- Red Bell Peppers
- Green Tea
- Poultry - Chicken and Turkey
- Sunflower Seeds
Correction Chiropractic vs. Traditional Chiropractic
Traditional Chiropractic focuses on goals such as decreasing muscle spasms, increasing range of motion, and the temporary reduction of pain. This is how most chiropractors practice and most of them do a great job. However, it falls under the category of symptom relief/ symptom management aka “band aid” care.
At True Chiropractic, our focus is on NeuroStructural Correction. Think of your spine as the foundation for a building. If the foundation was off, would you expect the floors to creak, the walls to creak, and for the windows to not close properly?
Now you can spend time patching all the damage, but you would be doing so with the expectation that in a short time the problems will have to be… repaired again and again.
NeuroStructural Correction looks for the underlying NeuroStructural Shifts in the spine that might be causing your foundation to be off. In the vast majority of cases that make their way to our practice, often as referrals from other chiropractors or medical doctors in the area, is a significant NeuroStructural Shift. These NeuroStructural Shifts are the underlying causes that often reveal themselves as “symptoms”- or what we refer to as Secondary conditions.
Get Back to Normal
Rather than constantly repairing the damage, at True Chiropractic, we focus on correcting the underlying NeuroStructural Shifts and help you reach Normal Structure.
Our services are not for everyone. However, if you are tired of constantly patching the problem and you are looking for a long term solution that you can both feel and see for yourself, then True Chiropractic may be the right place for you.
What is a NeuroStructural Shift?
While no one is structurally perfect, there is a normal healthy range. In the same manner, we can understand what a fever is because we know what the normal temperature is, or what constitutes high blood pressure because we are aware of the normal range. There are established normals everywhere we look, including gauges and warning indicators on the dashboard of your car… letting you know when things are abnormal.
At True Chiropractic, we are looking for a significant three-dimensional shift of the spine away from normal. If the lower back or hips shift, it will cause the shoulders to twist, and the head and neck to shift forcing the entire spine out of alignment. These shifts cause the muscles to spasm, the ligaments to deform, and it disrupts the NERVES traveling down the spinal cord. In other words, the main communication system that connects your brain to your body can be disrupted causing the body to fail to adapt properly.
- Stabilizes your walking gait coordination - builds core strength
- Energizes your body and calms your mind - releases tension and stress
- Improves your eye teaming skills - essential for focus, reading and writing
- Enhances whole brain thinking - your left and right hemispheres work together
- Develops proprioception - your spatial and kinesthetic awareness
- Increased self-awareness
- Situational insight
- Clarity of thought
- Impulse control
- Physical coordination in general
Obesity is a major issue in the United States today. In fact, as of 2013, 25-30% of Minnesota adults were considered obese according to the CDC.1 That’s every 1 in 4 adults! And, let’s face it – losing weight can be difficult. According to the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Center, “95% of diets fail and most will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years”.2 So that begs the question – what are we to do? How can we go about losing our excess weight and living healthier lives?
Insulin is a hormone produced by our pancreas. The main purpose of this hormone is simple – to stimulate our body cells to take up the extra glucose in our bloodstream after a sugary snack. Insulin is surely our body’s friend – continually keeping our blood sugar in balance. However, this hormone has other very important functions related to fat metabolism, or fat burning, in our body.3
It seems that avoiding carbohydrates could surely help our body in burning its fat stores. Therefore, a great way to shed some excess weight would be to avoid foods that spike our blood sugar (and insulin secretion) such as bread, cereal, pasta, beer, fruit juice, soda, potatoes, rice, and corn.3 Furthermore, don’t be afraid to eat fat and protein – they have no effect on insulin secretion and will keep you from feeling hungry for a longer time period. If you want to lose weight, it may be time to change that breakfast cereal for a little bacon!
- Taubes, Gary. “Why We Get Fat”.
THE SIX HUMAN NEEDS
Kelsey Petersen Chiropractic Intern & the True Chiropractic Team
“Hey Doc, I need your help today, my breathing is not normal!” “What do you mean, not normal?” I asked. “Well, it’s normally right around 15 breathes per minute, but today it’s going almost 25 breathes per minute and it’s labored—definitely not right!” At first, you may think, “Yep, something’s definitely not normal there.” But the problem here is not with this man’s respiration rate. It’s with our definition of the word normal. What he really meant to say is that his respiration rate was not average.
Now that you are educated about your body, hopefully you understand the importance of getting to the root cause of your health crisis and you realize masking the symptom is only a short term solution for a long term problem that has been festering inside your body for years. Obviously one adjustment cannot undo a problem that has been inside you for years.
Healing takes time! Healing is a process so please respect this principle. As the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Neither was your body, nor your family, nor your house, nor your relationships, nor your expertise with the work you do. The list could go on and on.
So why would anyone expect anything different to apply when your body fails to adapt and you develop a health crisis or symptom? Your high blood pressure, heart condition, high cholesterol, digestive problems, obesity, lower back pain, migraines, vertigo, fertility problems, asthma and numbness didn't just appear overnight. So why expect these conditions to heal over night?
Knowing that your nerve system controls how your body functions (and all the conditions above), we need to make sure there is proper communication from your brain to your body and back to your brain so your body can heal itself. This is how ChiropracTIC works.
"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Sir Isaac Newton's Third law of motion
Why are you dealing with this health condition – is it happening because yousomehow deserve it? Did you ask to get sick?
When a person "gets" sick, did they "catch a cold" because a bacteria or virus decided to pick on them and not their spouse, that essentially lives the same lifestyle?
Some people think it's in their genes that they get sick more often than others. It is amazing what some people come up with to explain why they are sick all the time. Then there are others that act clueless as to why they are sick as if out of the blue a virus jumped out and gave them sickness and they ask the dreaded question, "What did I do to deserve this?"
There is a direct correlation between health and lifestyle habits that people seem to fail to connect. We don't get sick, we do sick. The better question we should ask is, "What did we do to become sick?" It really is about the "Three T's": THOUGHTS, TRAUMAS and TOXINS.
What we focus on is what we bring more into our lives. This is the simple law of attraction. If you are completely focused on just getting rid of your current sickness / body signal, what happens? Your health crisis will eventually disappear for a while until the next health crisis appears. If you start focusing on correcting the problem, instead of just masking the body signal, you will come to discover there will be fewer and fewer health crises in your life.
When it comes to traumas, we need to make sure you are physically conditioning your body to last you a lifetime. Unfortunately, getting adjusted for the rest of your life is not the answer to your health problems if your body can't physically last you a lifetime. Proper motion into your body, when your body is healthy enough to handle it, is a statement I can't express enough. Timing is everything, especially when it comes to your health.
Lastly, the toxins and chemicals your body comes in contact with plays a major role in your health. The old saying, "you are what you eat" is only partially correct. "You are what you digest" is a much more accurate statement. You can only utilize the nutrients you put into your body only if it's digested correctly. The other part is the toxins your body is exposed to. The more toxic chemicals you expose your body to, the more likely you'll produce a toxic body that will provide many body signals.
Don't forget we all have a unique Innate Intelligence that knows how to control our body according to what's best for our individual self. It just needs no interference (subluxations). What is toxic for one person may not be toxic to another person. Same premise holds true for the amount of physical activity for one person may not be enough for someone else to become healthy and stay healthy. This also holds true for why some people can deal with emotional stress better than others.
This is why I always ask before I begin care with anyone, "Is your health enough of a priority to start the journey to create a healthier you? The choice is yours!"
The 5 Keys to Optimal Health that you can really focus on are:
1. Proper nutrition
2. Proper exercise
3. Proper emotional stress relief
4. Proper sleep patterns
5. Proper functioning Nervous System
1. Assimilation: The body's ability to absorb food materials, digesting them and making them a part of itself. In other words, converting this food into such a form that it become a part of the body.
2. Excretion: The body's ability to give off waste matters, which not only are no longer of use in the body, but which may be detrimental to the body if retained. You must realize this is different than secretion. Secretion is something formed by the body to be used inside the body and has a definite function.
3. Adaptability: The body's intellectual ability to deal with the external stressors it's exposed to from a physical, chemical and emotional perspective.
4. Growth: The body's ability to expand according to the intelligence of the body to a mature size and dependent upon the power of assimilation.
5. Reproduction: The body's ability to develop and maintain the existence of it's life form from a cellular level all the way to the entire life form. Reproduction is truly dependent upon the power of growth and the power of assimilation.
These five signs of life are what I analyze in my office to determine what direction you are heading toward. Just because you appear healthy today, doesn't mean you will appear healthy tomorrow as your body is in a continual state of change. This is why regular check-ups are so crucial to your success of health. Your body is in a constant state of repair and breakdown. As long as your body is repairing faster than it's breakdown, you will have hope with healing and becoming healthier. If you absorb only one thing from this article, hopefully it is this: