Why do we brush and floss our teeth?
In order to prevent tooth and gum disease and keep our teeth white.
Prevention is the key aspect here.
We know that whether we have symptoms or not, we need to practice consistent dental hygiene because we don’t want to develop a condition.
By the time we feel pain or symptoms of cavities or other conditions, we have been developing or growing into this state for quite some time.
The same is true for the spine.
The spine and spinal cord are the lifeline between the brain and body.
If we don’t take good care of our spine, focusing on strength, mobility, and proper alignment, the spine will decay just like our teeth.
Quality of life is directly proportional to the quality of our spine and nervous system.
Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to locate dysfunctional areas of the spine affecting proper nerve function and restore normal function with gentile and specific chiropractic adjustments.
While many people first seek chiropractic care as a solution to a pain related issue, many people chose regular chiropractic maintenance or wellness care to help them express their full potential in life and avoid developing issues later.
It is easy to see how those under wellness care in our practice benefit compared to those just starting care or those that use chiropractic as acute care or natural pain relief.
Those under wellness care not only experience fewer aches and pains, but they sleep better, get injured or flared up less, fall to sickness infrequently, recover faster when they do and overall live a life less restricted by their body.
For the little ones wellness can be especially important.
It helps ensure that developing nervous systems are doing so free of interference, allowing optimal expression of life and greater likelihood of hitting growth milestones on time and in the right order.
Like diet and exercise, wellness is a lifestyle choice.
No medical textbook or dictionary has ever defined health as the absence of symptoms.
For this reason, it’s important to take a proactive approach to our health and spinal hygiene to ensure that we age gracefully and reach our full genetic potential.
This is why in our office we don’t use the term “get adjusted,” rather we use “get checked and adjusted when necessary.”
In our office and other great chiropractic practices, we would rather not need to adjust a patient. Holding proper alignment and neurologic expression means our bodies are adapting to stress rather than breaking down under it.
If this makes sense and you and your family are not under current chiropractic care, look up your local family doctor of chiropractic and experience the benefits yourself!
If you have been using chiropractic care as natural pain relief and not adopted the lifestyle of preventative maintenance care, you could be getting more out of it!
Find the doc that is the right fit for you and stick with them.
Let us know if we can point you in the right direction!
Measure Twice, Adjust Once.
There is a lot of information out there and it gets harder to find accurate info from reliable sources.
With all the misinformation perpetuated about chiropractic and the vastly different doctors and offices one could come across, it is no wonder why people have some questions.
In regards to spinal analysis and knowing where and when to adjust, people are curious.
One question that may be more common than others is “But how do you know, do you just feel it?”
The answer is really yes and no.
Chiropractors use a wide range of indicators to let us know where in the spine we have misaligned vertebrae interfering with proper function of the nervous system, from visual indications of imbalance to palpatory (touch) findings like abnormal muscle tone and decreased rang of motion, to special tests like leg length discrepancy; many even incorporate some state of the art technology in the analysis.
We have a hierarchy of indicators we can use to know when and where the body needs to receive and adjustment.
At the top of the hierarchy, many place infrared thermography.
Thermography has been used in Chiropractic for nearly a century and there are many techniques that still utilize it today.
Thermography in this case refers to temperature differentials being measured and plotted on a graph in order to gain insight to the function of the body.
Since Chiropractic is concerned with the proper balance and function of the nervous system and due to the association of the spine with the nervous system, infrared paraspinal thermography is utilized in chiropractic offices.
By measuring absolute temperatures on each side of the spine and comparing the temperature differences from one side to the other, we can identify whether the body is in a state of ease, adapting to stressors of life, or whether the body is succumbing to stress and falling into its typical pattern of dysfunction, and in need of an adjustment.
It is the responsibility of the nervous system, specifically the autonomic portion, to regulate blood flow to the skin’s capillary beds.
In an adaptive state of ease, temperatures should be fairly even from one side to the other and our graphs should be dynamic and dissimilar.
When bodies are not adapting to stress, they tend to exhibit the same pattern of dysfunction, like a fingerprint, allowing us to recognize this maladaptive state and know when it is an appropriate time to deliver a chiropractic adjustment.
This is vitally important in our objective assessment because our goal is for the body to not actually to need an adjustment.
When we are holding our proper alignment and our nervous system is functioning interference free, we can adapt to physical chemical and mental stressors.
This is when the body can heal.
This is why we would rather not adjust.
If the adjustment can have such profoundly positive affects when delivered in the right place, with the right technique at the appropriate time, than an adjustment given when it is not needed could have equally detrimental affects.
Ways of objectively measuring function of the body give us confidence and reproducibility in our scientific analysis.
Medicine relies heavily on symptoms and how we feel in order to make a diagnosis, however, symptoms we experience are rarely a good indication of whether or not we need to be adjusted.
This is because we may be feeling terrible but actually the body is functioning as it was designed to do.
Take food poisoning for example, one might be stuck in the bathroom feeling miserable, but the body is actually doing exactly what it should be doing, working to expel unwelcome critters from the body.
Another example of this could be a cavity or a heart attack.
By the time we feel effects of either condition, they have been manifesting for quite some time.
Make sure your chiropractor uses an objective and scientific approach to his analysis and values NOT needing to adjust.
This is true chiropractic.
This is how we unlock the healing potential of the human body.
This is the greatest healthcare product in the world.
Have you tried chiropractic yet?