As the month of May begins, we are excited to celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary in West Des Moines serving the greater Des Moines area!
We feel so thankful to have met many wonderful people through the West Des Moines & Urbandale Chambers of Commerce, volunteering, at community events, and through our church. Since we are a husband and wife team, one of the most common questions we receive soon after meeting someone is, “Why did you choose the name Keystone Chiropractic?” or “Why didn’t you name it after yourselves (i.e. Ries Chiropractic)?”
First, our practice is more than just about us. Second, the pronunciation of Ries can be confusing (it’s Reese, like Reese’s Pieces). Third, we may add other providers to our practice down the road and want to be inclusive to everyone under our roof.
The last reason is our favorite, and to help you understand it – picture a stone archway…
An arch is one of the strongest and most stable structures in architecture. Each stone supports the load while evenly transferring it to the foundation. As you can see in the image above, the two sides coming together rely on the keystone (in red) to connect and maintain proper structure. What would you expect if the keystone were shifted slightly to the left or right? Would there be an increased load on on side? Could that lead to increased wear, instability, or perhaps cracked stones?
If your health were an arch, the stones would be things such as proper diet, exercise, and rest. The keystone holding everything together would be proper structural alignment of your spine and an optimally functioning brain-body communication (nervous system).
While eating right, getting proper sleep, and exercising are all requirements for health, as are all of the stones of an arch, normal spinal structure and a properly functioning nervous system are the keystone which keep everything locked in place. Without normal structure, you can expect secondary problems to occur.
Our focus is on an area of Chiropractic called NeuroStructural Correction, and we view the body as an amazing feat of engineering. Every part has a specific function and proper place. When everything is in the right place at the right time, the body performs optimally. When there is an abnormality within the structure of the body, secondary problems are likely to occur.
At Keystone Chiropractic, it is our primary job to correct and maintain the structural foundation of the entire body; the spine. This allows your body’s master control system to function at its best, moving YOU toward a higher expression of health. A strong foundation will help your body stay strong and resist breakdown so you can not only feel your best, but function at your best everyday.