By Darrel Crain, D.C.
“My other chiropractor used to adjust me differently.” “Are you going to do that thing my old chiropractor used to do?” “Wow, that was really different than my last chiropractic adjustment.”
Ever wonder why chiropractors use different techniques? There are nearly as many ways to deliver a chiropractic adjustment as there are chiropractors. How is it possible that adjustments can be so different and still get good results?
“There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same,” goes the Chinese proverb.
The chiropractic adjustment in all its various forms relies on a single principle: the body knows how to heal, regulate and develop itself. The intent of each adjustment is to remove interference and upgrade the body’s internal communication to allow the free expression of innate wisdom.
There are perhaps a quadrillion cells in the human body, each one with its own body-wide web of connections to other cells and the central nervous system. Cells make up the tissues that make up the organs that comprise the physical body; all of them busy around the clock with conference calls, emailing, faxing and sending packages, even while we sleep. Reducing static and interference on the lines of communication is the intention and the effect of every adjustment.
We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies. Every aspect of the human experience is lived through the nervous system. Everything we think, hear and feel begins as a bioelectric impulse perceived and given meaning by the mind. We are born with instincts for survival and procreation, and various desires such as finding love, meaning and purpose, not to mention fun.
The body’s master control system is composed of the brain, spinal nerves and hormonal messengers, linked with complex feedback loops. Mental impulses maintain the miracle of life, seamlessly integrating all functions of all cells in the body at all times. Billions of bits of information travel back and forth between brain cells and tissue cells every second. The electricity of life hums and vibrates through the nerves as long as there is no interference.
Mother Nature requires only that we observe her natural laws in return for the miracle of a healthy life. Health is determined by the choices we make every day, including what we eat, what we think and how we move. It has been said that our biography becomes our biology.
Chiropractic springs from ancient traditions of healing based on natural laws and an understanding that good health is a matter of personal responsibility. We eat food to provide the body with abundant toxin-free nutrients, but also for the absolute pleasure of it, hopefully without too much overindulgence and excess. The pure water we drink allows the body to filter toxins and recharge bioelectric pathways. The mind needs feeding too, thriving best on a diet of gratitude, possibility, creativity and discipline.
Motion is key to the body’s physical and mental health to maintain tone and enhance circulation and the flow of energy. But just as no amount of flossing and brushing can fix a dental cavity, all the stretching and exercise in the world will never restore and maintain motion in the spine as does regular chiropractic care.
Starting with its humble beginnings in 1895 with Dr. D.D. Palmer in the United States, chiropractic has spread around the globe and helped millions of health-seeking people experience the benefits of enhanced well being.
Dr. Darrel Crain is a Family Chiropractor and Natural Health Writer practicing in San Diego, California. He is the President of the CCA San Diego County District and can be reached at 619-445-0100
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