THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2011


‘Cause I’m Already Gone…’

 “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key”

 
          The lyrics above are from the Eagles song Already Gone.  It is one of the few Eagles songs not written by the band. It was written by songwriters Jack Tempchin and Bob Strandlund, who were friends of the band.  Tempchin sent this to Glenn Frey who had just come off of a relationship, so the lyrics of the song, which are about getting over a breakup, were probably meaningful to him.
          I’m not the biggest fan of this group, although I can probably sing along to all their Greatest Hits.  And I’ve probably heard this song over 100 times, since most of our local radio stations play it often enough.  But recently this line jumped out at me and got me think about health, life, and chiropractic. 
          There isn’t a week that goes by that a practice member doesn’t tell me about something wonderful that has now occurred in their lives due to what they perceive is a direct result from the care that they are receiving here.  It can be something as simple as pain and symptomatic relief that allows them to work and/or experience activities that they weren’t able to anymore to major health and life breakthroughs. 
          And while they are almost always willing to give me the credit for it, I have to step back and show them that it has been them all along creating the wonderful changes in their health and lives.  OK granted I explained chiropractic to them or to the person that referred them to the office, and yes, I’m the one that checked their spine and introduced a force so their body can make an adjustment.  However, it is the innate intelligence of their body using their nerve system that creates all the wonderful things that occur afterwards.
          Sadly, most people out there don’t know how incredible their body is.  They have been told from birth that their body is weak and defective, prone to illness and injury and that it doesn’t matter what they do they have to be afraid of all these things from the outside world. They’ve probably also been told that they need chemicals in the form of shots, pills, lotions, or potions, in order to be “healthy”.  As if they can medicate themselves out of a disease they behaved themselves into. 
          When the physical, chemical, and emotional stress of poor choices, not taking care of your spine, or just everyday life overwhelms the body, vertebral subluxations occur.  Subluxations cause the body to malfunction reducing your potential not just in health, but also in all areas of life.

…“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains…”
 

          Chiropractic recognizes that there is this amazing potential inside you that is just waiting to spring forth.  A chiropractic adjustment restores normal alignment and function in the spine, which reestablishes the proper neurological CONNECTION between the brain and body.  This normalizes the expression of your innate intelligence, which increases your ability to purposefully organize your body and to better adapt to the stresses of your environment.  This allows you to gradually return to harmony and ease (health).  This results in better allowing your potential to progressively spring forth so that you can be all that you are meant to be again, not only in health, but in all areas of your life. 

…  “And we never even know we have the key”.
 

           Pretty cool stuff.  So as the year comes to a close I wish you much strength, health, and happiness and look forward to an even better and more prosperous (in every area of your life) New Year!

…"And I'm feelin' strong
I will sing this victory song
Woo hoo hoo, my my, woo hoo hoo"

 
 
And if you want to see the Eagles perform the song, here it is:



Like a Snowflake

          Watching a snowfall on a winter day is a beautiful experience. What is awe-inspiring is the knowledge that the inches of snow piling up are made up of billions upon billions of individual snowflakes and that no two of them are alike.
          Now of course, I'm assuming that this is a supposition inasmuch as no one has ever checked all the snowflakes in the world to make sure that there are no duplicates, but no one has yet found two that are the same.
          I am sure there is a scientific technical reason why no two snowflakes are the same but on the surface it seems rather a mystery. The water coming from the clouds is the same -- two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. The temperature is the same for each snowflake. If anything, you would think that they should all look alike.
          Perhaps the most interesting aspect is the fact that until the discovery of the microscope, it was generally thought that they were all alike. When you look at snowflakes coming down, they sure look identical.
          The human body is similar to a snowflake. At first glance we may all seem the same, two eyes, a nose and a mouth, etc. However, you do not have to look too closely and you do not need a microscope to realize that we are all different. We can be thankful for that. Imagine trying to find a friend in a crowd if everyone looked alike! The slight differences in the arrangement of the eyes, nose and mouth makes each and every one of us unique.
          Not only are we different on the outside, but we are different on the inside as well. Your stomach, your lungs, your gallbladder, your heart and all of your organs are all a little different from anyone else's. Consequently, they also fit together a little differently than anyone else's. This results in countless physiological differences in our bodies including body chemistry.
          Our body chemistry is made up of thousands of chemicals necessary for health and life and it is specific both in quantity and quality just for us. What is normal for one person might be fatal for another. Differences in even one of thousands of variables, like a person's blood type, is so important that a blood transfusion cannot be done until they are sure the different blood type is compatible. Like the snowflake, it is not until we get to the most minute aspects that we see the most important differences.
          It would be nice if we were all identical. There would be no rejection of organ transplants. If a drug worked for one person, it would work the same for everyone. Everyone's nutritional requirements would be the same. However, we are not all the same. We are all different.
          Chiropractic recognizes that difference. It understands that the human body is different in everyone and to try to guess what the body's needs are or what is normal, is just that, a guess.
          The fortunate part is that we have within us a built-in mechanism designed to regulate the thousands of chemicals and the thousands of chemical reactions that take place every minute of every day. In chiropractic we call this ability the innate intelligence of the body. It is working from birth, actually from conception until death. It is never turned off, never takes a vacation, never gets tired, and the interesting part is that, it is identical in every person, 100% perfect.
          Unfortunately, it does not always express itself perfectly. You see, innate intelligence needs and uses the nerve system to coordinate and control all the functions of the body. When one of the vertebrae slips out of its proper position, nerve interference occurs and the body simply cannot work as it was intended. This is called a subluxation. That is where the chiropractor comes in. He or she does not try to determine what is normal for the body but merely assists the body in moving the bones back into place, which allows the nerve system to once again be used by the innate intelligence of the body to normalize function. This is why you should have your spine checked regularly by a chiropractor -- to ensure your nerve system is functioning at its best.



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