As a chiropractor with over
thirty five years of licensed practice I have been asked this question many
For some of us spinal and
extremity manipulation seems foreign and unusual.
Let me enlighten those of us that have this “generation’s
old way of thinking” clouding our mind.
Our gifted body has over three hundred
They may be of various
descriptions but all of them are present for a purpose and all of them have
Function means to do
Remember that for us to be “healthy”
then all of the parts must be able to do their work.
And to do work all of the parts must have an
adequate nerve supply.
Nerves nourish, they nurture
and enable tissues to work.
bodies muscles, nourished by nerves, do most of the physical work.
Muscles attach to bones and when all the
muscles work the bones are able to move through a range of motion and come back
to the centre of the joint axis and rest there.
That’s healthy, all of the
muscles worked to lever the bones correctly.
The joints slide and glide easily at birth and quickly learn a range of
motion that describes to the brain how they are being loaded and their current
We don’t have to have our eyes
looking at our arm to know where it is. If the joints stay this way then over
the years they won’t break down rapidly
Think of it this way.
You fall and strike your “funny bone.”
Not really funny but for this example let’s
suppose it will all feel OK in a moment or two.
But at that moment are you able to pick up and swing a hammer with your
Would you feel like
standing and polishing a window?
course not and you are now by definition unhealthy, you cannot perform work
with your part.
It is unhealthy to have
nerves not reaching the parts.
The fall has jarred and
caused the joint and it’s surrounding tissues to change, the shock has stunned
the periosteum, the nerve enriched covering of the bone.
The ensuing scattering and dispersal of other
nerve signals that cannot use the bruised pathway take away the ability of the
now un-nurtured part, the muscle, to respond to the brain, it cannot go to
After a short period of time
the nerve pain decreases and we are then able to move the joints of the hand
and elbow again.
It may be a few more
days before swinging a hammer is accomplished.
Meanwhile you did have a fall and the twelve to fifteen pound head at
the top of the spine had to be held at the moment of impact by the muscles and
bones of the neck and upper chest wall.
We don’t necessarily “feel” these stressors at the time.
The next day or one or two
weeks down the road we begin to get neck pain and headaches.
Or perhaps we get that old whiplash
activated again or maybe that old football injury flares up.
Later we usually get lower back pain from
(I’ll explain that in
another column) So we take drugs to stupefy us and let the injuries compound
Then one day when the pain
and loss of work ability of the parts of the shoulder and neck get so bad we go
the “doctor” and the x-rays show the parts have degenerated and worn themselves
Or the tests may all show that “nothing
More drugs are given and “
Next patient please!
It’s too late for us, our
parts have not been held in place and our joints were not going through a proper
range of smooth motion and they wore out.
Or if they haven’t worn out without the proper care they soon will
Good-bye to you.
I hope your grandchildren
will get a better idea about maintaining their “health.”
I hope they get checked and evaluated by the
chiropractor and get the adjustments necessary to restore the joint range of
motion, keeping all of the parts free from nerve encroachment and then stay
healthy to very ripe old ages.
Come on here, think about it,
if yoga and exercise are health producing activities how do you think they
assist your capacity to do work, how do they make you healthy?
Yoga and exercise increase
the range of motion of the joints.
take out the kinks to a great degree by drawing bones through an increased
range of motion and we feel and function better because of it.
But I know most of you, I have been in
practice for a lot of years.
Most of us
are lazy and will not exercise or be faithful to a disciplined program.
The truth is that if you had
a fall or other injury in the past it will come back to haunt you if it isn’t
corrected, the sooner the better.
soft tissues that bruised like the “funny bone” will stop paining quickly but
the hundreds of joints in the upper back and neck that met with sudden strain
will have residual spasms and splinting, subluxations.
During a short time period
reduced range of motion of joints will allow shrinking of tendons and ligaments
that upset the equal movement of the opposing sides of the spinal column.
You will not usually feel this until you go
to use your neck and back and the parts fail to work and you hurt.
Then we may go to the
chiropractor for an exam and treatment.
Most of us have heard that chiropractic care is “natural and drugless”
and we want to feel better this way.
when I ask what is troubling us we will say something like “Oh I slept wrong”
or “my neck got sore from using the computer.”
If that was true then everyone that uses a computer for an extended
length of time would get a sore neck.
But they don’t!
It’s you and your neck and
your upper back and your history that describes your joints out of line and
your nerves that then don’t reach the parts.
When you sat at the computer and asked the parts to continually work
they couldn’t and the muscles let the boney joints twist and subluxate and we
The nerves failed to nourish,
they couldn’t get through and around the misaligned joints, the “subluxations.”
So how often should we go to
We must go and get all
of the joints moving through your unique body’s potential range of motion.
Depending on your history and present
condition your chiropractor will inform you and give you a comprehensible plan
to get there.
If you are ninety think lots
If you have had many car
accidents or other severe injuries your stress load is unique and expect many
If you are middle age and haven’t
had much trauma then less visits are necessary.
If you are young and are seeing and feeling postural changes like flat
feet and spinal distortions expect to be a chiropractic patient for life.
Just like we all constantly
care for our teeth and use improved oral hygiene your spine and nerves need
support and maintenance on an ongoing basis too.
And just like your teeth our
brain doesn’t feel the need to go to the dentist until we rupture through the
enamel and get an abscess.
ignoring oral health is just plain dumb and so is it plain dumb to let our body
stress over and degenerate.
Let’s change our attitude and
stop turning a blind eye to our body now that we
have had some light shed upon the
chiropractor and how his adjustments, over time, continually help keep the
parts working and spinal decay at bay.
We recommend the once a month
chiropractic habit to keep, once you regain, your health potential.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for 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 has treated
many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine. Dr Blower is
currently in practice at the Family Wellness
Center on Coral Road, Freeport. He can be reached at 242-374-5424. You
can also find Dr. Blower on Facebook HERE