THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
Why is it that some people seem to be able to go like the Energizer bunny and others can't drag themselves out of bed in the morning?
It is because all of us naturally have a varied amount of energy or vitality. Some of us were born with a 12-volt battery and some with only a six-volt. Some people simply have more energy than others.
Often we classify those with a lot of energy as "Type-A personalities" or say they are "hyper," but the fact is most of us would love to have the energy that they have, if only to be more productive.
Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about that situation. It would seem though, with few exceptions, that everyone should have the potential to get out of bed in the morning and carry on the activities of a busy day without feeling like they are dragging an anchor behind them.
Some people maintain that their lack of energy is due to not being able to get to sleep early enough. They just cannot get all their tasks done by a reasonable hour. For many of them, that inability is due to a lack of energy throughout the day that causes them to go at half speed. So the cycle continues until and unless they get more energy.
There are a few things one can do to have more natural energy. Most of those things are activities that we should be doing every day in order to be healthy. Eating good, nutritional food supplies the fuel that the body makes into energy. Proper rest allows the body to rejuvenate and recuperate from the day's activities. Exercise is also important.
There is one more less known but equally necessary component to having the maximum amount of energy your body can have, that is a nerve system that is free of interference.
Whether you have a 12 or 6 volt battery running your body you will want to make sure that all the voltage available is getting through. You can put high-octane gasoline in your car but unless the electrical system is working properly, you car is not going to have any more power. Eating good food supplies the fuel but your nerve system enables it to be turned into energy.
Regular chiropractic adjustments are absolutely essential to a properly functioning nerve system.
When one of the bones subluxates (misaligns in a certain way), it interferes with the important message/energy flow to the organs and cells of the body. There is no way you can expect to have all the energy you were meant to have. Can your car get along on six cylinders instead of eight? Sure it can. Do you want it to? Probably not or you would have bought a six-cylinder car.
Can your body get along with less than a full complement of natural energy? Sure it can but do you want it to? Like your car, a body that is not working as it should will eventually break down or develop some problem. Keep your nerve system free of vertebral subluxations and keep your energy level high.
One of the first questions new practice members ask when they are told they have a subluxation in their bodies is, "How did all of this happen?" Because of the way we are all brought up, it is only natural to ask what it was that caused it.
I'm sure you'll recognize these familiar phrases:
"As ye sew, so shall ye reap."
While these statements are definitely true, they tend to only be applied to specific situations and the result many times is that we forget the fact that all events are parts of different processes.
Understanding this, you may be tempted to look for the one or two physical, chemical or mental stresses that you have encountered recently that may have lead to where you now are.
But let's make sure we remember the big picture when asking ourselves how we got to where we are right now. Here are a few examples of various stresses that may have been beyond your ability to adapt from different stages of your life. These have accumulated over time and have progressively caused a downward spiral in your health and vitality - what we call the subluxation process.
During her pregnancy with you, did your mother or anyone around her smoke? Did she have any unusual emotional stresses? Did she drink alcohol or use drugs? Did she take any medications? Was labor induced? Was it a C-section birth? Were forceps or a vacuum extractor used? Were you premature or overdue? Was it in a hospital or at home? Was your family economically stressed in any way that would have caused your mother to eat a less than adequate diet or caused extra emotional stress?
Did you spend any time in the hospital after your birth for any reason? Did you nurse or were you bottle-fed? Were you circumcised? When did you begin eating food? Did you have a two-parent household? Did either of your parents smoke? Was either of your parents a problem drinker? Did they use drugs? Do you remember any hard falls, injuries, bike or car accidents as a child? Did you play any sports? Did you watch a lot of TV? Did you use any over-the-counter or prescription drugs on a recurrent basis? Were you vaccinated? How was your diet overall? Did you smoke, drink alcohol or do any drugs? What were your sleep habits like? Did you ever break any bones, need any stitches or have surgery? How did you like school? Did you get along well with other kids? Were you abused physically or mentally as a child? How many brothers and sisters did you have? Were you affected deeply by the loss of any pets, friends or relatives? Did your parents have marital difficulties? Did you move more than once?
As an adult, have you had any car accidents, falls, lifting or work injuries? Any broken bones, stitches, or surgeries? Have you ever worn orthotics or arch supports for your feet? Do you play sports or exercise regularly - or not? What is your occupation? Do you drive a lot or ride the train to work? Do you travel much? Do you get enough sleep? Are you a smoker? Do you snore? Do you have a history of drug, alcohol, or other addictions? Do you take any medications regularly? Have you received any flu shots, tetanus or other vaccines as an adult? Do you take vitamin and other supplements? Do you need to improve your diet? Do you use any artificial sweeteners? Do you have any children? Are you married? Is this your first marriage? Any marital problems now? Have any of your kids or other relatives had a serious or recurrent illnesses? Have you ever sought any psychiatric counseling? Do you belong to and regularly attend church or synagogue? Did that last question scare you? Have you lost any close pets, close friends or relatives? Do you have job stress? Do you have any hobbies? Do you do any deep breathing and get enough water every day? Do you watch much TV? Are you happy?
You may not have identified with all of these questions and they are just a few examples of the many physical, chemical and mental stresses that we all endure throughout our lives. While it is important to remember these stresses and even more important to do our best to avoid the harmful ones in the future, it is most vital to build our resistance to these stresses so that when we encounter them our bodies can adapt to them and the subluxation process does not begin its downward spiral again.
Lastly, having taken this short trip down memory lane today, you can now appreciate the importance of doing things that actively create health and build resistance to stress so that you can continue to grow and unfold into whatever you were ultimately meant to be in your lifetime. And, making sure there is no interference in your nerve system by getting adjusted regularly will allow your inner perfection to be expressed as fully as possible.
How long will what take?
How long will it take for your symptoms/health challenges to go away? Or how long will it take for your spine to stabilize as best as possible for you?
The only honest answer to those questions is: I have no idea.
For a generation of people that has come to expect the fast, fast relief of "plop-plop-fizz-fizz," setting realistic expectations for your care and the speed of recovery is essential.
You Are The Healer
It surprises some people to learn that doctors and drugs don't heal. They can't form scar tissue, mend a broken bone, replace diseased cells of an organ, or heal a cut. Only you can do that!
So, our approach is to reduce interferences to your ability to heal. Since healing is directed by your nervous system, that is our focus.
How long it will take?
Let me share some facts with you. Under ideal circumstances, on average:
--Acute Inflammation can last up to 3 - 4 days.
--General Tissue Repair can take anywhere from 2 days to 6 weeks.
--Muscle or Tendon healing can take 10 days to 10 weeks.
--Ligament Healing will be around 50% in 6 months, around 80% after one year, and as close to 100% as possible in 1-3 years.
--Tissue Remodeling can take 3 weeks to 1 year to complete.
--Angiogenesis (the formation of new capillaries), which is imperative for healing to occur, requires months to complete.
So realistically, to truly stabilize your spine and realize the true benefits of chiropractic care it may take a good 1-3 years -- just like exercise and proper nutritional habits. Children, often see results quickly. Adults and seniors with long-standing problems take longer. Everyone responds differently.
Understand that if a child has their spine checked a few days after he is born, the damage done by subluxations caused by the birth process may be minimal and easily reversed. If you wait 20, 30, 40, or more years to get your spine checked, don't be surprised if some of the damage done is permanent.
Care schedules are based on the results that millions have enjoyed. If I don't see you often enough, reducing the negative subluxation patterns in your spine will be impaired. My advice is designed to produce the greatest results in the shortest amount of time. That's why keeping your appointments is so important.
Chiropractic care, unlike medical treatment, is a partnership. Without your participation it will take longer and your results will be short-lived.
So, ask questions and participate in your care. Those who do seem to get well faster. Find out what you can do to augment the care you receive in our office.
The Limitations of Matter
We humans can't grow a new leg or replace a finger lost in an accident. We have limitations to our ability to heal. Our prospects worsen if we're overweight, use tobacco, abuse alcohol, live stressful lives, and/or have other negative aspects affecting us.
Since your nervous system controls every tissue of your body, chiropractic care has been known to produce profound results. Our intention is to bring greater integrity to your nervous system. I'm always optimistic and you should be too!
But, it takes time.
It's easy to become impatient if you're accustomed to "fast, fast relief" by taking a pill that numbs your body. But true healing moves at its own pace, which is different for every person.
By now you may know many things affect this process. True healing takes time and progresses at a speed determined by your body, not arbitrary deadlines or statistical averages. A fact often lost on insurance companies or others more interested in stockholder profits.
As I've stated, most symptoms, diseases, and health challenges may subside long before muscles and ligaments supporting your spine can fully heal. That's when it will be tempting to end your care.
But this weakened area of your spine predisposes you to a relapse.
Just as ongoing brushing and flossing promote dental health, regular spinal checkups are recommended and make sense. Sure, you'll be feeling great, but these visits help us catch new problems early and support you in your desire to be your best.
Use chiropractic to help you stay well after you get well. But, use it to also obtain the other benefits it provides you, such as more energy; clearer thinking, concentration, and memory; a better ability to handle stress; improved sleep; better digestion; more balanced body chemistry; the ability to obtain greater values from your exercise and diet; improved performance; improved relationships; increased income earning potential; better immune function; the list can go on and on.
Now tell me, aren't these worth a little patience and a little time? Of course.
If someone is very hungry and he eats some food, will his hunger go away? The answer is, yes - if he eats enough of it. But, is the purpose of food to get rid of hunger?
If someone eats food regularly, will it keep her from becoming excessively hungry again? The answer is, yes - if she eats enough of it consistently. But, is the purpose of food to prevent hunger?
Even though eating food is a very effective strategy for decreasing or even eliminating hunger temporarily, hunger will always return over time. This is the nature of life. As we use up the nutrients contained in our food, our bodies require more food to continue operating at peak efficiency, and so we become hungry again. And, even though eating food consistently can be a good way to keep from getting too hungry, it would be ridiculous to say that the purpose of food is to eliminate or prevent hunger.
Certainly we are all aware that food serves many more important functions than simply addressing hunger. It is our fuel for keeping us alive, helping our bodies coordinate all functions, adapt to the environment, heal and continue growing throughout our lives. We all know this is true about food, but many people do not apply this line of thinking to their chiropractic care. Why is this?
Do these people perhaps not fully understand that the purpose of chiropractic care is to keep their nerve systems free of an interference so that the innate intelligence of the body can actually perform all of the functions listed above - animating, coordinating, adapting, healing and growing our bodies from conception until death? Do they not understand that without this freedom from nerve interference, nothing will function as it was intended?
Maybe it's because chiropractic care in the right amount is so good at decreasing or even eliminating pain and disease?
Or perhaps it is because with consistent enough care many people can even prevent the recurrence of their health problems?
Even though chiropractic care is a very effective strategy for decreasing, eliminating and even preventing pain and illness, health problems will always return over time without continually employing specific strategies. This is the nature of life.
You see, everyone encounters physical, chemical and mental stresses every day. If these stresses are beyond your "internal resistance," they break you down and you progressively lose your health and well-being.
When your nerve system is free of any interference (i.e., a subluxation) your brain and body communicate effectively and can correctly comprehend and respond to any changes (stresses) in your daily environment. The result is that you are able to adapt to these changes. In addition, you are able to heal and continually grow in every way - physically and mentally - including thinking at a high enough level to make good choices in every area of your life.
So you see, saying that the purpose of chiropractic care is to eliminate or prevent pain and illness is as short-sighted as saying the purpose of food is to eliminate or prevent hunger!
The real purpose of lifelong, family chiropractic care is to allow for the most complete expression of innate intelligence in the body and to help everyone consistently and progressively demonstrate Outrageous health, happiness, and the full expression of life!