Healing the Body

getting betterI take all the struggles in the world a bit too personally because I do believe that none of us is insulated from the pain, that we are all connected to each other.  When I look at the world and try to see it as the body of Christ, I see so many wounds in need of healing.  I see the different parts of the body fighting for supremacy and importance.  I am reminded of what Paul said in the first letter of Corinthians: “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, let all parts share its joy”.  So, a midst a tumultuous and suffering world, part of my regimen of zen is to take stock of the things that cause suffering, but also those things that I can honor and celebrate.  In so doing I can be more effective in creating peace and balance, not only for myself but the world.

While I realize that I am just one person, I also know I am only as effective as I believe I can be.  I know how easy it is to give into despair and hopelessness given all that bad that happens every day.  The past paralysis of my face is a good metaphor (almost fully healed, by the way).  When one gets too immersed in the pain in the world, and I see it every day as part of my job, it’s easy to turn to an isolated insular state of existence.  That is what Paul commands us not to do.  So, I breathe, take in some quiet and look to the healing that I’m surrounded by every day.  Since it feels like I am at our clinic all the time, it’s easy to for me to be immersed in the function and bypass the miracles that happen here each and every day.  We are blessed to have an amazing group of patients who are already keyed into the magic that happens at our clinic.  Some you out there may have heard of us, some have not.  But I do know it is a true center of healing and wellness in the world.

I know there are plenty of testimonials on Steve’s blog, which you can link to from this site as well as on his  you tube channel.  I would have linked them all, but for some reason, I couldn’t embed the links into this post.  All I know, is that Edling Chiropractic is an incredible place of healing in a world that too often, puts cost and convenience above health.  I am surrounded by the many lives our clinic has touched every day, and I know there are countless more that we could help.  I am grateful to Steve for patiently working on my autoimmune issues and bringing my smile back.  I am grateful for all the successes we see each and every day, and the wonderful people who are committed to their health.  As many of you have been challenged to do on Facebook, being grateful abates the overwhelming despair that works so hard to take over our lives and wreck havoc on the body.  I am lucky to be part of Edling Chiropractic, and proud of the work Dr Edling does.  My smile is proof.




Spinal Health

spineHow many of you brush your teeth every day and get regular dental checkups, or visit your doctor for yearly physical and wellness check ups?  It is common sense in this day and age, as a part of responsible living to do so.  But what about your spine?  There are 33 vertebrae that compose the spine: 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar and 5 fused sacral vertebrae and 4 fused coccygeal vertebrae.  These bony structures house the spinal cord which is the main pathway of information from your brain to every nerve in your body.  When there is a misalignment of the spine that impinges these nerves, it will affect the ability of your brain to communicate to every organ of your body.  It is mind-boggling to me, then, why people don’t make regular adjustments part of their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

Bypassing a long and often contentious history between traditional medicine and chiropractic, these are important facts: the immune competence of people who get regular adjustments are 200% better than those who do not receive chiropractic care, and double that for people who have cancer or other serious diseases.  The World Health Organization states that “when applied skillfully and appropriately, chiropractic care is safe and effective for the prevention and management of a number of health problems.”  There are more and more studies that demonstrate its safety and effectiveness.  http://www.acatoday.org/level3_css.cfm?T1ID=13&T2ID=61&T3ID=150

One of the most frustrating parts of my job is trying to explain to someone who can’t understand why, that when they simply bent over to pick up something, their back went out.  Think of it this way, your body will adapt beautifully…until it can’t, kind of like the straw that broke the camels back.  Symptoms are the last thing to show up, and usually the first to go.  So, when someone says, can’t you just crack it once and put it back?  We say to them, it took a long time for your spine, connecting ligaments, muscles etc. to get this way, it won’t reverse overnight.  Do you where braces for one day? or better yet, take them off when the teeth appear straight?  No, bones have a memory, and take a while to adjust.  Would you only brush you teeth once and think you’re done?, or avoid getting a physical because you don’t feel bad?  Of course you wouldn’t…that would be foolish.  Sadly, though, sometimes the problem can’t be fixed, just like teeth decay over years and our body’s systems deteriorate from neglect.  Some teeth have to be pulled, people die from sickness and for the spine, surgery may be the last resort.

Both my husband and I would love it, if the process was easier.  But when you neglect your spine for years, whether it be from simple ignorance or laziness, it isn’t the fault of the doctor when it can’t be magically fixed overnight.  While we have great sympathy for people who, when they see the x-rays of their spine for the first time and, range from startled to horrified by what they see, one or two adjustments won’t magically put the spine back into alignment.  It takes time and commitment, and a great mind and hands…which my husband has ;).  As much as we want you to get your health back, success depends on how well you work with your doctor and follow through…every nerve in your body depends on spinal health.

Most of our practice is wellness oriented.  Most practice members have realized over time, that while they may have started chiropractic care because of an acute problem, they stay because when regular adjustments are a part of their lives, they feel better, get sick far less and have learned a plethora of information through our clinic of how to continue to live a healthy life.  Our classes are free because we want to change the paradigm…from sickness base health to wellness health.  Give your spine the time!  Visit your chiropractor.