THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
Two weeks a colleague of mine's car began acting a little funny, so he called his mechanic and explained what was happening. "It sounds like you need a higher octane fuel," the mechanic suggested. "Try using the high-grade and see what happens." So, he put in the 93-octane fuel and gave it a few days to get better, but to no avail. In fact, it was getting worse, so he took it in for him to look at. He was told the problem was with his fuel pump, but when it was apart, it seemed fine. It turns out, there was a short in the electrical connection to the fuel pump, and so even though he had a working fuel pump, and even though he was using really high quality fuel, the gas wasn't getting to where it needed to be in order for the car to work the way it was meant to.
How many times have you heard of someone who has followed every piece of healthy eating advice, done every workout plan, maybe even hired a trainer and made vision boards for what they wanted to accomplish, only to fail miserably at getting fit and healthy?
I have had many people that fit this description in my practice over the years. The really remarkable thing is how many of them finally succeeded at becoming fit and healthy after they started with regular chiropractic care. Why? It is very much for the same reason my car wasn't working. Even though the individual parts were all working and even though they were using the right foods (fuel), somehow they had lost their vital CONNECTION somewhere in their body so that as a whole, things weren't functioning the way they were supposed to!
You see, no part of your body, including your metabolism and digestive system, will work with EASE the way it was designed to unless it is CONNECTED to your brain through your nerve system! When the brain and body are freely CONNECTED, everything will work as designed, including your digestive system and your metabolism. Now, because your nerve system is so intimately CONNECTED with your spine, if you lose normal alignment or function in your spine, you also partially lose your CONNECTION between your brain and your body, as well as the normal flow of innate intelligence that keeps things working normally. And when you lose your vital CONNECTION, you also progressively lose your natural state of EASE (health)!
Chiropractic adjustments help gradually restore and then maintain function in alignment in your spine, which helps you progressively re-establish and maintain your vital brain-body CONNECTION and NORMALIZES the flow of innate intelligence in your body, so that you can resume functioning with EASE, regardless of what your condition is!
You see, it wouldn't have mattered even if he had put racing fuel into his car, without the proper CONNECTIONS, his car was doomed to failure. So too, you can do anything you wish to try to get your body more fit and healthy, but without the proper vital CONNECTIONS in your nerve system, you too may be just spinning your wheels. Chiropractic helps you GET BACK AND MAINTAIN YOUR VITAL CONNECTION!!!
I am reminded of a phrase from the BIBLE; "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it" Psalms 127:1. Unless the POWER that made your body is allowed to flow freely and normally within and through your body, it doesn't matter what YOU do!
One last thing; another reason so many fail at improving their health and fitness is because deep down inside, they feel it's a losing battle. They have been told by medical science for so long that their bodies are weak and defective that they have come to believe that about themselves as well. But this is a LIE! The truth is that you are far more than you have been led to believe you are!
Chiropractic philosophy says that you are really an intelligent and loving energetic being, and your body is your VEHCILE you have been given through which to share your own unique gifts with the world. Once you find this out about yourself, you will not only believe that something better is possible for you, you will do everything you can to progressively create the kind of health and life you and those you love have hoped is possible.
GET CONNECTED to the highest part of yourself with a regular program of chiropractic care, and in no time at all, you will see just how much your choices do matter. But more than that, you will begin to clearly see, maybe for the first time, just how much YOU matter!
More and more, the health fields are acknowledging the interrelationship of areas of health and human function that previously were thought to be unrelated.
In the field of psychology, researchers are finding that depression weakens bones, anxiety about eating can affect the menstrual cycle and stress can affect fertility. Whether these findings are actually true or not, they still underscore the fact that everything affects everything. We cannot be unhealthy mentally or emotionally and expect to be healthy physically. Conversely, we should expect our physical health to affect our emotional and mental well-being.
In a similar manner, we cannot expect what we put into our bodies in the form of medication to only affect one specific part. The entire body is affected by any drug that we take, regardless of its intended purpose. Those chemicals placed in the body in the form of caffeine and alcohol also affect our entire body. While everyone may not have experienced the wide-awake-in-the-middle-of-the-night, heart-racing effects of caffeine, we have all seen the numbness of thought and loss of reflexes and coordination brought on by too much alcohol.
There is an up side to all this. All those good things that we do to and for our bodies also affect us in every way. When school children eat a good balanced breakfast, it not only helps make their bodies stronger, it enables them to do better in their class work. When you exercise regularly, you are helping to improve the digestion, absorption, metabolism and utilization of the food that you eat. Exercise helps your respiratory system and your cardiovascular system but it also helps you to get the most from your sleep, which in turn affects your ability to handle stress, which affects your cardiovascular system and digestion.
Are you beginning to see the point? Nothing done to or for the body occurs in a void - anything relates to everything.
This principle is nowhere more obvious than in Chiropractic care. When a person undertakes Chiropractic care, for whatever reason, the adjustments have a profound and far-reaching effect upon the entire body. When the Chiropractor corrects a subluxation, the entire body is improved. Every system in the body functions at a higher level. The body has a greater potential to heal itself and resistance increases. Every aspect of one's life is better because of an adjustment.
How much better is the question. Frankly, we do not know. These things are not measurable. Granted, in some people drastic changes are noted. People's bodies heal themselves where before they could not. Athletes show marked improvement in performance, children do better in school. But the major improvements are going to be imperceptible at the time, like eating an organic apple. You do not see the immediate effects of eating the apple but you know that the body is better for it. We may not see the immediate results of an adjustment but we know that chiropractic adjustments add to our health and for that reason we should be receiving them on a regular basis.