spacing out his visits and begin to “tweak” the wires to make fine adjustments to your teeth and allow them to settle into their new structural pattern. In both cases, this is a critical phase of care in that it is setting the stage for lifelong wellness or maintenance.

In regard to orthodontics, this is when you would be fitted for a retainer to be worn at least nightly for the rest of your life, or for as long as you wish to maintain healthy teeth.
As for chiropractic, this marks the transition to a schedule of wellness or maintenance care to ensure a lifelong abundance of health and well-being.

The maintenance or wellness phase of care is without a doubt the most important. What is sickness, but a lack of wellness? The whole objective of everything leading up to your wellness care is to get your body back to its natural state of balance. Once there, staying well is simply a matter of sustaining that balance.

Wear your retainer and maintain a life of health and wellness. Or neglect your maintenance and have the braces put back on? The choice is clear.

Jan 3

Dont make a resolution, start setting more goals!

It is estimated that approximately 3% of the population has a set of concrete, written goals. If the full impact of goal setting were realized, and more importantly the results it produces, we would undoubtedly see more people engaging in it.

In a follow-up study of one prominent university’s graduating class, the 3% of graduates with written goals outperformed the other 97% combined!

If you are new to goal setting, here are some tips to get you going. This is by no means a comprehensive course on goals, but should at least serve as a good starting point.

Goals are most effective when they are written down, and although goal setting usually begins as simple lists like to-do lists, a journal dedicated specifically to your goals is a great asset. Not only does it keep the goals in front of you, but it serves as a record of your accomplishments. Drawing on past success is extremely motivating, especially as your goals get larger and more audacious.

In addition to a journal, it is also a good idea to utilize index cards and post-it notes that can be placed anywhere you are sure to see them throughout the day. Some suggestions are the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, your dashboard, your computer, etc. The idea is to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind and prevent them from getting swept away by the monotony of the day.

When writing goals you must be as specific as possible. The more clear and crisp the image, the more likely you are to achieve it. If you wanted to lose weight, for example, simply stating, “I would like to lose some weight” is too vague a statement to have any meaningful impact. Instead, a goal would sound something more like, “I will lose 25 pounds and reach my goal weight of 119 pounds by August 31.” You can see that this goal is measurable in both weight and in time. Come August 31, you have either met your goal or you haven’t.

Review your goals at least 3 times a day, preferably first thing in the morning, the last thing before bed, and then somewhere mid-day. Don’t worry too much initially about how you will accomplish your goal. When you get proficient at setting goals and continually reviewing them, your mind will come up with the “hows”.

Start with small goals that are relatively easy to accomplish and build momentum to bigger and bolder goals. If you don’t hit a goal by its deadline, don’t worry. Just rework the goal, set a new date, and recommit to getting it done.
Start today. As you begin checking off goals in the coming weeks your life will begin to take on new depth and greater meaning.

Dec 5

Physical Injury Prevention

Of the 3 causes of subluxations, physical, chemical, and emotional, most would consider the physical causes to be pretty transparent. After all, you don’t slip and fall and not know it.

But while physical triggers certainly consist of falls, auto accidents, sporting injuries, and so forth, the majority of us are more often affected by lesser considered, but much more prevalent causes. Things such as sleeping positions, the way we habitually sit, slouching, carrying purses and backpacks, occupational activities, etc.

Day after day of the same repetitive actions and movements eventually changes the physical balance of the body, often resulting in the development of subluxations. Let’s face it, if you are living any sort of physical lifestyle whatsoever, your spine is bound to end up with subluxations at some point.

So what’s a person to do? There are positive steps that you can implement to minimize the physical strain on your body and to help increase the effectiveness of your adjustments.

First, positive, structured physical activity is a must on a daily basis. Strength training and cardiovascular fitness can help counteract the negative forces that we inevitably place on our bodies every single day. And no, getting in and out of your car between sales trips does not constitute adequate exercise. Invest the time to take care of your physical health properly; it will pay huge dividends for years to come.

Secondly, it is extremely important that we pay strict attention to our posture. Keep in mind that the spine should be straight up and down from the front or back and should have 3 natural curves when viewed from the side. Your goal should be to maintain that posture as much as possible at all times.

This means that we need to continually be aware of how we are sitting, sleeping, lifting, driving, standing, etc.Every physical activity you engage in has an impact on your body, and most of that impact is absorbed by the spinal column. If we are not doing our absolute best to maintain the spine, its natural tendency is to break down.

If you have any questions regarding how to properly implement an exercise plan or how to overcome incorrect postural habits, please let us know so that we can work with you to get you your absolute healthiest.
Remember that only a specific chiropractic adjustment can correct a spinal subluxation, but putting some simple action steps into play can not only complement your chiropractic care, but also increase the resilience of your physical body.

Nov 27

Detox your Mind

Whether you realize it or not, one of the most powerful forces in your life is your self-image. A positive, healthy self-image can carry you to heights you’ve never imagined, while a negative self-image will pin you down like a lead weight.
To a large degree your self-image is influenced by the pictures and messages you continually feed into your mind. Positive, uplifting messages help to foster a healthy self image, while stories of doom and despair are sure to bring you down.

Your mind, just like your body, is conditioned by the pattern of your daily habits. If you get into the routine of exercising every day and putting wholesome nutritious food into your body, it is inevitable that your level of health will improve. By the same token, feasting on donuts and soda everyday while taking up permanent residence on the couch is like punching your ticket on the express train out of here.
By treating our minds like our bodies, that is feeding them what makes them healthier and exercising them the right way, we can make a complete shift in our mental make-up.
Detoxing your mind takes practice and discipline, but the payoff is invaluable. The eventual goal should be to always ooze positivity, but start by challenging yourself with a few days to a week of elevating your attitude and build from there. Journal your progress and take note of the changes that you see in yourself and in those around you.

Start by replacing the “junk food” that you force feed into your head with outrageously nutritious material. Focus on feeding nothing but positive, motivating things into your mind. This goes for what you watch, read, listen to, and most importantly, what you think.
Replace the dread and corruption reported on the evening news with a motivational reading, spiritual study, or uplifting music. Break away from gossip and get into the habit of passing out compliments.
If negative thoughts about yourself or someone else enter your mind (and they will) work on eliminating them or putting a positive spin on them. For example, instead of complaining that your water bill is too high, come up with creative ways to lower it or simply be thankful that you have running water at the turn of a knob.
You draw into your life those things that you consistently focus your time and energy on. Become a magnet for happiness and prosperity by continually thinking happy, prosperous thoughts.

Nov 6

We are living longer, but are we healthy?

Would you like to live to be 100?  You would be surprised at how many people would answer “no” to that question.  Many people are in such poor health that it is a physical and emotional struggle to get through each day, let alone an entire century.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

Actually, if we are living properly, enjoying the rich quality of life that we are entitled to, we should all be thrilled to live to 100!  In fact, the hard part should be figuring out how to squeeze all of our goals and accomplishments into such a relatively short period of time.

It’s true that we’re living longer than our ancestors, but while the medical profession is quick to point out that our lifespan is increasing, what remains hidden in the fine print is the atrocious quality of life that our senior population must endure.  Twinkies® have a long shelf life, but it would be a stretch to call them healthy.

A strong nervous system is the foundation of health and longevity, and it is like a bright light glowing deep within.  Dim the light and your quality of life dims along with it.  Extinguish the light and you die.

The key to living a long, healthy life is to maximize the function of the nervous system as long as possible.  Chiropractic does exactly that.

Understand that longevity is built right now.  Today.  This very day is part of your 100 years.  Your state of health at this moment is a result of your actions yesterday and the days prior.  Your state of health tomorrow depends on what you do today.

Health is not black and white.  It is a continuum, with death at one end and complete wellness at the other end.  We are never stagnant, we are constantly moving back and forth along the scale.

Every action you take either moves you toward health or away from it, and the key to longevity is to habitually engage in those activities that drive you in the right direction.  Things like chiropractic adjustments, daily exercise, proper nutrition, gratitude, a positive mental outlook, spiritual fulfillment, love, and so on.

It’s been said that success is a journey, not a destination.  The same can be said of longevity.  If a long, healthy life is a goal of yours, then don’t just let your life play out and hope for the best.  Longevity is not about dragging out an existence just to make it to a certain age.  Longevity is a byproduct of living the right way every single day until, before you know it, a hundred years have passed.

=’ms{?ae???  Rather than tamper with a perfectly designed system, one of the best ways to ensure a healthy life is to correct the subluxation, get out of the way, and then let innate do its work.

 

Oct 30

Innate Intelligence

“Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the innate power that animates the  living world?”              -B.J. Palmer, D.C.

Did you ever wonder what makes a newborn baby cry when it is hungry?  A tiny infant a few days out of the womb can communicate his needs to his mother without the ability to utter a single syllable of his native language.  He didn’t learn this skill by reading a book, watching a video, or by any other form of educated intelligence.  Rather, this instinct was inborn, instilled within by his creator, and is a product of what chiropractors call INNATE INTELLIGENCE.  Innate intelligence is what created you from 2 tiny cells, and it continues to run your body to this day.

Innate causes you to shiver when you are cold and to perspire when you are hot.  Innate makes you experience hunger when your body needs food, and thirst when it needs water.  If you have a harmful virus in your body, innate creates a fever to burn it up.  Innate forms scabs to heal open wounds.  Simply put, innate controls and coordinates every system, organ, tissue, and cell in the human body, and without it, life would cease to exist.

The best part is, innate is always on the job whether you realize it or not.  Think about it.  Do you have to concentrate on making your heart beat every day? Do you have to coax your finger to heal if it is cut?  What would we ever get done if we had to walk our digestive systems through the process of breaking down our food every time we eat?

Spinal subluxations act like roadblocks along the highway of nerve communication.  When you understand that subluxations interfere with your innate expression of life you can begin to see how conditions like digestive disorders, sleep disturbances, lowered immunity, and allergies can be linked back to spinal imbalances.  Correct the subluxation, restore power to the body.  That’s the impact of the adjustment!

What drug out there corrects a subluxation?  What prescription is written to boost your innate power?  In an attempt to outsmart our creator we are continually urged to poison our bodies with chemicals that work in opposition to our natural life process.

Where do you place your trust?  In the power that created and gave life to the world around you, or in laboratory-born chemicals that take the lives of thousands every year?

Sometimes there is immense power in simplicity.  Rather than tamper with a perfectly designed system, one of the best ways to ensure a healthy life is to correct the subluxation, get out of the way, and then let innate do its work.

Oct 23

HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK

To understand how chiropractic works, you only need to look at the basic structure of the human body.

Let’s start at the beginning.  When we are developing from the union of 2 microscopic cells, the first thing to form is what will eventually be recognized as the brain, followed by the spinal cord.  Thus, the central nervous system is set in place before any of the other organs and tissues.

The brain and spinal cord are first to develop for a reason.  If you have even the most elementary understanding of the human body, you recognize that the brain runs the whole show.  In order for any of the other organs to develop properly and function in unison, they need to be fed and orchestrated by the nervous system.

Think about it.  Without a nerve supply your heart doesn’t beat, your stomach doesn’t digest, and your lungs don’t process air. To put it more bluntly, you die without your nerve supply.

But now let’s say that we don’t take your nerve supply away, but instead we dampen it down a bit, like softening the lights with a dimmer switch.  You still have most of your nerve supply, so you don’t die; but you certainly don’t fully live either.

This is exactly what happens when the bones in your spine become misaligned, or what chiropractors call subluxated.  You see, in order for those nerve messages to get from the brain into the heart, lungs, and other organs, they are transported down the spinal cord and then out through the nerves that exit the spinal column between the vertebra.  From there they continue on to the specific organ or tissue.

When the spine is in its proper alignment nerve impulses are conveyed in their full capacity, allowing the body to function at its peak.

Subluxations (misaligned spinal bones) choke off vital nerve impulses by “pinching” on spinal nerves, resulting in decreased nerve flow and compromised health.

Chiropractic adjustments correct misaligned vertebra, allowing the body to return to its balanced state, heal from the inside out, and express 100% life.  Block the nervous system and the body breaks down.  Free up pinched nerves and health returns.  It’s that simple.

Many of the conditions and symptoms that people treat endlessly with medications would be better addressed by a chiropractor.

Oct 16

Are you really working with your body?

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” –Abraham Lincoln

Pain killer…Check.  Anti-inflammatory…Check.  Muscle relaxer…Check.  Antidepressant…Check. 

And that’s just breakfast!

For many, starting the day by downing a handful of pills has become the norm, a natural accompaniment to their eggs and toast.

You take pills because you are taught to.  Because somehow the drugs are supposed to wipe the slate clean and zero out your not so healthy lifestyle choices.  Inherently you know that the drugs are not the best thing for you, but you figure that you can settle for good enough if the pills can help you just get by.

There is a reason that every drug or pill that you are prescribed comes with a list of side effects and warnings.  Continually putting foreign/toxic substances into your body over the long run often creates more illness than health.

The reality is that the body is designed to heal from the inside out and express life through an inborn intelligence, and it is only when this intelligence is impeded that the body begins to break down.

Drugging an imbalanced body does nothing to bring it back into balance, and in fact while on the surface it may appear that the drugs are serving a positive purpose, underneath, the body is thrown farther into a state of stress and dis-ease.  In effect, you have created a house divided.

The natural, recuperative power of the body is now pitted against the drug’s toxic effects.  Even when drugs are designed as closely as possible to work in harmony with the human body, it simply is not feasible to introduce chemicals into the body without also inducing stress.

You are either working to support the body’s innate healing or you are working against it.  You can’t have it both ways and expect to see positive change over a lifetime.

The key to producing a lifetime of health and wellness is to develop a unified front; to unleash the full power of the body’s nervous system and then to nurture it through exercise, good nutrition, adequate rest, and a positive mental outlook.

Chiropractic works in unison with the body and serves to optimize your innate healing potential.  It is the natural choice to replenish and maintain optimal health!

Oct 9

Whiplash

Crash!  The impact from behind drives your car forward, and your body along with it, while your head is suspended in space above the headrest.  Within milliseconds, your body’s forward momentum causes your head to “whip” to catch up, resulting in a sprain/strain injury to the muscles and ligaments, and placing tremendous force on the bones, joints, and discs of the cervical spine.

This is classic whiplash and can occur even in low speed accidents or “fender benders”.  What’s more, a whiplash effect to the neck can occur even in the absence of an auto accident.  A blow to the head, a slip and fall accident, sports injuries…anything that creates a sudden, impactful force to the head and neck, or wrenches the body such that the cervical spine is traumatized, can potentially result in a whiplash injury.

Symptoms associated with whiplash accidents can include headaches, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness, numbness and tingling into the arms, loss of sleep, and anxiety.  Secondary symptoms can develop into the mid back and even into the lumbar spine.

While the acute pain and soreness associated with whiplash can gradually pass in a few weeks time as inflammation subsides, the resulting subluxation pattern and structural damage can last a lifetime if not addressed promptly and correctly.

When spinal bones and joints lose their natural position they not only have the potential to choke off vital nerve impulses from the brain to the body, but they are now also a weak link in the spine that can perpetuate further injuries, accelerate spinal decay, and induce disc disease.

Whiplash is typically identified on x-rays as a reversal of the neck’s natural forward curvature.  In cases in which this structural damage occurred years prior, the reversed curve is usually accompanied by obvious degenerative changes such as bone spurs and disc thinning.

The standard post-injury ER regimen of pain killers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxers does nothing to address the physical and neurological damage incurred by whiplash injuries.

The body can occasionally “self-correct” or find its natural balance when facing minor spinal misalignments resulting from simple daily activities.  However, this is rarely the case when it comes to whiplash.  Therefore it is imperative that you have your spine checked as soon as possible after any injury that you suspect may have resulted in whiplash.

Oct 2

Your Nervous System is Incredible

Your nervous system is the powerhouse of your body.  Nerve impulses are produced in the brain and are sent down through the spinal cord, exiting the cord at different levels to supply life to every cell, tissue, and organ.

Optimize the expression of the nervous system and you have your best chance at being healthy.  Completely remove the body’s nerve supply and you die.  It’s just that simple.

In fact, your central nervous system is so vital to your health and well-being that it is completely protected by bone.  Your brain is housed inside a built-in helmet called the skull, and the spinal cord lies within the bony spinal column just as a trunk line of wires would be housed inside a protective conduit.

But there are a couple major distinctions between the spinal column and a solid conduit.  First, the spine is segmented into smaller bones that stack together to form a column.  Secondly, there are tiny openings between these bones to allow for spinal nerves to exit.  This ingenious design is essential for mobility and for the transport of life from the brain down.  But it also allows for the small bones that make up the spine to kink or shift out of position.

You see, every day we put stresses on our bodies that can adversely affect our posture and our structural stability.  Day by day the way you sit, stand, sleep, lift, work at your job, etc. might not seem like such a stress to your spine, but after weeks, months, and years of the same repetitive activities, the body begins to break down.  When spinal bones misalign and pinch off vital nerve flow, chiropractors call this a subluxation. The purpose of chiropractic is to “adjust” the subluxation back into its proper position, thereby allowing the maximum expression of life from the brain into every part of the body.

Most of the spine’s nerve roots are made up of motor nerves that run the body rather than pain receptors.  Therefore, the gradual misalignment of spinal bones often goes unnoticed until the end stage when pain or other symptoms finally develop.  Contrary to what traditional health care teaches us, the symptom is not the problem, but rather a byproduct of the true underlying cause.  Taking medication to cover the symptoms is like slapping a coat of paint on a crumbling foundation.  Not only is it ineffective, but it can be downright dangerous.

The path to true health lies in optimizing the integrity of the nerve system and allowing the body to find its natural balance.  The path to true health leads to chiropractic.