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What Do You Mean It’s Not Level?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 1, 2011

A friend was helping me rearrange some things in my office recently.  One of the things we did was to put up a white board or Dry Erase Board as a way to educate and communicate with my practice members on a more real-time basis.

After everything was done, we stepped back to admire our handiwork.  That’s when my buddy said “It’s crooked.”  I replied “What?  How could that be?  You saw the level balance perfectly!”  I had downloaded an app called 3D Level for my new smartphone and used it to make sure the white board was perfectly level.  After checking 3 or 4 more times, we realized that the level had worked perfectly.  The problem was the tiny (almost undetectable) little bumps on the side of the phone for volume control.  Although tiny, it was just enough to affect what the level was perceiving.  And over the 4 foot width of the white board it was very apparent.

Right then, it hit me like a brick.  That’s EXACTLY what happens when we have a misalignment of the top bone in the neck.  While we don’t really notice it, that slight misalignment puts pressure on the nervous system at the brain stem.  That affects the feedback your brain gets from your body.  It can cause all sorts of problems like vertigo, high blood pressure, headaches and all sorts of weird symptoms.  And even though your brain might be sending the right instructions for the input it’s getting from your body, if that feedback is not quite right, neither will be your brain’s response.

And while that little tilt in the white board won’t affect the message that I’m trying to convey to my clients, it WILL affect how they view the board.  That same scenario works in your life and mine and everyone else’s, too.  If you’re off even a little bit, it can affect how you view your whole life.  Not only that, it can affect how you respond and adapt to situations in your life.

One other thought.  So much of our health life is affected by various “measurements” like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body temperature, etc.  Unfortunately, many treatment protocols are based purely on a single measurement.  What IF either the measurement were not accurate because of “white coat syndrome”?  Worse yet, what if the “measurement” was outside of “normal” range but very appropriate for whatever your body was dealing with at that moment.

My point is, be careful when you measure.  Understand what you’re measuring and why.  Understand that your body’s own innate wisdom is always on the ball.  And remember the old carpenter’s rule of thumb “Measure twice.  Cut once.”

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How Can a Roller Coaster Affect Your Health?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 27, 2011

A new client came in yesterday complaining of dizziness and nausea since her recent trip to Six Flags.  Apparently, her kids convinced her to ride the roller coaster, Batman the Ride.  If you’ve ever ridden Batman, you know how fun, but jarring, it can be. You might not have known how dangerous it could be, though.

As much as I love roller coasters, the first time I rode Batman was the last.  I remember thinking while on the ride “Man.  This ride is rough!  I wonder how many people need an adjustment after getting off this thing?”  Apparently, more than I imagined.

My new client only experienced dizziness and nausea.  there have been a couple of reports of people dying of heart attacks after getting off the ride.  Truth is, that is entirely possible.  Not because the ride scared them to death, but because the neck trauma can damage the spinal cord at the level of the brain stem which affects all of your body’s vital functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.  That’s the part of the nervous system that was damaged when Christopher Reeve (Superman) fell off his horse and Dale Earnhardt hit the wall.

Oddly enough, it only took a simple, gentle adjustment at the top of the neck and my clients dizziness and nausea went away.  For most people, that very same adjustment can help their blood pressure, asthma, vertigo, acid reflux, ADD/ADHD, migraines, even hemorrhoids.  I know it seems strange that something that simple can be so powerful.  But, it is.  You just have to find the RIGHT chiropractor.

So, the next time you leave the amusement park with a sore neck or back, don’t ignore it.  Visit your chiropractor or get in touch with me to find you one.

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