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Very frequently when people go to get help from a chiropractor, they point to where they feel pain and ask to be fixed. That is like going into an auto repair shop, pointing to the light on the dashboard, and telling them to fix the light being on. Healing is not that cut and dry; the body is not quite that simple. A light on the dashboard doesn’t mean the problem is there any more than pain in a certain area of the body does.
In working with the spinal structure over the last 20 years, I have noticed that it’s common for people to think that pain originates and can be fixed in one spot. This is a very narrow view of how the body works, so let’s expand into a better understanding of human physiology. The first lesson is a simple one: Everything is connected.
Just like the old song says: “The neck bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the jaw bone.” It’s all connected. Changes in a person’s lower spine, sacrum, tailbone, or pelvis could be shifting segments in the spine all the way to the base of the skull. And the reverse can be true, too – changes in a person’s cervical spine can cause shifts down to the tailbone. I’ve worked with numerous clients who have had multiple spinal surgeries throughout their lower back without experiencing anything more than a temporary resolution because the underlying wounds in their nervous system were in their lower neck. The structure had shifted and was pulling the tissues all the way down the spine causing pain in the lumbar spine. No amount of surgery will help if you are working in the wrong area to solve the problem.
When they’re looking for help relative to the spine, many people are really only looking for a band-aid and they’re happy to get one from whichever healthcare provider will provide it. Usually, it’ll be a pretty good band-aid while it lasts, however, you can only band-aid things for so long.
I would much rather take a whole person approach and honor the fact that everything is connected: physiological systems as well as body structures, mind, and spirit, top to bottom. An integration of the spine, nervous system, connective tissue, ligaments, and muscles means that the body can be more adaptive, more responsive to its environment, and the wisdom within can coordinate as needed to move and heal. This is a far more sustainable approach in the long run. After all, feeling better faster is of no use if it’s not sustainable, and the band-aid method means that you are just getting fixed until the next time you need to get fixed. NeuroStructural Optimization is about upgrading the human operating system so one can be empowered to reach their potential and live an extraordinary life. Physical, chemical, and emotional demands and stresses are not going to stop happening while you’re alive. Upgrading the state of one’s body so that it can be more resilient to life’s demands, even so much so that you feel ready to take on more and increase your capacity so that life can be extraordinary, is the real way to go.
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