What is a Subluxation?
According to the original Chiropractic Textbook by Stevenson it is defined as:
“the condition of the vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above or the one below, or both; to an extent less than a luxation; which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses.”
In normal language that means a bone or joint that is not moving correctly, but not totally dislocated, and messing up the information running up and down part of the nervous system.
Why do I care?
Well the main job of our brain, through the nervous system, is to tell the rest of our body how to work together. We have TRILLIONS of cells that make up our body and if they are all doing their own thing, independently taking care of their own needs then our body would fall apart. Each cell in our body has a specific job to do in order for us to be a complete functional unit. It is all about team work! Every team needs a leader. Our brain’s job is to send out all the instructions to each cell and to gather information about what each cell needs. If this information is altered in any way during its sending or receiving then how can things function correctly? Miscommunication leads to dis-ease in coordination leading to dysfunction which leads to disease, suffering and early death (physically, mentally, and/or spiritually.). Proper communication is kind of a big deal!
How do I fix it?
Chiropractors are specially trained to detect the subluxation and help your body correct it. Notice it is you that corrects it, not the Chiropractor. The Chiropractic adjustment is a force added to your body in the right place, time, and direction to stimulate your body to move the bone or joint into a better position. You are the only one who can heal your body but a Chiropractor can help you move out of your own way. Chiropractic is the largest holistic healthcare profession in the world that acknowledges your inner wisdom and gives the power back to you.
What causes subluxations?
In one word, stress. Not all stress but the stress that either overwhelms your system or stress that is misinterpreted as being worse that it actually is, like trying to tell the future and worrying about things you can’t control. According to Chiropractic Philosophy subluxations are causes by our cell’s inability to adapt to one or more of the 3Ts; negative Thoughts, Traumas, Toxins. None of these in and of themselves are bad. Our body is traumatized when we workout, micro-tearing our muscle fibers so our body builds them stronger in the future. Worrying about a big test so we study harder in order to pass. Eating cooked meat so our body can use the protein and eliminate the toxic byproducts of digesting it. But only when we combine these over a too long period of time or in a way that makes our body overwork do they cause subluxations. They occur at a place where our body is already weakened. Some weak areas we inherit from our parents (keep in mind that the science of epigenetics is very clear that the genes we inherit can be turned on or off in response to our environment) others are learned bad habits. Either way the end result is the same, when we abuse our bodies it affects their function. Once we start listening to our bodies, giving them what they need (proper nutrition, exercise, rest and love) and stop mentally, physically, and chemically abusing them, then the stress of life will not only be handled but we will grow stronger from it.
How do I know if I am subluxated?
Are you living a mostly stress free life? Do you live a passionate purposeful life filled with love and joy? Are you living your dreams? Are you eating like you know you should, sleeping like you know you should, and exercising like you know you should? If your answer is no to any or all of these questions then odds are you are subluxated. Subluxations don’t always cause pain, even though most people who seek chiropractic care are looking for pain relief. Pain is usually the bodies last ditch effort to bring your attention to a problem that it has been trying to tell you about for a while. It has been estimated that by the time we feel pain we have already lost 40% function in a certain area. The best way to know if you are subluxated is by getting checked by a chiropractor that you trust.
How often do I need to get adjusted?
As many times as it takes to get you out of the habit of being subluxated. Chiropractors have a bad reputation of once you start getting adjusted you have to keep getting adjusted for the rest of your life. This is completely false. It is the same with dentist wanting you to brush your teeth every day for the rest of your life. You don’t have to! You only need to brush the teeth you want to keep. It is the same with chiropractors, we only need to get the subluxations that we don’t want affecting our health adjusted. If, after the adjustment, we change our lifestyle and stop subluxating ourself then we never need to be adjusted again. Yay!
Unfortunately most people are not willing to make those drastic changes in their lives so they will want lifetime care; however, that is their choice. We can choose to stay subluxated and deal with the consequences by covering up the symptoms for the rest of our life. We can choose to continue to create subluxations by our lifestyle and continue to get adjusted for the rest of our life to compensate for the poor lifestyle choices. However, by far, the best option is to get our current subluxations adjusted then make the lifestyle changes necessary to never overwhelming our system again, thus staying subluxation free and living our life to the fullest. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
33 Principles of Chiropractic
No. 1. The Major Premise
A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.
No. 2. The Chiropractic Meaning of Life
The expression of this intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of life.
No. 3. The Union of Intelligence and Matter
Life is necessarily the union of intelligence and matter.
No. 4. The Triune of Life
Life is a triunity having three necessary united factors, namely, Intelligence, Force and Matter.
No. 5. The Perfection of the Triune
In order to have 100% Life, there must be 100% Intelligence, 100% Force, 100% Matter.
No. 6. The Principle of Time
There is no process that does not require time.
No. 7. The Amount of Intelligence in Matter
The amount of intelligence for any given amount of matter is 100%, and is always proportional to its requirements.
No. 8. The Function of Intelligence
The function of intelligence is to create force.
No. 9. The Amount of Force Created by Intelligence
The amount of force created by intelligence is always 100%.
No. 10. The Function of Force
The function of force is to unite intelligence and matter.
No. 11. The Character of Universal Forces
The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and unadapted, and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.
No. 12. Interference with Transmission of Universal Forces
There can be interference with transmission of universal forces.
No. 13. The Function of Matter
The function of matter is to express force.
No. 14. Universal Life
Force is manifested by motion in matter; all matter has motion, therefore there is universal life in all matter.
No. 15. No Motion without the Effort of Force
Matter can have no motion without the application of force by intelligence.
No. 16. Intelligence in both Organic and Inorganic Matter
Universal Intelligence gives force to both organic and inorganic matter.
No. 17. Cause and Effect
Every effect has a cause and every cause has effects.
No. 18. Evidence of Life
The signs of life are evidence of the intelligence of life.
No. 19. Organic Matter
The material of the body of a “living thing” is organized matter.
No. 20. Innate Intelligence
A “living thing” has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.
No. 21. The Mission of Innate Intelligence
The mission of Innate Intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a “living thing” in active organization.
No. 22. The Amount of Innate Intelligence
There is 100% of Innate Intelligence in every “living thing,” the requisite amount, proportional to its organization.
No. 23. The Function of Innate Intelligence
The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action for mutual benefit.
No. 24. The Limits of Adaptation
Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited by the limitations of matter.
No. 25. The Character of Innate Forces
The forces of Innate Intelligence never injure or destroy the structures in which they work.
No. 26. Comparison of Universal and Innate Forces
In order to carry on the universal cycle of life, Universal forces are destructive, and Innate forces constructive, as regards structural matter.
No. 27. The Normality of Innate Intelligence
Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.
No. 28. The Conductors of Innate Forces
The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nervous system in animal bodies.
No. 29. Interference with Transmission of Innate Forces
There can be interference with the transmission of Innate forces.
No. 30. The Causes of Dis-ease
Interference with the transmission of Innate forces causes incoordination or dis-ease.
No. 31. Subluxations
Interference with transmission in the body is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spinal column.
No. 32. The Principle of Coordination
Coordination is the principle of harmonious action of all the parts of an organism, in fulfilling their offices and purposes.
No. 33. The Law of Demand and Supply
The Law of Demand and Supply is existent in the body in its ideal state; wherein the “clearing house,” is the brain, Innate the virtuous “banker,” brain cells “clerks,” and nerve cells “messengers.”
What is Vitalistic Chiropractic?
Φ Vitalism is the world view based the principle of cause and effect where the effect is noticed by our physical senses but, for the most part, the cause goes unnoticed. Vitalistic Chiropractic is based on acknowledging and working with the intelligence that goes unnoticed by our physical senses. Not the intelligence that makes us smart, but the intelligence that organizes matter. We see the effect of this intelligence, organization, but the intelligence itself is imperceptible.
Φ Chaos does not lead to organization, and in a closed system organization eventually becomes chaotic. Science is just now beginning to scratch the surface of understanding just how organized the universe is. With advances in the fields of non-linier dynamics, quantum physics, computer processing and artificial intelligence we are seeing the organization on different levels that was beyond our sensory understanding. Systems that once seemed chaotic are now showing extremely large and detailed levels of organization that was too complex to be understood without massive amounts of computer processing capability. Since we know that randomness is by definition NOT organized we can then conclude that the universe around us is being organized. The only thing known to create organization is intelligence. Thus we call this Universal Intelligence.
Φ What does this mean to us? It means that life is not random. Since living organisms are organized systems there is a governing intelligence, which if followed, leads to more organization or what we call health and when it is ignored leads to the opposite. Let’s take your body for instance. What is your liver doing right now? What are its chemical needs at this very moment in time? We know that, if you are not in liver failure, our livers are doing thousands of chemical reactions per second involved in detoxification, metabolism, endocrine functions, and more. How is this complex marvel of nature functioning correctly to our needs if we are unaware of how and what it needs to function? The answer is simple; there is a deeper level of intelligence at work and it is not being controlled by our educated conscious intelligence.
Φ Do you remember when you were a single cell right after the moment of conception? How did you build the most complex system in the known universe from a single cell? Well we know one thing; the intelligence that built your body didn’t learn how to do it like we learn with our educated intelligence, by trial and error, otherwise you would have had to build and rebuild your body after extensive testing and failure. No, the intelligence you used was complete and knowledgeable. It was innate, or inborn, to your body even as a single cell. This intelligence started working at the moment the universe came into existence and you are the height if that intellectual unfolding process. We will call this Innate Intelligence.
Φ Since you have this Innate Intelligence you don’t need any help getting healthy. You have done and are doing what no scientist or doctor can do out side of their own bodies, creating cells from scratch. Healing physically happens by one single means, the reparation or replacement of living cells. You don’t need help. What you need is no interference. Any interference between your cells and the communication from your Innate Intelligence creates dis-ease of organization resulting in dysfunction. Vitalistic chiropractors have one job, to remove the interference in communication between your Innate Intelligence and your body. Thus, creating ease of organization and ultimately, putting you back in control of your health and life. This is done through a specific chiropractic adjustment.
Φ The nervous system is THE MASTER SYSTEM of the body communicating instructions to all other body parts on how to adapt and organize properly. It is command central for Innate Intelligence. This system made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves utilizes (among other things) electricity to communicate information. As we know electricity, as with all forms of energy, always follows the pathway of least resistance. Any interference in the form of physical tension from the joints or surrounding osseous structures on the nerve tissue, what we call a subluxation, will distort the information being sent. The specific chiropractic adjustment is applied to maintain the mechanical integrity of the spine and underlying nervous system thus ensuring that the Innate Intelligence of the body has no trouble in organizing the body to its highest potential.
Φ At the point where our Innate Intelligence is organizing our body without interference, surviving becomes as much a focus of our consciousness as our liver function. Our conscious minds are then free to do what they do best, focus on THRIVING! Living our lives freely, passionately and with purpose we uplift ourselves and everyone around us benefiting all of society. It is this place that vitalistic chiropractic strives to bring society one spine at a time. We invite your curiosity to explore the freedom of being 100% completely yourself with no interference.