Every day we are balancing the things and people that are the most important, and we have to do it within the limitations of time, money, and sometimes physical ability. I want to remind everyone that you're just as important as the people in your lives.
Steve Jobs was 56 years old when he died of pancreatic cancer. That's WAY too young. He had $10 billion when he died. Just think about how much life happens after 56. This was a man that was not limited by money. He was limited by health. We all are. One of the hardest things about being mortal, is accepting our mortality. We only get one body, so you've got to take care of it. Treat it like a Ferrari.
Top 5 Healthy Habits:
1. GET ADJUSTED. Health comes from the spine. If you do nothing else, get adjusted. It will take your nervous system and fascial system further than yoga, pilates, and massage combined. I don't let a single week go by that I don't get adjusted.
2. Eat right. There's so much to say here, but for the sake of keeping this brief, just cut out corn syrup and you're doing better than 90% of America.
3. Sleep. This is when your brain heals. Your mind consolidates information and clears emotions when you sleep.
4. Be nice to yourself.
5. Drink (clean) water. Dump all the flavors. Soda isn't water. Stop drinking tap water. Don't let your kids drink it either. Scientists are finding pharmaceutical drugs in tap water. Not cool. Get an RO filter in the house. Up to 70% of your body is water. Make sure it's clean.
On the first Saturday of the month from 9am to noon and the first Wednesday of the month, we are going to start adjusting children under 12 for $20. I hope that many of you with children will take advantage of this and get your children's spines checked.
Many times, an infant's neck is injured at birth. We call this birth injury. Babies can get wedged in the pelvis, pulled on too hard, vacuumed out, etc. These injuries at birth are now the baby's starting point. Without correction, an injury that set the baby off course by only 1 degree, can create a path away from health and in 10 years, the child can be miles away from real health.
For decades, chiropractors have seen the benefits of adjusting children. More and more research is being published. In a recent paper published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, Volume 2019, an infant with recurring ear infections was brought to a chiropractor to get her spine checked. Remember, health comes from the spine. The baby was found with damage to the spine. After chiropractic care, the baby's infections resolved. The symptoms were ear infections; the problem may have been in the spine. It's not about curing symptoms. It's about creating health and watching symptoms go away.
This is always one of the fun questions every student of the body encounters. It's usually followed by imagining each organ and trying to see if the brain is larger than the heart, or if the liver is larger than the brain. Then the questioner drops the answer and usually feels quite satisfied by blowing someone's mind. The SKIN. Hold the phone though. Our smug questioner is still wrong. The FASCIA is the largest organ in the body. Double mind blow.
Three questions arise from this "new" information.
1. What on earth is Fascia?
2. How did scientists miss the largest organ in the body for hundreds of years?
3. Why does it even matter?
Let's tackle these questions.
1. Take a look at the pic below. All of the white material is fascia. In the pic you can see that it holds muscle tissue together. If we were to zoom out, we would see that it wraps around all of the organs, bones, muscles...everything. It is the CONNECTIVE TISSUE. It's what holds your body together.
2. Usually a scalpel is used to cut things apart, but someone finally used it to see how things are connected. In doing so, they found that all of the white and yellow material we had been cutting through and disposing of was all connected and in fact created a huge system of biomechanics.
3. Oh, it matters. Everything you feel is a result of how tight or loose the fascia is. Do you want to drop to your knees and cry in pain when someone rubs out a knot in your shoulders? All those knots, and trigger points are caused by problems in your fascia. Remember, the fascia wraps all of your muscles.
LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! It's time to Foam Roll. I'm going to begin releasing instructional videos on the Formation Youtube page that will show everyone how to methodically relieve those knots, make the fascia move and thereby improve the health of your entire body.
Here's the link:
Image provided by Ronald Thompson.
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There's More To Us Than Meets The Surface
Looking in the mirror has given us one way of seeing our bodies, but how does our brain perceive the body? The answer is Homunculus. Take a look at the pic below. This is how your brain perceives you. The pic only shows one Homunculus, but your brain actually has two. One is for the motor cortex and one is for the sensory cortex. Your brain puts a disproportionate amount of attention on certain parts of the body. Take a look at the pic below and you'll see that the hands and face get the majority of the brain's attention while the legs get much less. The image is made by determining how much of the brain senses parts of your body compared to the whole. For example, the nerves that run from the hands lay claim on large portions of the brain compared to other parts.
The way our brains perceive our bodies plays a huge role in our lives. Keeping your nervous system healthy can have effects that you may not imagine yet. Getting adjusted can literally change the way you see yourself and the world around you.
"According to Neurogenetics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the human body has 95 to 100 billion neurons or nerve cells. The brain alone has at least 85 billion of these cells, although estimates go as high as 1 trillion." It is the most important organ in the body. There is no way to understate the importance of this organ. Let's look at it another way. Stop for a moment and see/feel/hear how many things your body is doing right now. I counted six things that I notice. Seeing, hearing, smelling, sitting, etc. How many things are actually happening in your body right now as you read this? 37 thousand billion billion chemical reactions per second occur in the human body. Per second. Be glad you don't have to think about making sure all of that works. Your nervous system controls it. Almost every cell in your body is under the control of the nervous system. Imagine if you had to consciously maintain your body temperature. We wouldn't get too far. Fortunately, the hypothalamus takes care of that for us.
Image from Body World.
Bones and Nerves
Your body naturally forms a hard casing of bone around your brain and nervous system to protect it from injury. Chiropractors adjust the bones in your spine in order to create a more healthy environment for your nerves. Bones can indirectly place pressure on nerves, and even prevent cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that flows around your brain and nerves) from bringing nutrients to the brain.
With the amount of reactions occurring in your body every second, the body needs to be a precise machine. However, things can and do go wrong in ways that you'll never notice. If an osteoclast (bone-removing cell) begins to devour your bones, it'll take years to decades before the problem becomes apparent. If the muscle cells in your heart begins to thicken, it may be years before the heart attack. For this reason, it's so important to get your spine checked regularly. It builds health in the body. Make getting adjusted a healthy habit.