It's just a golf tee, a small piece of wood barely weighing an ounce. But when you bent to pick it up after finishing the last hole, it may as well have been a 300 lb barbell. You felt your back pop and now the searing spasm is setting in. How could such a little thing cause such a big problem?
What you didn't realize is your spine had been going bad for some time now. At some point, your vertebrae lost their alignment - possibly a few months ago from a minor slip or maybe from years of neglect. Subtle nerve pressure ensued (subluxation) and now your muscles are doing just about all they can to keep you upright. Bending over on the 9th green was literally the last tee that broke the camel's back.
When a minor act turns into a major injury, it's not what you did that concerns your Chiropractor the most - it's what you're NOT doing that does. Let it be a lesson to pay more attention to the maintenance needs of your spine. Do the smart thing - stay regular with your spinal adjustments to prevent a repeat event.
You rarely hear drug commercials on the radio. Television's a different story... every other commercial is for a drug to fix your stomach problems, sleep disturbances or allergy issues - all ending with a laundry list of side effects, disguised by distracting images of happy people playing over the monologue. You can't pull off that off with radio.
This year, the FDA has urged pharmaceutical companies to stop using distracting images and music in their TV drug ads following complaints that manufacturers deliberately used misleading techniques to downplay their products' risks while emphasizing potential benefits. The FDA suggested they use highlights to emphasize documented side effects and slow the pace at which the risks were being read so viewers could better understand the drug's potential dangers. We have a better solution.
Next time a drug commercial comes on TV, just close your eyes and LISTEN... like you would to a radio spot. The side effects will be more apparent (and disturbing) when you're not distracted by the 'pretty visuals' that mask them. Big Pharma doesn't want you to pay attention to the risks associated with their drugs. But if you close your eyes and listen closely you'll realize just how ridiculous, dangerous and deadly their products can be. It's a practice that could save your life.
Many Chiropractic patients (especially those new to care) make the mistake of crediting the 'adjustment' for healing them, or taking away their pain. Actually, adjustments don't heal ANYTHING... it's the time you stay IN adjustment, allowing your innate intelligence to heal you, that produces the result.
Healing is a process of re-creating itself - replacing sick, old, tired cells with newer, stronger ones over time. The quality of those new, replaced cells depends on your body's natural recuperative abilities to work uninterrupted. Chiropractic adjustments simply keep your nerve system clear long enough, providing enough 'in order' time for innate to accomplish the job.
Ultimately, it's the doctor inside you (plus time) that mends and keeps you well, not the thrust from the Chiropractor. So don't make the mistake of 'falling in love' with your adjustments. Rather, fall in love with the Life you'll enjoy when you remain IN adjustment.
If you have little kids, you know if you leave them alone for too long, something bad is bound to happen. Worse yet, if they haven't made a peep for some time - that's when the most destruction is going down! You have to peek in on them every now and then to make sure they're not getting into trouble.
If you leave your spine neglected for too long, inevitably it will get in trouble too. Vertebrae get out of line, nerves become irritable and before you know it your health is a total a mess. When your spine's away from Chiropractic supervision - Subluxations will play...
Kids can get into messy trouble if you don't check in on them often. Funny how spines do the same thing too. It's probably a good thing to keep a close eye on yours.
When you turn your neck or twist your back does your spine snap, grind and ratchet like a bicycle chain stuck in mid gear? That grating noise could mean something's out of alignment.
Your spine is made up of movable bones called vertebrae, each joined perfectly together like the links of a bicycle chain. If one or more of these joints become stuck and misaligned it can slowly wreak havoc on the mechanical integrity of your entire spine.
The result – pain, stiffness and premature arthritic changes.
Don't neglect the noises. Abnormal grinding (crepitus) of spinal joints may indicate early degenerative joint disease. Remember, unlike a bicycle chain, you can't replace spinal 'links' when they get damaged. Get your spine tuned up by a Chiropractor who is thoroughly trained in restoring the normal mechanics of your spine, and protect yourself from premature wear and tear.
Having four young children of my own, I have truly come to understand the importance of having their spines regularly checked for misalignments (subluxation).
I check my children once a week and adjust if necessary and I want the same for my practice members.
So, here at MyChiroClub, we have a program called, MyChiroKidsClub.
Regular spinal check-ups can get costly, so kids 12 and under are free with one paid adult membership.
A productive assembly line relies on precise timing, combined effort and coordinated team work. If one worker falls asleep on the job, the others are forced to pick up the slack. If left mismanaged, the remaining workers eventually tire and wear out - causing the whole machine to break down.
Individual vertebrae have similar mechanical responsibilities to your 'spinal line.' If one falls asleep on the job (misaligns, fixates, subluxates), the rest are forced to pick up the slack - bending, twisting and bearing more stress then individually built to handle. Likewise, if left uncorrected the rest of the line suffers, breaks down and eventually fails.
A watchful foreman makes sure no one falls asleep on the job, assuring the safety of each worker and the productivity of the whole assembly line. A watchful Chiropractor does the same for you, making sure each vertebrae is in its proper place and performing its prescribed job. The success of your spinal health depends on it.
The weight of a dime, 8-10 mm of Hg, that's all it takes to drain normal nerve transmission to a trickle. Stretching a nerve by as little as 6% can also decrease it's signal strength by 70%. So what does that mean for you?
Your Nerve System transmits the data of Life. Depending on role, thickness and sheath covering, some nerves can relay information from your brain to your body at speeds exceeding 200 mph. If those impulses are communicating vital instructions like 'how many times your heart needs to beat,' or 'how should your immune system respond to a pre-cancerous lesion,' you want those messages traveling at the highest possible speeds - with NO interference. If those signals get blocked at the spinal level because of misaligned vertebrae (subluxations), damage to your health becomes eminent.
Sustained pressure and stretch on spinal nerves may not manifest symptoms immediately. Detrimental effects usually grow silently until a crisis occurs. That's why it's important to keep your spine in proper alignment with Chiropractic care - so your good health doesn't stop on a dime.
What do Daylight Savings Time and a Chiropractic Adjustment have in common? Both give you more LIGHT - get it! The primary purpose of Chiropractic is to locate and correct Subluxations. If you break the word down you get: SUB = less, LUX = light, and ATION = a condition.
Subluxation literally means a state of less 'light' or energy caused when misaligned spinal bones (especially the Atlas and Axis) restrict the flow of impulses through the nerve system. A Chiropractic Adjustment corrects this misalignment, eases pressure off nerves and extends the time Life energy streams through you – giving you more daylight to heal yourself.
When you receive an adjustment from your Chiropractor, be confident your innate healing 'light' is shining brighter and longer with every session. Life springs forward when you're under regular Chiropractic care.