Subluxation, in review, is a condition of less light.  Learn this term and use this term to help educate people that you meet with health conditions that are tired of being sick and staying sick.  The brain always has the ability to tell the body what to do in order to heal.  That innate capability is ALWAYS there.  So, why do people develop into conditions?  Because, at some point, the brain becomes less capable of shining "light" (the health and healing messages and vital messages that it always wants/needs to send) down to the body below.  At what point?  The brainstem, which is the conduit through which the brain is able to tell the body what to do.  Apply stress to the brainstem via a misaligned atlas/C1 vertebra and you interfere with the very thing that is allowing your brain to tell your body what it needs…the thing that allows your body to tell the brain how much and how such it needs.  Keep the term subluxation in mind…


So, ladies and gentlemen, hope you are all doing well.  This week, I thought I'd describe to you how I feel when I'm subluxated…when my atlas is misaligned and decreasing my brain's ability to communicate with my body.  Maybe you'll pick up a few things here and there that might make you think, "Hey, I feel like that sometimes…maybe I should go get my spine checked."


It's 6 AM in the morning and the alarm clock is blaring "I Ran" by the Flock of Seagulls.  The dog jumps up because he's ready to walk.  And me?  I'm tired…I wake up with an exhausted yawn…the opposite of well-rested despite 8 hours of sleep, which is above average and should be plenty.  I hit the snooze and repeat the same process 6-minutes later.  Begrudgingly, I pull myself out of bed, take the dog out, and go through the rest of the morning routine.  It takes until about 8:30AM to actually feel awake…maybe later.  So, for the first 2-3 hours of the day, I'm a zombie. 


Someone starts saying "Shhhh" from all the talking going around me in class.  "Shhhh" is as rude as actually talking by the way, and it stands out quite a bit more than the mindless chatter that typically clouds our lecture rooms.  GOD, that stupid "Shhhh" is irritating.  I just want to grab whoever is saying "Shhhh" by the tongue and hurl them across the room.  "Calm down," I think to myself to help get my mind right.  After 4-5 hours of sitting around, my low back starts to bug me.  I change my seated position and then my chronically bad left shoulder and neck start bothering me.  By the end of an 8 hour day in class, my shoulder is really bugging the hell out of me.  I rotate that shoulder and it grinds loud enough for me to hear it…sure hope no one else can hear it…wouldn't want to get "Shhhh"-ed. 


RING…class is over…time to head into clinic.  My shoulder is still bugging me and after sitting in class all day, driving 30-minutes (or more) in traffic just sounds terrific.  I'm heading into try to free up somebody's subluxation and I'm subluxated…grrreeeaaat.  All I can think about is getting home and laying down to rest or maybe going for a run to clear my head.  I manage to make it through my appointments, and while I'm slightly more invigorated than I was 2 hours ago, the traffic and the moron going 30 in a 45 is putting me back on edge.  I go for run when I get home, but it doesn't clear my head…it makes my left knee hurt.  An uncomfortably warm shower later and I'm thinking bedtime. 


The next day, I go in and get checked to see if I'm subluxated.  Not surprisingly, I am…so I get my spine corrected.  The adjustment itself feels like nothing.  It is more uncomfortable to lay on the table than it is to have my spine corrected.  After the adjustment is made, I feel an instant rush…the kind of rush that makes you go "Whew."  I lay down to rest for a while and almost immediately fall asleep…great sleep…best 45-minutes of sleep I've had in awhile, during which time my left hand starts to tingle.  No worries…my atlas shifts to the right when I’m subluxated, putting tension on the left side of my brainstem, so when the correction is made, I get that rush of sensation being returned to the left side of my body (the result of which is a tingle).  Anyhow, my mind wanders in a million directions while I'm resting, basically filtering out all the crap that I'd been worrying about while subluxated.  My heart beat speeds up a little as the body accommodates to being back to where it needs to be, but calms down quickly.  When I get up from my rest, I feel clear-headed and re-focused.  If I went in thinking about happy hour, I leave thinking about writing another email or teaching somebody new about what I'd just experienced. 


Interestingly enough, the next day I wake up at 6AM thanking God for an awesome new day.  I hit the snooze once just because, let's face it, 6AM is early…BUT, I feel well-rested, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed when I jump out of bed.  A spry walk with the dog and the morning routine later, and I'm ready to take on the world.  I head into class with purpose.  The "Shhhh"-ers still deserve a swift kick in the back side, but they aren't concerning me today.  The day goes by and the back is not an issue, neither is the shoulder or neck, so I can head into clinic later in the day feeling great and, more importantly, with the peace of mind that my body is FUNCTIONING the right way. 


NOW, THERE'S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU coming up at the beginning of June.  The DVD documentary made by upper cervical advocates for the Upper Cervical Health Centers of America (see is being presented in several locations FOR FREE at local movie theatres.  I already emailed the folks in the STL, but if you didn't receive that email, please let me know so I can send you the flyer.  YOU MUST RSVP AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT.  I've attached the flyer for the movie premiere for CHARLOTTE with this email.  All you NC folks would be well-served to go check out the documentary.  In 45-minutes, you'll learn about something that can CHANGE YOUR LIFE.


Hope everyone has an excellent Memorial Day weekend!


- Chad