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Is Your Child Living to Their Potential?

“One day I felt fine, and then the next day I was just miserable…”child

Have you heard someone say this? Probably enough that it’s hard to recognize the absurdity of that statement.  Except for severe trauma like car accidents, major falls, poisoning, etc., people do not suddenly become ill. Disease is not happen spontaneously.

Small repetitive traumas, long-term abuse and negligence, though unnoticeable at first, takes a toll on the body over a period of time. When the first secondary issues (symptoms) appear, the body has already been malfunctioning for some period of time – months to even years.

Studies have shown that a significant percentage of children undergo trauma during the birthing process. Chiropractors focusing on NeuroStructural Correction are trained to located structural abnormalities in the spine that may be impairing nervous system function.

No only will this spinal and neurological imbalance become part of a child’s structure as they develop, but many of them will go 30 or 40 years – and possible the rest of their lives – with the effects of that initial damage to the spine and nerve system affecting both their health and quality of life.

Any obstruction to the body’s master control system results in a lessening in every aspect of that child’s function. An impaired nerve system could reduce immune function, concentration, recovery from illness and injury; it could lessen athletic performance and digestive function. It could even alter behavior.

While it is true that people often see a chiropractor to help them recover from physical health problems, that is not the purpose of chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at correcting structural abnormalities that compromise neurological integrity. This is vital for everyone to reach their full health potential.

Some may be concerned about the forcefulness of an adjustment for a growing child. That would be a legitimate concern if all people received the same adjustment. Thankfully, they do not. Age and size are taken into consideration; providing a spinal correction for a baby uses no more pressure than one uses to check the ripeness of a tomato.

If we understand that health means 100% function, not merely being symptom-fee, then the function of the nerve and spinal system needs to be addressed.

Who has more potential to benefit from chiropractic care than our kids?

 

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There’s No Such Thing as “Flu Season”

Fall is in full swing, and with the first snow in Des Moines on Friday, winter seems to be creeping up already.  With the change in season comes the returning threat of “seasonal” illnesses like colds and the flu. Have you ever wondered why there is such a thing as “seasonal” illness? Why would viruses and bacteria only come around during the fall and winter months? They don’t – this is a MYTH!

Think for a moment about what would happen if you planted a seed in the ground. You covered it with soil, didn’t water it, offer it sun, or supply it with air.

Would the seed grow? NO!  Why not?gardening-575442_1280

The answer is that the condition of the soil was not ideal for the seed to take root and for the plant to flourish.  Now, consider your body equivalent to soil and a virus or bacteria as the seed. If you planted that seed in your body right now, could it grow?

Many people get sick with colds or the flu this time of year because the condition of their body is primed for pathogens to thrive and grow.  Contributing factors can include:

  • High emotional or physical stress
  • Decreased exercise
  • Less sun exposure and Vitamin D production
  • Depleted essential nutrients
  • Increased sugar and processed food intake (Holiday goodies)
  • Disrupted neuro-immune system communication

These are all ingredients for increasing your susceptibility to illnesses.  Take the necessary steps to ensure that you’re healthy over the upcoming months.

Normal Spine StructureAt Keystone Chiropractic, we primarily deal with the final bullet point.  We focus on Neuro-Structual Correction; resolving obstructions between the nervous system and the rest of the body.  Proper communication between the nervous system and the immune system is vital to remaining healthy.

The nervous system sends a message to initiate an immune response to a pathogen which may be causing you to be ill.  Once the pathogen has been eliminated, your nervous system restores normal balance to your immune function.  Your nervous system is also directly responsible for increasing your internal body temperature and creating a fever, which generates unfavorable conditions for bacteria and viruses to grow.  The nervous system regulates immune system function by promoting rest and decreasing stress, which, as discussed previously, can lead to poorer immune responses.

Often we find that structural shifts in the spine obstruct communication controlling immune system response.  Our goal is to correct those shifts, restoring NORMAL position and allowing messages to be sent properly from the nervous system to the immune system and the rest of the body.

Combating Chronic Inflammation

As people age, they are not only looking to live longer, but better as well, and that includes avoiding the effects of chronic inflammation.  Inflammation treatment is a big industry because of that.  There is a long list of medications, supplements, and salves aimed at managing chronic inflammation, and the number of advertisements for anti-inflammatory products is even greater.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to things such as injury, infection, exposure to toxins, and biomechanical dysfunction.  It involves a cascade of events, coordinated by the nervous system, which includes increased blood flow to the site of injury, local temperature increase, redness and swelling.  The additional fluids can also increase the pressure on nerve endings in the area, resulting in pain.

b2ap3_thumbnail_inflammatoryShort term or acute inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process and, in most cases, should not be reduced.  It is NORMAL.

Long term or chronic inflammation, on the other hand, can lead to serious health problems.  As the picture to the left illustrates, it can contribute to Type II diabetes, joint degeneration, heart disease, and even cancer, among other things.  Often times, it is the result of life style choices, and other environmental influences.

There are some easy steps you can take to reduce and prevent chronic inflammation.

  • Getting the right balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats.  Most Americans consume too much omega-6.  Reduce the amount of cooking oils you consume, especially those that contain corn.  Eat grass-fed met over grain fed and choose cold-water fish such as Wild caught Alaskan Salmon.  Adults should aim for a omega-6:omega-3 ratio of about 2:1.
  • Avoid trans-fats.  It’s as simple as that.  But, be careful to read the ingredients.  The nutritional label may read 0 grams of trans fat, but make sure to look for “partially hydrogenated” oils.
  • Limit refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars
  • Maintain a healthy weight.  The more fat you carry, the more inflammatory chemicals you produce.
  • Increase you intake of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, D, and E.
  • Have your spine checked for structural shifts.  Chronic inflammation may be a secondary condition of a structural shift of your spine.  The structural shift blocks your nerves from functioning correctly and from properly controlling the inflammation process.  Neuro-Structural Chiropractic restores your spine to its normal position reducing the obstruction to your nervous system, which allows inflammation be more appropriately coordinated.

 

 

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