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You Came to Solve a Problem, but Why Should you Stay?

 

Have you ever wondered why you should see a chiropractor?  Or, why you should stick around for adjustments, even though your symptoms have disappeared?  Seriously, why would you continue to see a Chiropractor when you feel just fine?  These questions often dominate conversations in my office when discussing treatments plans for patients.  We have been conditioned to believe that we only visit our health care professionals if there is a “problem”.  The actual “problem” is that type of conditioning!  There is so much information readily available for the average individual that it can cause so much confusion.  For that reason, patient education is #1 in my office.  It is the only way to help people debunk Chiropractic myths and give them the clarity and understanding they deserve!

A big part of educating my patients is helping them understand the nervous system.  It is probably what people least understand about chiropractic care, but has the most profound effect on their health.  Basic anatomy teaches us that there are 24 movable, stacked bones in your spine; 7 in the cervical or neck region, 12 in the thoracic region or mid back and 5 in your lumbar spine or low back.  These spinal bones or vertebrae, have a hole down the center of the column, where they house the spinal cord. The spinal cord is also connected to our brain.

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The brain is protected by the skull as the spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae.  The spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between the brain and the body, and coordinates all bodily functions and activity.  This role starts at fertilization.  In other words, when an egg and sperm come together, the brain and spinal cord form first and coordinate the development of the baby.  They are the master controllers of the body in utero and this role remains the same for life.  The spinal cord branches out from the spinal column and feeds every aspect of the body; your muscles, glands, organs down to the single cell.  All of this masterfully coordinated.  The best way to get a clearer picture, is to imagine a mature tree.  The trunk of the tree would be the spinal cord and all the branches that reach out far and wide feed everything in your body.

The nervous system functions similarly to a computer system.  Your computer has multiple wires and bytes that work together to store and share information.  What happens when the computer is overloaded? Of course we all know that our computer does not work as efficiently; it is slow to process information and deliver appropriate results.  Well guess what?  That is exactly how our nervous system behaves.  When our nervous system is overloaded, and unable to function to its maximum potential, it is also gets tired and slow to process information.  We can experience subtle symptoms like brain fog, difficulty putting words together, heartburn; muscle soreness/tightness, or just blatantly obvious symptoms like headaches and low back pain.  And by the time these symptoms appear, the overload on your nervous system has been lingering for some time. This is why it is important to have your spine checked regularly to prevent issues from arising, even if you do not have symptoms.  (isn’t that what we do when we have our regular dental checkups?  So, why would this be any different?) Here is an important fact: every second, a single nerve cell may send as many as 1000 signals.  These signals can zip from nerve cell to nerve call at speeds up to 400 kilometers an hour- the original information super highway. Chiropractic care removes interferences (stress) in the spinal nerves pathway so information can continue to travel at that type of speed and your body can function to its maximum potential.   So, isn’t it time you got your superhighway checked out?

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