Did you know the very first Chiropractic adjustment wasn't for back pain? Here's how it all started as told by our founder Dr. D.D. Palmer in September of 1895…
"Harvey Lillard, a janitor, in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf.
An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man's hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half hour's talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before.
There was nothing 'accidental' about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view, and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing 'crude' about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no Chiropractor has equaled it."
And that’s how Chiropractic was born - good thing D.D. was a great persuader!
Your Nerve System is the ultimate sponge, soaking up all the experiences, sensations and stresses you encounter every day. Like a sponge, it can only absorb so much before it becomes over-saturated and spills stress into your body. The result… PAIN, SICKNESS and WEAK PERFORMANCE!
The best thing you can do to prevent Nerve System over saturation is to get checked by your Chiropractor regularly and adjusted when necessary. Adjustments gently “wring out” accumulated tension in your Nerve System before it has a chance to build up and affect your health negatively.
If you’re feeling super-soaked from the stress of life, bring your saturated nerves to the Chiropractor for some TLC. You’ll experience more energy, improved sleep and a better overall feeling of wellness if you do.
If health is our most precious treasure, stress is a menacing thief trying to rob us of it every day. And if you're not diligently protecting your health against potential break-ins, chances are you'll lose it without any warning.
Stress negatively affects our health in many ways, but perhaps the most devastating is its effect on our Nerve System. Studies have shown a link between stress and a phenomena called Sympathetic Dominance - a condition where the 'fight or flight' functions of your Nerve System become chronically overactive, leading to overload in organic functions, fatigue and eventually disease (1). The good news...
When stress is trying to rob you blind, Chiropractic care is the vault protecting your most valuable assets. Just don't use it for bad backs and bad necks. You can rely on regular adjustments to safeguard your nerve system and preserve your WHOLE health. It's for so much more than pain relief.
(1) Chronic Activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System Journal of Applied Physiology 12/2010 Vol 109 Esler. et al.
Scoop up a cup of water from the ocean and in that vessel you'll have some ocean - not the actual ocean, but a part of the ocean, composed of the same physical, chemical and substantive properties. The same can be said for the intelligent force of Life within us and its relationship to a greater force that governs the cosmos.
The innate intelligence or 'organizing wisdom' within you is part of a greater intelligence that holds the entire universe in organized existence... you being the vessel in which it expresses itself. Your innate intelligence may not be THE entire intelligence of the universe, but instead a part of it... limited only by the matter through which it manifests. And this intelligent, inner power which holds YOU together has one purpose - to sustain your existence on the planet.
So think about it. If you INDEED possess a portion of the same intelligence that gives stars their glow, planets their orbit and flowers their scent, why would you put your faith in an inanimate pill or potion to manage your health? Maybe because you don't realize the Power you have in your 'tea cup.' The most important job we have as Chiropractors, is to show you what you are innately made of - and to teach you how to safeguard it. Do you trust the power you have within to heal you?
In Greek mythology, Achilles obtained his powers of strength and invincibility when his mother dipped him into the River Styxx. But because she held him by his heel, it was not washed by the water of the magical river. Achilles survived many great battles but as fate would have it, a poisonous arrow found the weak spot in his heel, leading to his death. Thus the phrase 'Achilles Heel' - a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, which can potentially lead to downfall.
Recurring weak spots in your spine (subluxations) can lead to your potential downfall if neglected. While Achilles acquired his vulnerability from a mother's mistake, we acquire our own spinal weaknesses from a myriad of poor postural habits, physical traumas and accidents - everyone has their own specific 'Achilles Subluxation' which rears its ugly head when we're under too much stress.
Because we all experience daily stresses in life, it's important to locate your specific subluxation pattern and correct it before it has a negative effect on your health. Regular, protective Chiropractic care does just that. If you have a weak spot in your armor, Chiropractic can give you the strength needed to over come it.
Medical preventative care focuses mainly on the early detection and treatment of disease. Their thinking - if you catch a condition in its earliest stage (i.e. breast cancer or diabetes), you have a better chance of managing it. Although that rationale bears some truth, it leaves you waiting for the train wreck to happen before you can do anything about it.
In Chiropractic, preventative care focuses on supporting the ONE system dedicated to preserving the health of your whole body, your Spine and Nerve System. Because all normal body functions are first patterned in your Nerve System, so must 'dis-ease' be patterned in your Nerves System (subluxation) before it develops into an illness. It simply makes more sense to avoid the train wreck in your spine, before it manifests in your body.
The best prevention doesn't simply 'test and wait' until you develop the disease... it focuses on removing the cause before it has a chance to manifest. That begins with interference in your nerve system. Are your loved ones protecting their health with preventative Chiropractic care?
Life can feel like a boxing match. The stress of daily responsibilities, mental fatigue and the loss of health can beat you down. But there's one thing in your corner that helps you overcome it - your innate intelligence.
While uncertainty dominates today's world, certainty prevails INSIDE your nerve system. Regardless of the battles you have in your Life - physical, mental or spiritual - you DO possess a remarkable INNATE ability to adapt and conquer them. Chiropractic was founded on the principle that as long as your Nerve System remains patent, your inner wisdom can spar with any challenge. Some call it 'Nature' others 'Chi' but what ever the name, that Power has been with you from the moment you were born, orchestrating all the steps required to keep you alive and well, successfully maintaining your existence.
The more clear your Nerve System, the greater your ability to go toe to toe with Life's challenges. When stress hits you hard, hit back with Chiropractic to assure your Nerve System is clear and ready for any fight. Innate is in your corner, getting you through the most difficult times.
If you decide to take up golf without investing in a few lessons first (like our friend former NBA All Star, Charles Barkley did) you're bound to develop some bad habits. And once those bad habits get locked into muscle memory, don't expect a few training sessions to fix it! It's going to take time and repetition to undo the damage.
Likewise, if your spine develops poor alignment and dysfunction from years of bad habits (i.e. not being checked for Subluxations regularly), don't expect a few sessions at the Chiropractor's to reverse the damage. A corrective care schedule is likely needed to re-train 'normal' back into your spine - undoing years of structural weakness, faulty muscle memory and abnormal motion. The good news? Just like proper training and practice can eventually improve a bad golf swing, proper adjustments and a consistent schedule can improve poor spinal mechanics - reducing the threat of bigger problems down the road.
Undoing bad habits takes time, effort and commitment. But with the right coaching, hard work and a strong desire to change - you can get it done. Make sure you follow the recommended care plan developed by your Chiropractor to get the results you're hoping for.
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.