For folks who have never been to the chiropractor, the adjustment is shrouded in mystery. I’ve heard some very odd comments about bones cracking, torture tables, etc. Of course, these myths can be easily debunked with simple explanations.
I have a strong bias since I get adjusted regularly when I feel good. Getting adjusted builds your future like building an addition on a house. But it’s hard to build when the house is on fire, so it makes sense to take action when things are going well.
Because most health interventions are coming from a reactionary point of view rather than a preventive focus, most of us don’t realize we could be living in a higher state of vitality. There is something better than feeling OK most of the time or assuming fatigue is a normal part of the day.
Remember the last time you were in pain or sick? The body was trying to heal while under stress. Inflammation, fever and digestive reactions were in play to protect the body and get rid of germs. These are normal functions that are perceived negatively. While these responses feel awful, they serve a purpose.
A depleted body is like an overdrawn checking account, and replenishing is crucial. Healing is work. It takes energy and time. The million-dollar question is this: What’s the best way to find relief without harming the healing process?
Chiropractic adjustments can help get the checkbook back to a zero balance. When the spine is impeded by stress, the adjustment allows for a release of tension that relaxes muscles, increases blood circulation and stimulates nerves to work more efficiently.
One of the immediate responses felt after an adjustment is the ability to get a good night’s sleep. Digestion and elimination become more normalized, and people can move better without that “weighed down” feeling.
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Explaining the adjustment as I did above does not do it justice. People love how they feel when they get adjusted, but it is very difficult to convey the benefits in just one conversation. They have to try it out for themselves.
When the checkbook balance is restored back to zero, the overdraft fees stop. Similarly, when the body gets out of pain, it has a zero balance. It’s not better, but it’s not worse. Health-building, like building a savings account, is the next step.
Do you stop at zero or do you rebuild? After the pain is gone, chiropractic continues to give more benefits that can be experienced, like a well-accomplished symphony. The nervous system is the conductor and the rest of the body makes up the orchestra. The adjustment is the conductor’s inspired way to make the composition more expressive and beautiful.
If you never tire of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” or Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” you know what I mean. If you took music lessons, you know your teacher never allowed you to remain mediocre.
Your life is your greatest performance and chiropractic adjustments can impact how often you get to play.
Lisa Ann Homic, M.Ed. D.C., may be contacted at www.DrHomic.com