nervous system

Don't ignore that lump in your crotch

There's a saying in the chiropractic profession.

"If your spine was on your face, you'd take much better care of it."

I'd say the same thing goes with the area between your legs.

If you had a rash there or a lump or something painful, you'd be at the doctor's in a flash.

Personally, I find it very strange how many people will only deal with what's right in front of them, literally staring them in the face.

And sometimes that's not true either.

Let alone having a few aches and pains in the neck or back.

Most adults who walk into my practice for the first time are in some sort of pain. 

Usually it's in the low back or in the neck.

And then they sit down, tell me their life story (nearly all of it pertains to the issue at hand), and they ultimately want the pain to go away.

Fast.

Pain is bad.

(Not true.)

No one wants pain.

And most people don't take responsibility for their pain.

An ache in the neck for a few days turns into weeks, and then on and off for a few months. 

That's usually about the point when I see the person. That's when they think,

"Hmmmm, this sucks. Something's not right. I need to get this fixed. It's annoying me and I can't cope with this anymore."

They take action and book an appointment to see me.

The problem is, my idea of help isn't the same thing as their idea of help.

For the most part, generally, people think I'm going to 'treat' the problem and it'll get fixed.

Much to their dismay, that's not what happens in my practice.

Pain is only 10% of the situation. My job is to help you with the 90%, because that's the problem that has been brewing in your body for years. 

Maybe decades.

If the 90% was looked after (mostly by you, and with my help to facilitate the body), then the pain will just ease and eventually go away.

Patience is also a major factor in this too.

It takes TIME for your body to heal and change.

In my professional viewpoint, back pain and neck pain is a serious problem.

It's not something to ignore for months and months.

And it's not something that will 'get fixed' for you.

No one can do that except you.

If you had an ugly zit on your face, or a rash, or a painful nodule that you can see when you look in the mirror, you'll tend to it almost immediately.

Same thing goes with your crotch area. Oh, that's serious stuff. No one wants an itchy rash down there.

So you deal with it.

Fast.

But if you have pain in your back, do you ignore it, push through, and tell yourself it'll get better soon and go away by itself?

Most of the time, for many people, considering the circumstances and the outcome, it should not be ignored.

Here's a new flash: Your spine is located in your back, and goes all the way up to your head. 

And it connects to a very complex and amazing organ in your body: your brain.

(It's your body's hard drive.)

Pain anywhere in the back can mean many things, and if you keep trying to delay taking care of the most important system in your body (your spine and nervous system), the more negative effects it will have on your health and ultimately your life.

This is no joke.

The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to make any positive changes to improve the situation.

Your 60-year-old self will be kicking and bitching at "your-now-self" because you were too proud and stubborn to wake up and get with the health program.

So pretend that your spine is on your face and start taking better care of it now.

Get your spine checked and adjusted regularly!

Keep it healthy!

See you soon!

— Dr MaryAnne.

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What Does Posture and Stress Have To Do With It?

 

When you were little, did your mother or grandmother tell you to sit up straight, don’t slouch, and pick up your head? In some way or another, we intuitively know that good posture is important for good health. But, just because we know about a lot of things in life doesn’t mean that we understand it and apply it to ourselves.

So what does good posture mean? Why is it so important? We all have the understanding that we have a heart that pumps blood, lungs to take in oxygen, a stomach to break down food, and many other systems that keep us alive and functioning. All of your systems work together, not in parts, and the whole body is a complex machine that is constantly adapting, regulating, healing, and reorganising. 

The most important system that acts as the ‘hard drive’ and ‘main frame’ of your body is the central nervous system: your brain that sits in your head is the hard drive and it is always sending and receiving signals from your body via your spinal cord. Your nervous system is the master system of the body, constantly controlling and monitoring every function in your body. It never stops. And it is the only system in the body that is fully encased and protected by bone. The muscles along the spine are there to actively support your posture, voluntarily and involuntarily. How does this play in the role of your health? It is essential to have a healthy spine and nervous system in order for your body to function the way it needs to.

Chiropractic care is about getting your spine and nervous system checked, with regular adjustments throughout life. Just as you might choose to eat healthy, do exercise like pilates, and other lifestyles to support your health, it is important to also have your spine taken care of regularly. Why? Because the moment you are born, your nervous system is constantly taking in information and adapting and regulating to keep your body well. 

Stresses in life are what impact the body. These stresses are either physical, chemical, or emotional/mental. Physical stresses are car accidents, falls, chronic bad posture, overuse of texting, and other daily life activities. Chemical stresses include pollution, alcohol, smoking, food additives, poor diet, and low nutrition. Emotional stresses range from single incidents like arguments with a spouse, or chronic stress from long-term issues. It’s part of natural life that we are bombarded with these stresses, and it is our nervous systems that have to allow for the body to be able to cope with them to be healthy. 

As we process these stresses every day, our bodies ‘download’ them into our nervous systems and cause a response. As the response is being processed through our senses (either hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, or a combination), there is an impact on our other systems, including our hormones, body temperature, heart rate, and muscles. 

Let’s imagine back 100,000 years ago when there were saber-toothed animals chasing us for their lunch. That’s a source of stress! When we see that animal chasing us, our fight-or-flight system engages, and it’s instant action! All of a sudden our digestive system shuts off, our adrenaline kicks in, the eyes dilate, our blood pressure rises, the heart beats ferociously, and blood flows to our arm and leg muscles. That’s all happening to keep you from dying a horrible death! The problem is that now, we don’t have any saber-toothed animals chasing us for lunch. Yet, our bodies react to stress in exactly the same way, and our lifestyles usually don’t allow for proper release of that stress. This causes a build up of tension inside the body that is ‘stored’ in our brain and nervous system. Your ‘hard drive’ becomes overwhelmed and the effect is a negative change in posture which puts more pressure on all the other systems of the body. Our spines form into a ‘pattern’ called the defence posture. This pattern of defence posture puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which will in turn cause interferences throughout the nervous system. These interferences, called subluxations, disrupt the communication and flow of the messages between the brain and the body.

Having your spine checked and adjusted with regular chiropractic care from birth is essential for a strong healthy life. Babies and children thrive when their nervous systems are clear. As children grow year after year, their bodies also have to assimilate, adapt, regulate, and heal. Keeping your spine balanced and aligned through childhood and into adulthood sets you up to have a healthy life. Your body’s systems are strong and healthy, your thoughts are clear, and your perception of the world is more open when your nervous system is free from interferences. 

In my office I see people with all sorts of pain and health issues. In the beginning there is a bit of Q&A, then I assess your nervous system with a complex computer system, a spinal posture analysis, and finally end with a thorough adjustment. The pain is what wakes people up (I talk about that on my website and blog). Pain is what gets people to stop and change what they are doing, but most people just want to be ‘fixed’. In my office I explain to everyone that I don’t ‘fix’ people. That’s not what my services offer. It is important for us to see what is the cause of the pain and health issue. In my opinion, it would be a disservice to you to just ‘treat’ the pain and then not help you reach a better state of health so the problem doesn’t come back. 

Most people see pain as the problem. Did you have the pain first, and then the problem started? No. It’s the other way around. Guess what, you’ve had the problem for a long time, and the pain was what alerted you to make a change to shift things around. Pain is just a signal to get you into action to focus on your health. Nothing in life doesn’t require a significant amount of time. Getting healthy takes time. Taking responsibility for your pain and body also takes time. Denial of that will get you nowhere. 

The chiropractic care that I recommend to help people get to better health is specific and personal to each individual. And I also recommend to everyone to get their nervous systems checked for subluxations (interferences). You don’t have to be in pain to get adjusted. In fact, when you feel well, that’s the best time to get your adjustments. Keep your system strong and supported. Don’t wait for a breakdown of your health to act. And when you do feel unwell, it’s not because you’re sick. It’s because your body is adapting. It’s your body’s way of telling you that it’s time to recuperate, slow down, rest, and let your body do its healing. 

Get your nervous system checked, your spine adjusted, and become more aware of your posture and health with chiropractic care.

— Dr MaryAnne.