Get Healthy this Spring Part 2: Nerve Supply is the Key to Optimal Health.

Last week we introduced the Five Pillars of Health: sleep, nutrition, exercise, positive mental attitude and proper nerve supply.

What do we mean when we talk about nerve supply, and how is it important to achieving optimal health?

Imagine wrapping a rubber band around your wrist. Make sure it is tight. You may feel a tingling sensation, as the blood supply to the hand begins to be impaired. Your fingers may start to turn blue and numb as they do not receive what they need to function properly.

What would you do to restore your hand to health? Bandage it up? Take a pain reliever? Or have it surgically removed? Massage it? Apply a tens unit?

Although all of these may feel nice and maybe help in the short term for symptom alleviation, they will not remove the pressure or blockage that is causing your finger to be less ALIVE. Anyone looking at this problem would obviously remove the rubber band, which is putting pressure on your circulatory system and reducing your hand’s ability to function.

When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractic doctor is working to remove pressure from your spine, by finding misalignments, or subluxations, in your spine. When you are experiencing subluxations, the misaligned vertebrae (or bones of the spine) are putting pressure on your spinal cord, or the peripheral nerves, which are the super highways for communication in your nervous system.

Depending upon where these subluxations are, they are affecting some of the many different nerves that bring signals from the brain and spinal cord into all the different organs and systems of your body.

Subluxations create a nerve flow “traffic jam” in the nerves that are affected. Guess what happens next? The organs and systems that these nerves feed cannot function at their optimal level.

Here is a simple graphic to demonstrate how nerve flow affects different organs.

So, when you come in because your back, neck, hips, or anything else hurts, the first thing we look at is where these subluxations are, and adjust you to take the pressure off.

Many times, not only does range of motion in those areas increase and pain decrease, but enhanced flow to the organs in that area increases, meaning improved sleep, improved digestion, lower blood pressure, increased immune system function, and more.

By getting adjusted, you’re not only improving the way your body FEELS, you’re improving the way your body HEALS.
Want to learn more about ways YOU can help keep your spine healthy? We give free Spinal Self-Care Workshops for the public every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month! Next one: Monday, April 14. Call 978.448.9355 to register, and feel free to bring a friend!

Chiropractic Fills Your “Health” Checking Account!

If we make deposits into our “health checking account,” we can make withdrawals as we need them. If you can make deposits (good nutrition, exercise, proper rest, chiropractic adjustments, etc), then you can make withdrawals (neglect, stress, pepperoni pizza, over doing it, etc.) Like your checking account, if you make more withdrawals than deposits, you get bounced checks and overdraft notices from the bank. Not only are overdrafts expensive, they’re inconvenient and annoying.

Sickness and disease are overdrafts on our health checking account.

Low back pain and pain down your legs? It’s an “overdraft” your body is sending you.

Headaches? A bounced check.

Numbness and tingling down your arm? A service charge from your health “bank.”

Many people begin chiropractic care because they’re overdrawn. They’ve got bounced checks and their health bank has levied some rather harsh fees. These penalties serve as a reminder that they haven’t been making adequate deposits to cover their withdrawals. Getting a clear “audit” of your health account balance is the first place to start. That’s the purpose of a thorough examination.

Then, you’ll probably need to make some immediate deposits into your account to get yourself out of the red. We call that Relief Care.

Then you have a choice. You can neglect your checkbook and suffer a relapse and more service fees later. Or, continue making deposits into your account, building up your balance and giving yourself some breathing room. Think of that as Corrective Care.

The smartest option is to continue making still more deposits, opening up a savings account that can serve as a buffer you can call upon in moments of stress. We call that Maintenance or
Wellness Care
.

Invest in Your health. Your Health is Your Wealth.

Your Nerve System and Chiropractic

Like the conductor of an orchestra, your nerve system ‘orchestrates’ virtually all of the functions of your body.

When an individual cell of your body or an entire system loses guidance from your nerve system, all bets are off. The drummer has the wrong beat, the woodwinds are playing too loudly, and the brass section is playing the wrong song!

That’s why we are interested in your symptoms, but we’re focused on the integrity of your nerve system.

There a difference between what you hear in the warm-up and the concert for an orchestra. Even though each musician is playing amazing things during the warm-up, it is dis-organized and sounds like a mess. Without organization, there is no harmony. But then the conductor steps up to the podium and begins organizing the musicians; directing them in a cooperative and purposeful manner that brings about harmony.

Your Life Energy is the ORGANIZER of all of the different parts of your body; the conductor if you will.

It uses your brain and nerve system as tools to coordinate and ORGANIZE all of your parts to work together harmoniously and bring about health and happiness. It requires a clear CONNECTION between your brain and your body. And, because of the intimate CONNECTION between your spine and your nerve system, you must also maintain a properly aligned and fully functioning spine in order to maintain your clear neurological CONNECTION, and that is what chiropractic care is really all about!

11.14.13 If your spine were on your face…

If your spine were on your face, you would take MUCH better care of it.

Americans LOVE looking good and feeling good. But what about functioning well? Your spine is VERY IMPORTANT. It protects your NERVE system.

The effects of an unhealthy and uncared-for spine may make you look and feel significantly older when you are unable to walk normally, grip your toothbrush because of the numbness in your hands, or even worse — need to have a serious spinal surgery.

Your BRAIN and NERVES control EVERYTHING in your body. If you have a misalignment in your spine, the nerve system is unable to transmit proper signals from the brain to the associated muscle, organ, gland, etc… When 10% of thes message from the brain isn’t getting through, it’s like talking on a cell phone when the call is “breaking up.” Some messages come through, and some get jumbled or lost altogether.

This can cause all kinds of body and life challenges.

Get your spine checked by your chiropractor.
Make sure the communication channels are open and clear.
Reduce the buildup of wear and tear on your spine.
Allow your spine to function better, and decay less.

When we feel and function better, and have less stress and tension in our bodies and minds, we smile more! So get adjusted! Not only will your spine improve, but your face will, too!

Will you brush your teeth today?

We are really hoping the answer is YES.
Will you brush them even if they do not hurt? Why?
Why will you brush your teeth if you don’t have a cavity?
Have you EVER woken up and thought,
“Hmmm…my teeth don’t hurt me today, so I guess I don’t need to brush them.”

You brush to prevent cavities, to keep your teeth healthy for as long as you can.

Do you ever want to brush your teeth after a particularly goopy snack? Why?

Because you know your teeth need some extra attention and care, because you have done something that is not good for them.

There was a time when many people lost their teeth by age 50. This significantly changed when the ADA started teaching the population about dental health. Now, not only does everyone brush, but they also floss, whiten, straighten, etc.

Think about the demands you put on your nerve system every day.

What happens to your spine and nerve system if you don’t take care of it?