Chiropractic in 100 Words

chiropractic_clinic_scroller_01-1Aces and pains are signs that your body isn’t working right.
Your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves control how you body works.
Physical, chemical or emotional stresses produce a defensive posture.
Muscles contract, locking spinal joints that pinch or irritate nearby nerves.
Lack of nervous system integrity sets the stage for disease and ill health.
A thorough examination helps chiropractors find these vertebral subluxations.
Applying a precise force to stuck spinal joints helps the body right itself.
Health usually returns as repeated visits restore nervous system integrity.
That’s why chiropractic care has helped millions get well and stay well.

There you have it. It’s that simple!

Forever Young

What Lifestyle Habits Have Been Shown to Increase Life Span?

Most of us like to think of ourselves as young: young in heart at least, if not actually young in years. But is it possible to stay “forever young” in terms of health and wellness? Here are two key tips. They may seem obvious, but the power is in actually implementing these tips consistently over time.

Tip #1: Eat less. Each person has his or her own caloric balancing point beyond which extra food will be retained as fat. If your average daily calorie consumption is right around this critical value, all the energy in the food you eat will be used to support your physical functioning. But extra calories will not be burned up and this unused energy will be stored as fat. Over time, increasing fat stores frequently lead to chronic disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. So with respect to long-term health, it’s a very good idea to avoid overeating. Of course, we want to have fun, too, but that’s what a “free food day” is for. If you eat within your caloric range on six days of the week, the seventh can be a “free day” when you can eat whatever you want. Such a system works very well for ongoing optimal weight management (which, of course, means ongoing health and well-being, contributing to our notion of “forever young”).

Tip #2: Exercise more. Did you ever see a gymnast, competitive swimmer, or professional dancer who didn’t look absolutely terrific? These young men and women are in such good shape owing to the high volume of exercise they do every week. Do you know an older adult who was on a high school or college gymnastics team or was a professional dancer long ago? Isn’t that person still really healthy and fit? Such long-term fitness results from a lifelong habit of exercise. The very good news is that even if you haven’t exercised in many, many years, you can still derive benefit for years to come from starting to exercise, right now.

You get fit by doing the work. Not all at once of course, but gradually, steadily, building up strength and endurance, starting right where you are. The secret is to begin. And after not too long a time, you’ll find that your new habit of exercise is providing all kinds of surprising benefits, including deeper, more restful sleep and increased energy and exuberance. Not to mention weight loss and a slimmer waistline. These two tips, eating less and exercising more, have been known for decades.

“So Far, I Feel Fine…”

Is it Possible To Feel Fine, Have No Symptoms, and Yet Be Unhealthy?

A man jumps off the Empire State Building. At every floor along the way he shouts out, “so far, I feel fine.” When he finally hits the sidewalk his first symptoms appear, but it’s too late, he’s already dead.” People ignore their health for years saying, “I feel fine” and by the time the first symptom appears, it is too late.flying

Why Are Symptoms Not a Good Barometer of Health?

The World Health Organization defines health as: a state of optimal physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Webster’s defines health as: a state of wholeness in which all organs are functioning 100%, 100% of the time. Health is not just how you feel or about your symptoms; it’s about how you are functioning.

Thousands of Americans die of heart attacks each and every year and their heart attack is their first sign of disease. Statistically, in cases of fatal heart attacks, the fatal heart attack was the very first symptom in over 40% of the male population. Think about it…

Have you ever had a friend who was feeling great, had a PAP smear, a mammogram or a chest x-ray and was given bad news several days later? Cancer doesn’t develop in just a few days and yet they were feeling good.

Do you know someone who has diabetes? You know that as long as they are taking a proper quantity of insulin they have no symptoms and feel great. Meanwhile the disease continues to ravage their body over time producing circulatory problems, nerve system disorders, kidney damage, and eventually blindness. You can’t wait until symptoms develop before you decide to maintain or regain health… it might be too late!

How Can We Get More Health?

We don’t get more health from outside ourselves. Health doesn’t come from pills, powders, potions or surgery. Health comes from within. You were born to be healthy. Your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and gland in the body. The catch is, in order to be 100% healthy; your body must be free from nervous system interference. The number one cause of nerve interference is subluxation, which only your chiropractor can correct.