Health & Wellness
“Health is more than absence of sickness.
It is optimal function of the body allowing optimum potential and healing.”
-Dr. Yvonne Aicher
Did you know…?
Over a 7 year study period, patients whose primary care doctor was a chiropractor had 60.2% less hospital admissions, 59% less hospital days, 62% less outpatient surgeries & procedures, and 85% less medicine costs compared to patients who only used conventional medical care.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2007 (May): 30(4): +1 208 9910352
Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-surgical approach to healing and wellness. It restores health and prevents injury by improving the structural integrity of the body, primarily the spine. The brain communicates with the rest of the body via the spinal cord and nervous system. When functioning perfectly, this communication is uninterrupted, and the messages go to and from the brain without interference. This allows you to live your amazing life without pain and with wellness.
Addressing the Root of the Problem
The nervous system serves as the body’s wiring. Like a power cord to a light lamp. If this wiring is inhibited, the signal does not reach the intended body part, and illness may result. Just like in our lamp example the lamp will not show light if the wiring is cut or not plugged in. Such interferences can manifest anywhere along your spine. Pain in your arm or hand may be caused by a problem in your neck, where the nerves connecting to that hand originate. A qualified chiropractor can examine the spine for interferences and remove them through controlled techniques. Allowing you to have a healthy, pain-free body.
According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, chiropractic care focuses on the relationship of structure and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of your health. Qualified chiropractors are professional medical practitioners, delivering long-term care at a fraction of the cost of drug treatments and surgery.
One reason the health and well-being of the public suffers today is that most people do not truly understand what health really is. Therefore, that which they believe cannot possibly be true, and that which they do for their health cannot completely work. Only through understanding what health really is can you create the right wellness philosophy and look for what really are the correct lifestyle approaches. Here at Dr. Yvonne Aicher’s office we used corrective Chiropractic care to get to the root of the problem. Like in the lamp example we don’t throw out the lamp and get a new one, we plug it in! Corrective care gets to the root cause, corrects it so that it is more of a long-term fix vs a “quick fix”. “Quick fixes” usually come back and cause problems later. We want to avoid this by correcting it the first time.
So, What is Health?
The basic, core definition of health is described as a state of “normal function.” So ultimately, if you wish to begin seeking health you must first find out what it is that causes you to function normally (or optimally). Interest in biking, swimming, running, doing yoga, lifting weights, taking supplements, and eating the right diet for your body type has reached a historic high. This recent fitness and nutrition fascination has been perpetuated by the current realization many are coming to that it is vital to play an active role in your health if you plan on keeping it or getting it back. All these activities and many more:
• Enhance the overall well-being of your body
• Help you to overcome and prevent illness
• Give you energy
• Improve your appearance
• Can lengthen your life
Yet, none of these causes you to function. Case in point: taking a corpse out for a long bike ride or feeding it vitamin C does nothing to create health or function. To find what really causes you to function you must go to your anatomy and not to the gym or the health food store. What “causes” function is the Central Nervous System or CNS. The CNS is composed of the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves and it totally controls all functions and healing in the human body. As the central generator of all life, it needs maximum protection. Thus, the CNS is located inside the armor-like bones of the spinal column and skull.
To have “normal function”–and as a result be considered healthy–the Central Nerve System must work without damage or interference. The most common, and in fact very likely way, to interfere or cause damage to the Central Nervous System is with the spine. “Abnormal” position of the head and spine and subluxation (misalignment of individual vertebrae) will interfere with the CNS. This interference will cause the organs of the body not to function or heal “normally.” By definition, the result is abnormal or less than optimal health.
“Vital information travels from the brain and spinal cord to all of the parts of the body. But, not only does information travel down the nerve, but at the same time information from the peripheral parts of the body is being sent back to the brain and spinal cord. When this information is interfered with, a problem arises in the body.”
–Daniel J. Murphy, DC; Spinal Biomechanics, Harrison, 1992, p.366
Before any body part or any body function can be described as “normal” or “abnormal,” healthy or unhealthy, we must first have a clear definition of what “normal” is. For example, if normal blood pressure is 120/80, then a person with blood pressure of 150/100 would have high, “abnormal” blood pressure. In only the last few years medical, anatomical, mathematical and engineering researchers have been able to clearly define “normal” spinal alignment. This research has been published in the world’s most prestigious medical journals and presented at the leading spinal symposiums around the world.
There are two proven ways to evaluate for misalignment of the bones in the spine that cause dis-ease in the body:
1. Postural examination and palpation of the spine
2. Motion X-rays
When Looking at a person from the front, the spine must be straight. The head, shoulders, hips, and feet should all line-up. When looking at a person from the side, the ears should be back over the shoulders and the shoulders should be back over the pelvis. Your posture and spine are abnormal which can cause dis-ease if:
- Your head is visibly tilted, shifted or rotated in one direction.
- Your head juts out in front of your chest and shoulders.
- One shoulder is higher than the other, turned in one direction, or your whole upper body is shifted to one side.
- One hip is higher than the other, turned in one direction, or shifted to one side.