December 2012


What Constitutes the Need for a Chiropractic Adjustment?
by Kevin Donka, D.C.

This morning when I opened up my Facebook page, there was a question from a student I have taught in one of our local high school drumlines.  The question he asked was, “What constitutes the need for an adjustment?”  What follows is the exact answer I posted for him on Facebook this morning. 


That's a great question, Chris, and one that the overwhelming majority of people have been misinformed about.  I will try not to make this too long, but I want you to understand as completely and as simply as possible. 


No part of your body works the way it should unless there is a clear neurological connection between it and your brain.  And, the body cannot work as harmoniously as a whole as it was designed to if all of the parts are not fully connected through your brain and nerve system.


So here's the thing; your spinal cord runs INSIDE of and is attached to your spine in many places, plus the spinal nerves that feed the rest of the body, exit the spine between each pair of vertebrae. 


Now, if you lose alignment or function ANYWHERE in your spine, it will necessarily affect the integrity of your brain body connection to some degree.  It will likely affect it most wherever the specific loss of function is in the spine, but because the entire nerve system is connected, it also affects EVERY part of your nerve system in some way as well. 


And if it affects every part of your nerve system to some degree, it affects every part of your body to some degree as well. 


But we chiropractors understand that you were designed and built to be healthy - that HEALTH is your NATURAL STATE.  So, if we can help you get back your function, you can get back your health.  And so, our goal is NOT to diagnose, treat, cure or even prevent ANY specific problem, illness or injury.  No, as we said, if we can help you get back your function, you can get back your health.  It's kind of like the phrase, "the rising tide raises all boats."


Our one and only goal is to help your whole spine work better, so that your whole nerve system works better.  And when your whole nerve system works better, your whole body and your whole mind work better.  Of course, to be truly healthy, you must also have a positive focus and a healthy lifestyle.  But our one and only goal is to make sure that everyone is as clearly connected as possible. 


So, what constitutes the need for an adjustment?  Any loss of function or alignment in your spine (which very often does not produce symptoms - at least not right away).  And how do you KNOW if you need an adjustment?  The only way to know for sure is to get checked.  That's why we say everyone should get checked periodically - to make sure you have the best possible chance of being your best.  Thanks for asking, I hope that wasn't too much.

No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk!
by Brent Vuyovich
Let’s face it, making mistakes and messing up are not very fun. Failing a test, losing patience with a loved one, missing a work deadline and spilling milk are just a few examples of mistakes that each of us have made or may make at some point.  Mistakes can tax our self-esteem, lead to anxiety and doubt, and just flat out ruin our day if we let them. However, we are human beings and mistakes are inevitable. The last time I tried, I still don’t walk on water and neither do you. So how can we turn a seemingly negative event into a chance for growth?

The key is in coming to grips with the fact that mistakes happen and using them as learning experiences. The fear of making a mistake or taking a chance should never deter you from trying new things. Here is a quote from Michael Jordan (the greatest basketball player ever), which helps put this point in perspective:

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”


Once we realize that mistakes are inevitable, we can overcome our fear of making them and achieve great things. Also, difficult experiences and mistakes are a great way for us to reflect and learn. The high points in life wouldn’t be so wonderful and great without overcoming the low points and failures. No matter where you are in life, no matter what mistakes you have made, you have the choice to either dwell on the negative or use mistakes to motivate you towards growth and change.  This is great news!


The same concepts can be applied to our health. Despite what negative health choices we may have made in the past, and no matter what our current heath state is, we can move forward. Having your spine checked by a chiropractor is a great way to start. By removing interference to the nervous system and restoring proper spinal alignment and function, the Entire Body functions at a higher, better level. Who wouldn’t want better function in all areas of life?

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