THE SPINAL COLUMN

 

November 2012



Do You Have a Plan B?

          In the wake of the incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, one of my practice members asked me the following question, "Do you have a plan B in case anything like this ever happened to you? In other words, are you prepared for the worst?"
          I love this patient, but she is always focusing on the negative things in her life, instead of realizing how blessed she truly is in so many areas of her life. My answer to her was simply, "I have found that when I prepare for the worst, I always get something worse than I want in my life. So, I simply prepare for the best and that way I almost always get something better!" After some further discussion she eventually understood what I was getting at. Unfortunately, many people do in fact live their lives making contingency plans, or Plan B as this she had put it, and then wonder why their lives are so stressful.
          You can't escape something you are giving your attention to! The fact that you give any energy at all to what you DON'T want can actually cause it to keep showing up in your life! In order to make a Plan B, you must focus a large part of your energy on what you don't want to happen. In doing so, you actually draw those things closer to yourself.
          Now don't get me wrong; I'm not saying you should completely IGNORE potential dangers. It's just that most people spend all this time and energy getting very clear on what to do as far as Plan B, but they don't put anywhere near as much energy into creating PLAN A!
          When you focus more of your energy on Plan B than on Plan A, Plan B BECOMES Plan A!
          Most people have never prepared for their ideal scenario for only one reason - THEY HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE TIME TO CLEARLY IDENTIFY WHAT THEIR IDEAL LIFE WOULD LOOK LIKE! Oh sure, they've thought about what parts of their ideal life would look like, but rarely have they really crystallized their visions of what they want.
          Many people think they have identified what they want, but when you ask them about it they simply recite for you their long lists of what they DON'T want. They have made a critical error by thinking that they can get what they want by eliminating what they don't want. But remember what we said before - you can't escape something you are giving your attention to!
          How about you? Have you written down what your ideal job situation would be? How specific did you get with the details? What about your ideal partner in life? Do you know what qualities are most important to you? Do you have a clear picture of what you would like your net worth to be and have you looked into what steps are necessary for you to progressively move toward that goal?
          What about your health? Are you focused more on not getting sick or coming down with some disease? Why not focus on actively creating a lifestyle that moves you progressively in the direction of health, happiness, and the full expression of life? Making sure you are under chiropractic care to be as healthy as possible is different than being under care to avoid pain. This subtle change in focus and thinking always works wonders and gets better results.
          If you will begin to identify what you want, and focus on actively creating that, you will gradually see that what I am talking about is true. For when you consistently focus on creating what you want you will understand - YOU CAN'T ESCAPE SOMETHING YOU ARE GIVING YOUR ATTENTION TO!
 

Crystal Clear

      I know many people head in to a chiropractor’s office expecting the Doc to treat a condition they may have or at least figure out what’s causing their symptoms. I want to take just a moment to look at diagnosis in general and get crystal clear on exactly what my job as a chiropractor is.
     Let’s take a look at back pain for example. People often want their chiropractor to tell them what is causing their discomfort. As a chiropractor it is not my role to make a medical diagnosis. Back pain can be caused by a variety of different things ranging from kidney stones to cancer to strained ligaments to a bulging disc and so forth. The same can be said for all different types of signs and symptoms people may experience. If I were to try and make some sort of medical diagnosis I would be operating outside my area of expertise as a chiropractor.
      As a chiropractor it is also not my duty to treat any symptoms or illness that a person may be experiencing.  By now you may very well be thinking, well then what in the world does a chiropractor do? I’m happy you asked.
      My sole objective as a chiropractor is to remove vertebral subluxations that interfere with the signals being sent over the nerve system. This is a huge deal because the nerve system is responsible for controlling and coordinating everything that happens in your body. You literally live your life through the nerve system.
          Do you think your body works better when this system is running free of interference? Absolutely! Regardless of what symptoms a person may or may not be experiencing they are always better off with a clear nerve supply. In order to do my job all I need to know is where a subluxation is occurring in the spine. If a subluxation is present I make an adjustment. It doesn’t matter where the pain may be, or what “condition” someone has been diagnosed with. If they have a subluxation, it is interfering with their ability to express life and health to their full potential and it’s my job to remove that interference.
       Subluxations are so common due to the stresses of everyday life that cause them. Is your nerve system running free of interference? How do you know? Make chiropractic a part of your life to make sure your body is functioning and performing better in all areas.


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