“There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.” This quote from Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer, succinctly sums up what chiropractic care is dedicated to: the release and freedom of the innate intelligence within the body so that a person may express the perfection that is unique to them.
Why does one seek chiropractic care? It can be for any number of reasons, the classics being back pain, neck pain, headache, infertility, dizziness, hearing loss, childhood ear infection, birth trauma… the list is endless. Does chiropractic care address these issues? Yes…and no.
Chiropractic care is simply the release and freedom of the nerve system so that the health that is inherent to each of us can be the prevailing power.
Our bodies are meant to live in dynamic equilibrium. When a force interferes with that balance, whether it be a chemical force such as a drug, a physical force such as a fall, a mental force such as worry, or an emotional force such as the loss of a loved one, that homeostasis can be impacted, depending upon one’s ability to integrate the experience at hand. An unintigrated force can bombard the nervous system with what one of my partners call a “tsunami of stimuli”. This tsunami can load in the body and create habituated patterns and later compensatory changes around those patterns that distort the physical, and possibly emotional, aspect of the body. The long term affect of this is what is referred to as dis-ease; a lack of freedom and ease in the person’s being, an inhibition of the expression of that person’s life force. A Chiropractor can help with dis-ease. Dis-ease can express itself in a number of ways including chronic fatigue, frequent colds, poor digestion, adrenal overload, exzema, emotional issues, repetitive injury, and a lack of flow or ease in life to name but a few. Long term it may lead to larger illness such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
What we know for certain is that the body operates far better with freedom than without. Freedom lends itself to the body’s immune system functioning at peak performance. Freedom generally means the sympathetic (fight or flight) aspect of the nervous system is in balance with the parasympathetic (rest and digest) aspect of the nervous system. And this makes for a person able to integrate the daily stresses of life with greater ease. Simply put, a nervous system free of interference is better able to “roll with the punches” and is less likely to “lock and load” an event or experience.
Who benefits from chiropractic / chiropractor care? The easy answer: who doesn’t?! From birth to death the uniqueness of who we are deserves to be expressed wholly. Chiropractic care simply allows that freedom to prevail.