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Week 23 - What Determines If You Are Healthy?

So, what is health? I you take a survey, many will respond with either looking good or feeling good. If I feel good and look good, I’m healthy. Wrong. Wrong on so many levels. I think we can all agree that health is our greatest asset. Right? You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have your health along with it, so what right? Health has been defined by the World Health Organization as 100% function of all systems of the body. Not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In short, it is the body doing exactly what it is supposed to do, exactly when it should do it.

That is a really good thing, because the body is also a self-healing, self -repairing system. When you cut your finger, it scabs up and heals over. If you break a bone, it mends. And you don’t even have to think about the process. It does it automatically. It knows exactly what do and when to do it.

So, if health is 100% function of all systems in the body, all we have to do is identify the part of the body that controls all other parts of the body. We have to figure out what part of the body tells the rest of the body what to do and when to do it. And that one part of your body is your brain. Your brain sends messages down thru your spinal cord and out to every organ, gland, tissue and cell of the body. Each and every organ that you have is totally dependent on that information from the brain to keep us alive and to keep us healthy. Take your lungs for example. I don’t touch your lungs, but I crush the nerve that goes to your lungs, what happens to the function of your lungs. Nothing good. I don’t touch your heart, but I take the nerves that go to your heart and cut them, how will your heart function? It stops. That’s not opinion, that is a fact. The connection from your brain to your body keeps you alive. It is your lifeline. It is so critical to the function of the body that it is entirely encased in bone. I wonder why that is. Why you would encase anything. For protection.

And when this method of communication by the nerve system of sending information from the brain to the organs via the spinal cord and out to the body is damaged, the body’s health suffers. The most well-known case of nerve damage in recent history was the horrible accident of Christopher Reeves in 1995. The man dies just 9 short years later in 2004 from organ failure at the age of 52. Now does anyone believe that superman would have died from this weakened state of his body if he hadn’t suffered a spinal cord injury? Of course not. His health declined in such a way that he aged the equivalent of 40-50 years in under 10. His nerve system could not function in a healthy way; therefore, his body could not function in a healthy way.

So, if we want our body to function, we need our nerve system to function.  So, what determines how our nerve system functions? It’s the strength and stability of the structure. Structure determines function. When everything as far as your spine is in alignment, there are no blockages or interference with nerve function. That’s optimal. That’s where you want to be. That’s a state of health! And the strength, stability, and alignment of our spine is reflected in something we call our posture.  When you want to maximize your body’s performance, the body’s function, structure must be a part of the conversation, and that means we must talk about posture. 

If the nerves of your low back, that run down your legs to your feet, have pressure on them, are you susceptible to foot and knee injury? Will that nerve pressure delay recovery to an injury of the knee or ankle? And in turn make you susceptible to future re-injury? The answer is yes. Study after study confirms that the strength and stability of your posture, of your alignment influences…

And in addition, don’t forget, those nerves go to organs, glands and tissue. So patients also get adjusted and keep good posture for the physiological benefits as well. Wow, so it really is better to be in alignment. That’s right. Posture is vital, and often times an underappreciated aspect to the healing process, health and performance, till now. Posture is part of healthy living and healthy lifestyle. That is why it is under the Section 89 tab of the alignment website. It is right there along with our cleanse, digestion, hormones, and exercise.

 If you have not been into the office, I invite you to come in and get checked. Just call the number you see, and our office staff will schedule you an appointment. We help people improve their posture, and in so doing, help them recover from injury, get relief from chronic pain, and avoid unwanted or unnecessary surgery every single day. So hopefully we can do the same for you.

Because it is better to in alignment than out of alignment every single time. We will see you at the next post…next week.

Dr. Gary Arbuckle | Jun 14, 2018