adaptation

Is Your SUPERPOWER Activated?

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Have you ever marveled at people who are aging gracefully, adapting to new physical demands, still able to do the things that give them joy year after year? Do they have a secret super power that the rest of us don’t possess?
 
Sadly, we all probably know more people who are struggling with aches, pains and illness that are slowing them down. We may even view this as normal, just something to be expected as we get older.
 
But the truth is, our bodies were designed to adapt to changes over time. The human body heals itself continually. Not only after injury or illness, but all the time. The constant replacement of red blood cells (at a rate of about 100 billion a day!) is a great example.
 
Our bodies are always working to detect and correct imbalances, to adapt to our current environment and to function perfectly. The brain-to-body communication that our nervous system provides is the key to self-healing. When interference with the nervous system inhibits communication between the brain and the body, our self-healing process starts to break down. This shows up in our bodies in a number of ways, even affecting how we age. Studies show that the brain controls the signaling pathways that provide resistance to stress on a cellular level – a key to reducing the effects of aging. A properly functioning nervous system can improve not only your current health, but your longevity.
 
Are you ready to reclaim your superpower? You can turn your body back into an adaptability specialist with upper cervical chiropractic care. Diagnosing and correcting just one tiny area of the spine alleviates interference in the nervous system. This allows the rest of the spine to reset itself. The end result? Your body works as it was designed to. It adjusts, adapts and heals – that’s powerful!
 
So if you’re suffering with symptoms that you chalk up to “normal aging,” think again. Struggling as we age is not normal. It’s a sign that our self-healing process is stuck. Let’s turn your body back into the amazing adapter that lets you live happy, healthy and pain free!

Are You Stuck or Are You Adapting?

Every time a patient comes to my office, I’m interested in one crucial question: Is your body stuck or is it adapting? 

That information gives me a snapshot of where you are from a musculoskeletal standpoint. And that’s what determines whether an upper cervical adjustment will be helpful or not at that time.
 
Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal and adapt when the upper cervical vertebrae are aligned. But when the top two vertebrae, the atlas and axis, are out of alignment, they can put pressure on the brainstem.

This interferes with the nervous system and inhibits communication between the brain and the body, causing pain and health concerns for many people.
 
At any point, your body may be on its way to correcting a skeletal misalignment (adapting), or it may be stuck. That’s why the specific, scientific approach of upper cervical chiropractic is so helpful. Every time I see a patient, I’m able to use objective tools to evaluate if an adjustment is needed.
 
I believe my patients benefit most from a “minimalist” approach to chiropractic care. Simply put, that means:  
 
Your body naturally tries to adapt and find the alignment that’s right for you. When your body is doing what it’s supposed to do, I leave it alone -- and help you find ways to feel better while your body is healing. When it’s stuck, I provide a very specific, small correction. Then I allow that to sink in and see if your body will continue adapting on its own. 

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I explained this to one of my riding patients the other day, and she said, “Horse people will definitely understand that philosophy!”
 
Do you give an aid or correction to your horse regardless of whether it’s needed? Of course not. And, you probably adhere to the “less is more” approach, using the smallest aid that gets the result you’re looking for. 
 
In the chiropractic arena, the minimalist approach means that you will get an evaluation every time you see me, but you’ll only receive a chiropractic adjustment if you need one, and any correction will be as small and specific as possible to achieve the desired effect. We’re looking for a change over time...the goal is to get lasting results that hold, by allowing your body to do its job.

How Can I Tell If You Need an Adjustment? 

Sometimes when we’re faced with the “Are you stuck or adapting?” dilemma, the answer correlates with how you feel. Sometimes, it doesn’t. That’s why I use several objective methods of evaluation each time I see you, including infrared thermography and functional leg checks, as well as a subjective assessment based on how you feel to gauge your progress.
 
There are times when your body is working its way toward better alignment and healing on its own – even if you can’t feel the progress yet. Alternatively, you may be “stuck” and will benefit from an adjustment, even if you’re feeling relatively pain-free that day.

Small Shift, Dramatic Results

As an equestrian athlete, you enjoy a sport where tiny modifications make a big difference in how you feel while you’re riding and how effective you are.

But unlike most athletes, your control over your own body affects more than just you.

Not all my chiropractic patients have a 1,200-pound partner who can tell when you’ve just tipped your head forward, slumped your shoulders or leaned a bit to your left. 

A tiny shift can make a big difference when you ride. And not surprisingly, the most minute shift in your skeletal structure has a dramatic effect on your body too. Even small misalignments can cause big problems.
 
Feel free to schedule a no-obligation phone call with me to learn more about upper cervical care, regardless of your goals -- whether you have ongoing aches and pains, an injury that’s preventing you from riding as you did before, or even if you’re just interested in remaining injury free and staying in the saddle as long as possible.
 
Let me put the MINIMALIST chiropractic approach to work for you…specific, small corrections for lasting results.

I Hate Getting Adjusted!

So, its not normally the phrase you expect to hear coming from a chiropractor's mouth. bu I really do hate getting adjusted!

Here's why: When you need an adjustment, it means that your body has been stuck and not working properly.

What I love about upper cervical chiropractic is that the point of coming to visit me isn't to get adjusted. Why go somewhere when you know every time you go, something is always wrong? Doesn't that make you feel bad? I would hate to go to a place, where every time I went I knew I was going to get bad news.

Upper cervical chiropractic is about CHECKING the nervous system, that most important system in the body, and only adjusting when absolutely necessary. Whether my patients know it or not, I do a little happy dance inside every time I don't need to adjust them!

Why? Because that means we're making progress! Healing is about adapting to our environment and making small steps toward health. Even when we may not feel so great, checking the nervous system and knowing it is working okay can be amazing peace of mind for the soul. To leave a space with some hope, instead of frustration that it was stuck, again!

o, just like most people (except those addicted to the "crack") I too hate being adjusted. I do love being checked and having the peace of mind that even on my bad days, my body's got it covered and I can keep on doing what I need to be focusing on.

A quick mid year thank you to all those that have trusted me to be there for you. To be your hope and peace of mind as you progress to your best health.

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support.