I'm back on a roll. What is this? 4 weeks in a row? The three week rule is completely legit, by the way. It takes 3 weeks to establish a habit or to break one. You make it three weeks...you're golden. So, this week, I want to point a few things. I've got several random topics on the brain, so we'll just see how this goes...
Don't Let It Go Too Far
When I'm talking to people about upper cervical care, I am often asked a multitude of questions about different health conditions. For many, it often takes a long time to make the connection that a problem in the stomach could be caused by the same thing that is making their kidneys not work properly. It's OK to think that way. Medicine makes up 95% of the health care equation in our country and, as we all know, medicine operates under a philosophy that takes each part of the body and separates it from the whole. If your ankle hurts, you go to the ankle specialist. If your heart is out of whack, you go see the cardiologist. It's a system of specialists. Let us not forget, though, that the body is one big functioning UNIT. Yes, each part of the body has a special job, but never make the mistake of forgetting that each special function is performed for the good of the whole. It's like a basketball team. Each player has a role. You've got your defensive specialist who really isn't that good at anything else. You've got your rebounder, who primary job is to, simply, get you the ball. There's a three point specialist. There's a guy who distributes the ball. There's a guy who scores most of your points. They all make up a TEAM.
Those specific functions - those roles - have to be regulated. In basketball, you have a coach to make sure all the players are doing what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to do it. Your body has a coach, too...the brain...and so long as the brain can shout down the instructions to all those parts of the body to keep them doing what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to do it, then Team Body does just fine. Well, what do you think would happen if the coach of a basketball team was, for some reason, unable to communicate with his players? Do you think that might prevent the team from playing as well? Don't you think that if the brain was unable to communicate with the parts of the body that it might prevent the body from functioning as well?
So, back to the "Can you fix this?" or "Can you help that?" questions. Condition after condition is thrown at me, and while I will explain each condition differently, I always tie them back into a common theme: that the body does NOT just catch an illness or suddenly, out of nowhere end up with a condition. It takes time. When the brain can no longer properly communicate with the body, telling it what to do and how to do it, then our bodies become weak...and then they become weaker...and weaker. Can Upper Cervical care help someone with Multiple Sclerosis? Can it help someone with high blood pressure? Can it help someone with diabetes? Can it help someone with irritable bowel syndrome? Can it help someone with Fibromyalgia? Absolutely it can. Remember the purpose of upper cervical care is to get the brain talking with the body like it is supposed to. Who wouldn't that help? Ask Phil Jackson or Red Auerbach if their teams wouldn't have started breaking down if they couldn't talk to their players. I would guess they'd tell you that, at the very least, their teams would not have been the well oiled basketball machines that they were. Communication is what it is all about for the brain and the body...and the longer you lack it, the worse off you'll be.
How do you think a person feels 2 years...5 years...10 years prior to being diagnosed with some crazy condition? Years prior to being diagnosed with M.S., you often feel just fine. A month before you are diagnosed with cancer, you often feel like a million. And then your world comes crashing down around you with the realization that, "Wow...I guess I wasn't as healthy as I thought I was" OR that "Geez, how I felt wasn't really a good indicator for how healthy I thought I was."
You've only got one body...don't let it get too far gone before you start taking good care of it.
As an Upper Cervical doctor, I am offering you more than just a chance to allow your body the best chance at overcoming conditions and restoring your health...I am offering the chance to give your body the best chance at not having to worry about overcoming conditions in the first place while maintaining your health. Trust me, it's a lot easier for me to help you get well if you don't have any symptoms or conditions to overcome first.
Condition of the Week: Ankle problems
Each of us has an innate reflex programmed into our brains from the time we are babies. It's called the right reflex. Grab a snake just below its head and watch it squirm and twist trying to right itself and relieve that pressure. Well, if you've ever seen an old western film where someone is getting hung, you've probably seen humans do the same thing. We kick and we squirm to try and right ourselves to relieve that pressure. Believe it or not, the same thing happens to your body when you have a misalignment at the top of the neck. I call it the brainstem subluxation, typically, but today we'll call it a mini-hanging. When someone gets hung, the thing that brings them to their ultimate demise is that the second bone in the beck gets snapped back so severely that it severs the lower most part of the brainstem. Similarly, when you have a misalignment to one of the top two bones in the neck that surround the brainstem, it torques the lower most part of the brainstem. Since it is subtle, you will rarely even notice, but quietly your body's righting reflex kicks in and your body starts shifting. That compensation will go all the way down to your feet and ankles. One shoulder generally pulls higher than the other...one hip generally pulls higher than the other...and because your legs and hips are attached, then one of your legs pulls shorter than the other.
To put it simply, you end up standing slightly crooked. The muscles all the way from your face to your feet adapt. It's like shifting the foundation of your house and the rest of the house shifting with it. Because of the leg length difference, and the fact that you end up constantly leaning to one side and putting more weight on one side vs. the other, your ankles become weak and unbalanced. Try holding a 5 lb. dumbbell in one hand and a 10 lb dumbbell in the other and see how comfortable that is...
Fix the foundation and watch everything else fall back into place. The shoulders balance, the hips balance, and the legs balance. Your susceptibility to ankle problems decrease dramatically.