The most common answer is “when I feel good”. The problem with basing your health on how you feel is that you can lose up to 60% of your health before you even feel it. For example, out of 100 people who have heart disease, how do 90 of them find out they have heart disease? They have a heart attack. How did they feel the day before the heart attack? They felt fine. Furthermore, cancer could be actively growing in your body for over 8 years before you even see or feel it.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease”. So really health is not just feeling good or not being sick, but it’s actually how you’re functioning and how you’re healing.
What controls the functioning and healing in your body? The nervous system. God put the most incredible healing power in your body. That is your nervous system which consists of your brain and spinal cord. The brain sends messages down the spinal cord and out through nerves to every muscle, tissue, and cell in your entire body. For your heart to beat, lungs to breathe, or a cut to heal on your arm, those messages must flow from the brain down the spinal cord and out through those nerves to that part of the body.
This system is so important that it is fully encased in bone.You have 24 movable segments called vertebrae that surround and protect the spinal cord while the skull protects your brain. These vertebrae make up your spine and should have 3 distinct curves when looking from the side and should be nice and straight from front to back. When your spine and nervous system are in the correct position, the body can function at 100%. When your spine shifts out of its normal position, this puts pressure on the brain stem and causes damage to the spinal cord and nerves.
This pressure or distress is called subluxation. Subluxation is a progressive degenerative neuro spinal disease causing the development of unhealthy patterns. That sounds really scary, doesn’t it? Well it should. Because subluxation is serious and could be leading to a number of problems in your body that you might not be aware of. Subluxation could not only be causing you pain, but could potentially be causing distress on nerves going to your heart (leading to cardiovascular disease), intestines (leading to digestive problems), or your kidneys (leading to urinary issues). The list goes on and on.
“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease” – Hippocrates (the father of medicine)
In this study, Dr. Lloyd Fielder studied 75 different human dissections and 22 different cat dissections. He was looking for a correlation between a diseased organ tracing back to the spinal nerve being pinched or compressed. The results? There was nearly a 100% correlation between misalignments of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.
Remember, your brain controls everything in your body. It does that by sending messages through your nerves. If your nerves are in distress, that part of the body will be in distress and possibly lead to pain and/or disease.
So, how do you fix a subluxation? Specific chiropractic adjustments. What a chiropractor is thoroughly trained in is gently detecting and eliminating subluxations in the body. Once the subluxation is cleared, your body can instantly start healing because that distress on the nerves is removed.
Myself, and thousands of other chiropractors, have experienced and seen amazing natural healing through chiropractic care first hand. Growing up, playing sports was my passion. I played soccer for 9 years, was a gymnast, and loved playing beach volleyball. In junior high, I started getting debilitating migraines. I couldn’t participate in any of my games or tournaments anymore, I had to go into my mom’s car in complete darkness with no noise with my head between my knees. It was awful.
When I was 15, my boyfriend at the time’s (now husband) parents were both chiropractors and I went to see what chiropractic was all about. Since my very first adjustment that day, I have not had a single migraine. Chiropractic allowed me to pursue my passions again. Chiropractic empowered me to realize my potential and my body’s incredible ability to heal. In high school, my passion was found in athletics. Now, my passion is serving and teaching the people in my community about the healing power in their own bodies. Because it is life changing. I know, because chiropractic changed my life.