Chiropractic is about about freedom.
Not in the traditional sense we often think of, but affecting it and every other aspect of our lives nonetheless.
For those unfamiliar with chiropractic and the majority of the world who take for granted just how their body actually functions, this may seem like an odd statement.
But how does someone have the freedom to express themselves?
On the most basic and fundamental level, they need to have the physical capacity to do so. That means that in order to express ourselves we must have a properly functioning nervous system to understand our environment (sense it, touch it, see it) and then be able to respond appropriately (move, jump, dance, sing).
Our nervous system tells us what demands our body has (water, food, rest) and what demands the environment have placed upon our bodies (terrain, tiger, tornado). Assuming the nervous system is free of interference or dysfunction, the body should be able to respond appropriately to the demand.
But what happens if interference to those messages received from our sensory nerves occurs before they are properly interpreted in the brain or as the brain is trying to send the appropriate message to the particular muscle, organ or cell?
The obvious result would be less than optimal expression. Decreased function, life and well-being. If your body does not know what it needs or how to properly respond, how can it possibly have the freedom to express itself?
Vertebral Subluxation is a Chain
A vertebral subluxation is a misaligned spinal bone that is negatively affecting the nervous system. Because structure always affects function, any structural dysfunction naturally leads to irritation of the delicate and vital nervous system.
Just moments ago I asked a practice member this question:
How does vertebral subluxation affect your freedom?
I was blown away and reminded of just how huge this concept is.
She said, “It’s like your chained. It starts to confine you and stops you from doing and experiencing more and more until you don’t even realize how severe it is. It’s like if you have never experienced freedom, you don’t really know what it is.”
If you are a chiropractor, reflect on that statement. Never underestimate the value or significance of vertebral subluxation. For those that receive chiropractic care, you are some of the fortunate ones that have come to understand and benefit from chiropractic. For everyone else, consider how this common occurrence in the spine may be impacting the health, life, well-being and freedom of you and your family.
This 4th of July as we focus on the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to ensure our freedoms, take a moment to appreciate how that freedom is expressed and chiropractic’s true role in allowing you, your family and your community to express freedom at its highest level.
Steve Tullius, D.C., ACP
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