THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2012



"I Don't Believe in Chiropractic"
("That’s OK, I’d Rather You Understand It")

      

Have you ever heard anyone use this as a reason why they would not want to have a chiropractic evaluation?  If so, then I would have to say that you are not alone.  I have heard this sentiment numerous times. 

 

When I hear these words spoken, I have to ask myself, "What is it that they don't 'believe' in?"  After all, I’m not Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.  Universal laws and principles work whether you believe in them or not.  Try not believing in gravity and you walk off a 10 story building and see what happens.  But whatever it is they don’t believe in, that’s OK as I rather they understand it and make their decisions based on that information.
 

Do you understand chiropractic?
      

Well let's find out.  Four simple questions will hopefully show you that you do.
       Question 1 Do you understand that your brain and nerve system’s responsibility is to control and coordinate all of your bodily functions?  If you do, then you are in agreement with every physiology textbook that has been published.
       Question 2:  Do you understand that your brain sends out information, in the way of chemicals and brain waves or messages, over the nerve system to control and coordinate every physiological function you perform?  Again, if you do then you are in agreement with every medical textbook ever written on the subject.
       Question 3:  Do you 'believe' that a disruption of the information over the nerve system causes a state of imbalance and threatens your health?  If so, you are in agreement with anyone who has ever studied the Central Nerve System.
       Question 4:  Do you 'believe' that removing any obstruction to nerve flow would improve your health and your brain's ability to control and coordinate all of your bodily functions?  If you do then you agree with all the published research on the topic.
 

If you answered yes to all those questions you understand chiropractic and can choose to ‘believe’ in it too, if you want to.
      

A Chiropractor's goal is to check your spine for vertebral subluxations, which are misaligned spinal bones that are causing interference to the proper function of your nerve system.
      

Subluxations occur regularly in everyone due to our body being overwhelmed by the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses that we are all exposed to daily.  When subluxations are found, chiropractors then perform spinal adjustments to allow more normal function and alignment of the bones of your spine, which helps restore your ability to regulate and maintain proper nerve system function.
      

In other words, it helps re-establish and maintain the CONNECTION between your brain and your body in order to maximize the expression of Life in your body. When this occurs, your body functions at its best in everything it does.
      

Pretty simple, isn't it?  See when you really understand the concept behind how chiropractic works, then you realize that you do not need to ‘believe' in chiropractic.
      

While results will vary from person to person, the most common benefits of regular chiropractic care are: more energy; improved health; clearer thinking, concentration, and memory; better ability to handle stress; improved physical performance; better sleep; greater value from exercise and nutritional choices; more balanced body chemistry; increased income earning capacity; improved relationships; better digestion; improved immune function; etc. ... basically a greater enjoyment of Life.
      

So then why do so many people use the "I don't believe in chiropractic" excuse?  Good question.  I can only surmise that people don't understand what chiropractors do so they just default to the "I don't believe" stance.
      

In the end, this is quite sad because if explained properly they’ll be able to understand chiropractic.  If no one tells them the truth they may never experience the benefits that chiropractic has to offer because of a misunderstanding.  All too many people will continue to live with health challenges and use drugs and resort to surgery when that may not even be necessary.  It doesn't have to be that way!
      

If you already know this information, send this article to someone you care about that may not.
      

If you received this from friend or a loved one, and you were one of the people that thought you didn't believe in chiropractic, you owe it to yourself to have a chiropractic evaluation.  It's not hard to do, just pick up the phone and call the office.  I'll sit down with you and hear out your concerns.  I'll walk you through the entire process and then I will discuss the results of your spinal evaluation so that you can understand them.
      

At that point you can make an informed decision about whether you receive chiropractic care or not.  You owe it to yourself.  Your health and life are too important not to check out chiropractic.  Don't delay one more minute.  Give me a call.

 
Do You Really Want To Be Healthy?

      

There is an old saying, "Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die to get there."  A similar statement could be made concerning health.  In almost any survey taken asking people what they wanted most out of life, good health is one of the top three things on the list.  The only two things that ever top it are usually happiness and good family relationships.
      

Yet how many of us allow other less important things to keep us from attaining maximum health.  Like happiness, health does not come by luck.  It is true that hereditary factors are important to good health but most people can be healthy in spite of hereditary weakness.  Conversely, hereditary strengths will not overcome a failure to take care of yourself.
      

Most people who come into a chiropractic office indicate a desire to be healthy.  Unfortunately, they often do not realize that it will take some effort on their part.
      

The average person's experience with medicine has led them to believe that they will be “made healthy” by what the doctor does to them or what he gives them.  They can just sit back, do nothing or at most, remember to take their medication every four hours.
      

While this approach may be "relatively effective" in the treatment of disease, it has virtually nothing to do with health.  For the most part, disease treatment is a passive activity.
      

Health maintenance or health restoration is largely an active endeavor. Therein lies the problem.  Sitting back and doing nothing will not promote or maintain health.  Hoping or wishing for it will not make it happen.  It must be actively pursued.  A choice must be made.  Good, nutritious, health-promoting food is available, but then so is junk food.  You must make the decision as to what kind you are going to eat and then make the extra effort to get it.  Exercise is not a passive activity.  You cannot get it by just watching P90X videos.
      

Chiropractic is not a passive activity either.  While it is true the patient lies on the table and relaxes, it is the body that makes the adjustment.  The chiropractor introduces a force to the spine and the body's muscles actively move the bone to exactly where it belongs.  Further, the benefits of chiropractic care occur after the adjustment, like exercise and eating, they are far reaching and unlike treatments, they are not designed for short-term, immediate effects.  It is true you may feel good after eating a good meal or after a good work out.  You may also feel good right after a chiropractic adjustment, but the real benefits are the long-term ones.  When the body is working better it can actively promote health and well-being and add years to life.
      

There is another aspect that makes chiropractic care an active approach.  The patient must make the commitment to care.  The chiropractor cannot give you a bottle of adjustments and say, "take one every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next six weeks."
      

The patient must make the willful decision to come in, be regular and follow the program.  The chiropractor cannot follow you around or take you by the hand.
      

Do you really want to be healthy?  Sadly, too many people do not want to pay the price, which is time, money and effort.  Happiness does not come by accident.  Fame and fortune are not a matter of luck.  Similarly, you cannot expect to have good health unless you do those things necessary to attain it.
      

Every individual has to establish his or her priorities.  Is watching television more important than exercising for your health?  Is saving money by eating poor quality food more important to you than spending the few dollars for good food?  Is doing whatever you do that interferes with regular adjustments more important than your health?
      

Only you can answer these questions and how you decide on these and other relative questions could very well determine your health, your happiness and your life.
      

So, do you really want to be healthy?

 



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