THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
We chiropractors frequently use a word to describe a decreased connection between your brain and your body. This word is subluxation. This word comes from the prefix sub- meaning less or decreased and the root word lux which means light. So all together, subluxation means decreased light. The reason we use this word is that whenever the connection between your body and the intelligence that runs it is compromised, you are literally not shining as brightly as you can. You are expressing less of your Life Force - your LIGHT!
Most people understand that being subluxated is a less than desirable state, but what they don't understand is that this lack of connection is not really a "state" at all! You see, it causes a continuous downward spiral in your health and vitality and will eventually affect every single aspect of your life.
This is because everything in life is a PROCESS; nothing ever stays the same, everything is always in the process of BECOMING something else! You aren't just walking around in a "less than desirable state," you are actually spiraling away from health, wellness and wholeness, and toward dis-ease (dysfunction) during the subluxation process.
Now that you understand the subluxation process, you most certainly will want to maintain the connection between your brain and body as continuously as possible, but NOT just so that you WON'T move toward disease! Remember, EVERYTHING in life is a PROCESS; nothing ever stays the same, everything is always in the process of BECOMING something else! When you are connected neurologically, you aren't just walking around in a "more desirable state," you are actually spiraling UPWARD toward health, wellness, and the wholeness that results from fully expressing your LIFE FORCE!
There has never been a word in chiropractic for this state of fully expressing your Life Force - the opposite of the subluxation process. Someone suggested a word -- the word is MAXLUXATION! Again, the root word lux means light and the prefix max- means maximum. So, Maxluxation means maximum expression of Light - you are fully expressing your Life Force - your LIGHT! Now, I'm not a big fan of that word for a couple of reasons that we can get into another time, but for the purpose of this newsletter it will do.
But again, remember that EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS A PROCESS! So you are at any given time either moving toward dis-ease or toward wholeness, YOU NEVER JUST STAY THE SAME! What does it take besides a clear neurological connection to stay on the Maxluxation path? It is really quit simple.
There are three things necessary to keep moving toward wholeness. These are:
1. A Clear neurological CONNECTION - this is where your regular chiropractic care comes in.
2. A healthy lifestyle that supplies your body with everything it needs to function properly, heal and
3. A deliberate focus on moving toward and creating wholeness, as opposed to trying to prevent or eliminate dis-ease, symptoms, and disease. This is because we always move toward and attract to ourselves more of whatever we are focusing on - whether we want more of it or less of it. As we like to say, "You can't escape something you are giving your attention to!" So, always focus on moving toward what you want!
The main thing is to remember that every single thought, every single word and every single action moves you either toward what you want, or toward something else, and you have the power to CHOOSE which way you will move in each moment. It may not be easy to stay in the Maxluxation process, but if you remember that EVERYTHING is a process, then you can be patient with yourself and allow yourself the time to become a little better each day at intentionally directing yourself toward wholeness. A clear neurological connection will help you with this too, for when you are connected to the highest part of yourself, you also think at a higher level.
With all the labor-saving devices of our modern society, somehow we never seem to have more time to sleep. We just seem to have more activities to fill our time. Studies have demonstrated that most people do not believe that they get enough sleep. Despite the fact that everyone knows that getting the proper rest is essential to health and well being. It is also interesting that you never hear someone say, "Boy, I've been getting too much sleep lately, I need to cut back." They may say that about exercise or eating but never sleep. In fact, if a person continually gets a great amount of sleep they usually still do not feel rested and the conclusion often is that there is something physically wrong with them!
So how much sleep does the average person need? Actually, no one cares what the average person needs. Everyone really wants to know how much they need, and frankly, no one can tell you that. The amount each individual needs is an individual thing. It varies from person to person, and also from day to day depending upon physical and mental activity, as well as physiological changes taking place in your body on a given day and the general stress level in your life. If no one can know how much we need, how can we know what is the necessary amount of sleep?
The answer lies in listening to our bodies. Our bodies tell us when we are tired, when we need to go to bed and get some sleep. In a similar manner, we can know when we have gotten enough sleep, that is when we wake up refreshed and feel like we have more energy. We do not get drowsy during the course of the day and when we finally go to sleep at night, we quickly fall into a deep restful sleep.
That is the way it should be, and for many people life is like that. These are the people whose bodies are working as they should. Their body is producing the right chemicals in the right amount for them to get a restful sleep and to wake up refreshed. We know chemicals make us sleep and keep us awake. After all, people take chemicals in the form of drugs to go to sleep or stay awake. The problem is that it is not the natural way. The body is not producing those chemicals and as a result, they have to have harmful side-effects.
How well your body is producing "sleep chemicals" and "awake chemicals" is a function of your innate intelligence and the nerve system which directs the production of those chemicals. How quickly and how deeply you fall asleep is also a direct function of your nerve system. When there is an interference in the nerve system due to a vertebral subluxation, your body just cannot function as it should and the sleep-regulating system, as well as every other system in your body is negatively affected.
By checking your spine regularly, your chiropractor can correct these subluxations as soon after they occur as possible. This results in a minimum of nerve interference to the sleep-regulating mechanism. As a result, your body works better. You may be able to get to sleep sooner, get to a deeper, more restful sleep and awaken refreshed. Chiropractic adjustments cannot provide more hours of sleep time in your day but it can make the hours that you do sleep more productive, more refreshing and more restorative and that may be even better than having more time to sleep.
I recently read an article that talked about the popularity of organic products. The demand has gone up so significantly that some companies are scrambling to make sure there are enough organic foods available. The article caused me to think, "Why organic?"
For most people, removing chemicals and hormones from the environment and the food supply is seen as a real plus. But why don't people want to eat chemicals and hormones? The fear is that these toxins and pollutants will negatively affect the body. These chemicals could decrease the body's ability to adapt and perform and lead to a decrease in health. I think this is a very reasonable conclusion and some people feel very strongly about it and others not so much.
I imagine the vast majority of folks would prefer to consume food without these unnatural additions. However, many people do not eat organic. Why not? Availability, time, money, education, tradition, priorities, etc.
I see a great parallel to chiropractic in all of this (of course). Subluxations are similar to an environmental toxin or pollutant. They interfere with the nervous system, disrupting its normal function, reducing adaptability and performance and decreasing health. The vast majority of people would prefer to live without nerve interference from subluxations, however some feel very strongly about this and others not so much.
Why aren't more people receiving the benefit of living subluxation free? Availability, time, money, education, tradition, priorities etc. While organic food has become more available, cheaper, easier to find and a higher priority for many, chiropractic, for most people, has not become more affordable, more available or less time consuming.
The public's demand for organic is really changing the food industry. I believe similarly, a higher demand for chiropractors who want to help people live subluxation free and who actually run their offices to meet this demand, as I do in this office, will benefit the public and the chiropractic profession.
We can change the demand and hopefully change a profession for the better. Maybe you have talked to someone about an organic product recently. Have you talked to anyone about chiropractic recently?
We are all given the same amount of time in a day, 24 hours or 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.
Why is it then that some people seem to be so productive in the course of a day, while the greatest accomplishments for the day for others may be just getting out of bed, getting dressed and eating three meals?
Have you ever been asked what you did the day before or over the weekend and for the life of you, you could not recount any worthwhile accomplishment? If it's the weekend you can usually get away with saying "I just relaxed" (although you may not feel that rested and you wish you could respond with an exciting, event-filled weekend.)
Why is it that so many people just do not feel like they are getting anywhere in life, not accomplishing their goals, not getting ahead in work and/or accomplishing more of the lofty goals they had as a young person?
Time-management people say that the major problem is not that people do not have enough hours in the day but that they do not use the time that they have in a wise manner. To be successful people must prioritize their day. It is not enough to just have a list of things to do but to make sure that the list indicates the importance of the things to be done and that the most important things are done first.
Sadly for many people getting their spines checked and having subluxations adjusted is just not a priority in their day. They would like to visit the chiropractor but the "tyranny of the urgent" controls their lives. They do the things that they have to do rather than the things that they want to do. Often the "have to do" things are not even important when it comes down to it--but we have just not prioritized our day.
Another reason why people do not accomplish what they should or what they want is that they just do not have the energy to do everything that needs to be done. How many people spend an hour or two or more in front of the television and their to-do-list goes unfinished. They just did not have enough energy. If this happens long enough, what usually occurs is that the person stops making lists (and probably ends up watching more and more television.)
Another problem with "too few hours" is poor planning and not scheduling your day most effectively. As a result, we are re-tracing our steps often going past the same place twice and generally wasting time.
So what can we do about these problems? Well, follow the experts' advice. Prioritize your day, make out a schedule of things you need to do and follow your plan. Make sure that you regularly schedule a visit to the chiropractor. It will give you more life, enable you to keep up an active schedule and get all those things done that you need to do with energy and time left over.
Try it; you may be surprised at the results!