Is This The Most Overlooked Resource For Restoring Your Health?
This is possibly the most overlooked resource in restoring your health.
See if this makes sense to you. Your brain controls your entire body, it’s like your central computer (why it's part of the central nervous system?... hmmm). Every message from your brain travels down your spinal cord and splits out into different nerves that pass out through the openings between your individual vertebra. These large nerves split into smaller nerves and travel to all the different areas of the body down to the cellular level.
That’s how the brain tells each individual area what to do. That’s also how each individual area sends feedback to the brain, so the brain knows what’s going on and can respond appropriately.
But what happens if there is interference along that pathway?
The biggest example of this is a broken neck that causes complete paralysis. The damage cuts off the communication from the brain to body… and body to brain. There’s no communication so the brain can’t tell the different areas what to do.
But what if there’s still communication but there’s interference? Picture it like varying levels of traffic jams. If the message is slowed down and the brain and body are slow to communicate, then your body won’t function like it’s supposed to. How much do you think that can impact your health? How much do you think that can impact how you heal… or DON’T HEAL?
You can look at it another way. What if the interference is like bad cell reception and you can’t make out every word that the person on the other end is saying. They cut out so you only get part of the message. How much do you think that can impact your health? How much do you think that can impact how you heal… or DON’T HEAL?
If your brain and body continuously have a communication problem I can assure you that you will end up with health problems. You will end up manifesting symptoms that cause you to start looking for a solution to the problem. But the problem is… the vast majority of people don’t recognize that the problem could be this communication error.
If you have this type of nerve interference where the nerve is exiting the spinal column it’s called a subluxation. And it happens when you have an incorrect position of the vertebra… incorrect motion of the vertebra… or BOTH.
“How Do I Know If I Have A Subluxation?”
Most people would relate this to a “pinched nerve” and would immediately say “I don’t have back pain.” But you’d be wrong! A subluxation can be VERY subtle, and in most cases people don’t even recognize they have one (or multiple) until they experience other symptoms not related to the back.
As a matter of fact… the most crucial moments of healthcare begin right after birth. A recent study evaluated newborns between 6-72 hours after birth for asymmetry and restricted motion of the spine (subluxation). This research found that 91% of babies began their lives with abnormal symmetry and restrictions in the cervical spine (neck) and 94% of the babies had abnormalities in the lumbar spine (lower back).
Factors that contributed to these subluxations included duration of labor, number of births for the mother, intervention during labor and birth, instruments used during delivery, fetal head position, and caesarean deliveries.
These traumatic events are common and shows the importance of getting evaluated for subluxations starting right after birth so that the interference can be removed and the brain body connection can be restored.
The study went on to look at adults as well. Not only did the adult group have subluxations in the spine, they also had disc degeneration, bulging discs, disc protrusions, and annular fissures of the disc. And these people did NOT SHOW ANY symptoms.
- 37% of asymptomatic 20 year-olds have disc degeneration. 96% of asymptomatic 80 year-olds have it.
- 30% of asymptomatic 20 year-olds have bulging discs. 84% of asymptomatic 80 year-olds have it.
- 29% of asymptomatic 20 year-olds have disc protrusion (a kind of herniated disc). 40% of asymptomatic 80 year-olds have it.
- 19% of asymptomatic 20 year-olds have annular fissure (a tear in the tissue filling intervertebral space). 29% of asymptomatic 80 year-olds have it.
“How Do I Get Checked For Subluxations?”
Subluxations in the spine can be compared compare to cavities in the teeth and begin to form without any outward signs or symptoms. You can get checked for subluxations by a qualified chiropractor. They can check for the abnormal movement, abnormal position, and nerve interference that can impact the brain body connection.
And you thought chiropractic was just back and neck pain. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Chiropractors have been checking people for subluxations since 1895 and have shown that removing the interference to the spine is so much more. In fact, the first chiropractic adjustment was on a man the had lost his hearing and after the adjustment his hearing was restored. There was interference at the spinal level that had a connection between the brain and the ear. When you restore the wires to the main computer, the body can function like it was meant too and amazing things can happen.
Much more research has been done as well showing the impact of chiropractic care.
Subluxation and Fibromyalgia
Research from a 2014 medical journal called Rehab Research and Practice found a direct link between the severity of fibromyalgia and the health and function of the spine. The study evaluated the effects of one session of a spinal adjustment on autonomic nervous system function and pain in a group of fibromyalgia sufferers.
A spinal adjustment improved the quality of life and symptoms in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. The manual adjustment effectively improved pain, sleep quality, depression, mood, and other fibromyalgia-related symptoms. One treatment per week for twenty-three consecutive weeks decreased pain and positively influenced components relating to chronic illness and functional health capacity.
Rehabilitation, Research and Practice Published online 2014 May 29 “Effects of Posteroanterior Thoracic Mobilization on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in Women with Fibromyalgia” Michel Silva Reis, João Luiz Quagliotti Durigan, Ross Arena, Bruno Rafael Orsini Rossi, Renata Gonçalves Mendes, and Audrey Borghi-Silva
Subluxation and Concussions
Research from 2015 found that every patient who experienced a concussion also experienced a whiplash-type injury to the neck (typically causing abnormal position and motion of the cervical spine). Chiropractic care for post-concussive syndrome patients resulted in rapid and sustained improvement in all signs and symptoms, allowing the tested athletes to return to full competition.
Subluxation and Seasonal “Germs and Sickness” (the flu)
One indicator which reflects how well the body combats infections presents in the amount of immunoglobulin carried in the blood stream. The immune system uses these antibodies to neutralize pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Research findings from a study published in 2011 showed spinal adjustments increased a specific immunoglobulin responsible for fighting off specific pathogens that contributed to infectious illness. The study further explains why Chiropractic patients achieve stronger immunity and defense against illness. Over 120 years of Chiropractic research proves that no substitute exists for the natural health potential available in a well-functioning nervous system.
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association March 2011“Impact of osteopathic manipulative treatment on secretory immunoglobulin A levels in a stressed population.” G Saggio, S Docimo, J Pilc, J Norton, W Gilliar
Subluxation and Organ Health
A leading method used to evaluate and monitor a person’s risk of heart disease stems from a test called heart rate variability. Heart rate variability (HRV) measures the physiological variation in time interval between beat-to-beat intervals.
Studies suggest that people who have a higher HRV are healthier and live longer with less risk of disease. A lower HRV is associated with heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.
The autonomic nervous system modulates HRV and includes both the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, or fight-or-flight response) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS, or at rest system).
A study done in 2006 showed that people who received a Chiropractic adjustment improved their HRV and lowered their risk of heart disease and other possible health problems.
Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics - May 2006 “Effect of chiropractic care on heart rate variability and pain in a multisite clinical study.” J Zhang, D Dean, D Nosco, D Strathopulous, M Floros
Stress and Anxiety In Children and Adults
Studies show that today’s children experience more stress and anxiety than institutionalized psychiatric patients had in the 1950s. Stress registers at an all-time high across many age demographics and results in serious health consequences. One of the most troubling outcomes of stress materializes in the number of adults under the influence of anti-depressants and mind-altering anti-psychotic medications. Nearly one in four women over the age of 50 consumes anti-depressants while nearly 15% of the population relies on pharmaceutical antipsychotics.
A study done in 2017 determined children under Chiropractic care for wellness experienced less depression, anxiety, fatigue, and pain interference than children who did not receive care. Chiropractic adjustments pursue the health and wellness of the entire organism by focusing on the nervous system. Residual benefits which occur from the pursuit of spinal health include a reduction in depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine December 20, 2017 “The Quality of Life of Children Under Chiropractic Care Using PROMIS-25: Results from a Practice-Based Research Network.” J Alcantara, AE Lamont, J Ohm
Chiropractic and ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) plagues kids and families all over the world. Medical doctors diagnosed over 6.4 million school-age (4-17) children in the United States alone. This number registers a 42% increase over the last 12 years.
Research published in 2010 observed a clear connection between a Chiropractic adjustment and brain function. The adjustment led to improved brain and body coordination. Many additional studies corroborate a link between a chiropractic adjustment and improved brain function in children and adults. A chiropractic adjustment helps restore balance to the nervous system. The result allows children and adults of all ages experience more control and calmness while leading better lives with greater ability to learn and perform.
Experimental Brain Research 2015 Apr;233(4):1165-73 “Changes in H-reflex and V-waves following spinal manipulation.” Niazi IK, Türker KS, Flavel S, Kinget M, Duehr J, Haavik H.
The list goes on and on. When you take care of the nervous system and remove the subluxations that cause interference between the brain and the rest of the body… you allow the body to function the way it was designed… and symptoms and “diagnosis” can be resolved.
It’s the way the body was meant to be.
So what’s next for you? Find a chiropractor and get your nervous system checked for subluxations. It makes everything else we talk about a thousand times better. I’ve seen people doing all the other things “right”… and still have problems with their health. If you have interference you’re not functioning and living at your best.