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His Posture Showed his Pain in the Neck
By Dr. Brian G. Blower, DC
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:37:12 AM

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It was so great to have the kids home for the summer! My two youngest were with me for a month or two, and with them came all of their friends, along with the driving, the sleepovers, the dishes, the shopping and more washing and cleaning than should be allowed.  But I love it and give it all for the children, my daughter and son are 16 and 18 years of age.  I know full well they won't be coming down from Canada as often in the future.

I live and work on Grand Bahama Island, one of over seven hundred islands in The Bahamas.  Weather is great, beaches are perfect, the sea is gorgeous and the livin' is easy here.  Traffic is light and usually moves briskly.  If I have an appointment across town, ten minutes is the average drive time, max. So what could cause me to flare up and anger at people here, in paradise? 

Like anywhere on the face of this planet where there are humans there will be a plethora of differences in their size, their shape and their ability to think and reason.  What got me going this one fine summer day here in The Bahamas was when my son Nathen brought some of his friends over to hang out and swim, and do the “bonding for the future thing” that all teenagers have to do with their buddies.  What really shocked me was that one of his friends, barely eighteen, came through the door to greet me and he looked like an old man.  He was rounded in the shoulders and stooped significantly to one side.  My God I thought, what has happened to this nice young man?  If this is him at his youthful prime, how are the upcoming years going to treat him?  What will he have with which to literally carry him through the tough times of aging which are just ahead for him as well as the rest of us? No one will be exempt from stress with age except those that meet an early demise.

I was angry for I know his parents and have begged and pleaded with them over the past years to get the proper care for this young spine before he would end up like he presented himself to me at my home.

If you are familiar with me and my writing you may already know that I am passionate about my work as a chiropractor and applied kinesiologist.  You may know too about the intense focus I give to posture and the body’s ability to perform work under gravitational load.  Make it easy, I love my fellow man dearly and pain with him when he suffers, and this young man was suffering needlessly.  Oh, I don’t necessarily mean that when there is suffering there has to be pain, but he did happen to be struggling with pain in his neck.  But rather he is really deeply showing through his posture and gaits his suffering from the “silent killer.” He is like any of us to some degree for we are continually struggling with “vertebral subluxation” the silent killer.

My heart went out to him for he still didn’t know, and his parents whom I had spent time educating about the wicked affects of vertebral subluxation, didn’t get it either.  At eighteen he was solid in his postural defects and stiffening with subluxations, and with them the weaknesses most prevalent in the righting muscles.  From their loss of function he was displaying to the world, to the potentials for his mating in the future, that he is weak and unsuitable as a healthy individual.  The sign of internal stress is the signal that poor posture is displaying; muscular weakness is failure to thrive.

How do I know he is weak?  I tested him.  I did so right there and then.  As soon as we had a moment of solace I dragged out my adjusting table and he popped himself up upon it and we teamed up to physically take his skeleton to task.  Together we manually tested his upper back and shoulder muscles and soon found what we were looking for, whole sections of muscular weakness while under a load. 

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the chiropractor and the tremendous health improvements that come with reducing vertebral subluxations with manual spinal manipulations, what I did with that young man may seem reckless and cruel or unnecessary to you.  But for those that know chiropractic and especially those that know me and my methods, what we did right then by adjusting his spine and extremities, you know about those methods first hand and readily give full endorsement. 

You that have the chiropractic experience know that adjusting him was instinctively and innately best and right.  Come again?  What we did by first examining and then adjusting this young man’s frame ended up being best for him and his health, as well as being the right thing to do. Best and right is psychologically sound doesn’t it?  Well it is sound, and when he got off of the adjusting table after receiving many corrections he was upright and straight for his muscles could hold and function again.  That is what health is, “everything works, all of the time.” How did I know he was better?  I manually retested his upper back musculature and this time found them all to be sound and working to capacity.  No testing...you’re guessing!

When a parent or another adult chooses not to know about health, or when your Doctor chooses not to test and therefore not to know if your muscles are healthy either; you should take the onus upon yourself to arrange for the chiropractor to test and not guess.  Let him adjust the pumping motions of your body structures, the vertebrae and all joints must move. Most of us are about 60% water and moving joints and discs can pump up and then ride on a cushion of pressure, but the joints and discs must move to do this pumping. Obesity reduces body water volume.  I implore you to get regular spinal and extremity adjustments therefore helping nerve freedom to help make you reach your health potential.  Chiropractic care can help you as it is a natural positive healing procedure that sets your systems back to function, and when trained and maintained they will stay there on their own.

About the author: Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for over 35 years practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on Grand Bahama Island for the past 10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is a founding member of the Bahamas Association of Chiropractic. He has treated many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine.  He can be reached at 242-374-5424.  You can also find Dr. Blower on Facebook HERE

Feel free to contact Dr. Blower with any of your questions or comments at BodyByBlower@yahoo.com

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