You see, the very same forces that made the mountain made you, and the very same forces that erode the mountain are eroding you, namely gravity and time. You are infinitely more complex than a mountain but the same sort of rules apply. We can stop the erosion in some cases and slow it down in nearly all cases, but the rules of erosion stopping MUST be followed. They cannot be cheated. There must be at least one bucketful of dirt for every one eroded. Unlike the mountain, you cannot take time off and then bring a bunch of buckets to make up for the time lost. In life, time lost is just lost. There is no make up. What I am talking about is the degeneration of your spine and the resulting degeneration of your health.
There is a direct correlation between spinal health and organ health. Henry Winsor, M.D. found that in the cadavers he studied, 96% of the time the nerve supply for the diseased organs came from the areas of the spine with the greatest misalignment, or what we call subluxation. Furthermore, when the spine erodes or degenerates, this cements in the misalignment to more and more permanently damage the nerves and our health. Therefore, the focus must be on stopping or slowing the erosion by restoring alignment and motion as best as possible. So what are these rules I speak of?
Rule # 1) To just get the subluxation under control requires adjustments at least 2-3 and sometimes 4 times each week for anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months depending upon the case.
Rule # 2) To correct the subluxation as much as it may be corrected requires 2 adjustments per week when there are a significant number of grade 2 findings on your exam. Remember back to your examination report, grading system 1-4? Once there are no grade 2’s then 1 adjustment per week for several months, and for years in some more advanced cases.
Rule # 3) To maintain that correction requires adjustments on a weekly basis for a lifetime.
That leads to two questions that I would have if I were you. First, why weekly, and second, why a lifetime? The answer to the first question is based in pure science. It was revealed in ground-breaking research done at the University of Helsinki, Finland, by Dr. Tapio Videman. Published in 1987 in Clinical Biomechanics, “Experimental Models of Osteoarthritis: The Role of Immobilization” Dr. Videman found that the slightest restriction of motion in a joint will result in “permanent and irreversible” degeneration in that joint in just 2 weeks. He further found that if you restore normal motion the degeneration will stop but will not be reversed. To you and I, it means that your subluxations, which are essentially joints that are restricted in motion, must be checked for and adjusted within the two weeks that Dr. Videman found is the magic number. So, why weekly? Simply the science of joint mechanics and degeneration.
Why a lifetime? Well, once you know the answer to why weekly, why a lifetime becomes pretty obvious. But put simply, your subluxations began in childhood and were added onto during adulthood. You are aging, time is ticking, gravity is tugging, and the forces of erosion, just like in the mountain, will not be denied. The mountain, and you and I, sadly, will erode. It is the human condition. But, if you want to erode more slowly, to stay on the planet a bit longer, and to live a life that is healthier, more vibrant, and certainly less dependent upon the pharmaceutical industry as you age, you need to make a lifetime commitment. And not only to your spine and nervous system, but to your health in general. It pays the greatest dividends.
So how can you stop the erosion? That’s what this very unique chiropractic program here is all about. I hope you and your family are along for the ride.