POSTURE IS A WINDOW INTO A PERSON’S HEALTH

Upper Cervical misalignment = Poor Posture = Poor Health

1. Is your posture poor? Do you have rounded shoulders and/or forward head posture? Does your head feel heavy to hold?

2. Is your head tilted to one side and/or your head rotated to one side when you look in a mirror? This can be really subtle.

3. Does your nose or nasal septum deviate to one side? If so, you may find that it deviates towards the side to which your atlas has moved anterior (e.g. nose deviates to the left; then atlas is anterior on the left)

4. Is one of your shoulders lower than the other? Pull your shoulders back and down and look carefully for one lower than the other. Again it can be subtle.

5. Press firmly but gently with your thumb into the impression just below your skull at the top of your neck on both sides (see picture). This is known as the sub-occipital area. Find the base of your skull and press the soft flesh around that area. Is this tender or painful for you?

6. Do you have some shoulder and/or neck pain/aches, which don’t seem to go away?

7. Does your jaw click when you use it, open it to eat etc. Further check on this; Put your pinkies (little fingers) into your ear canals and chew normally. Do you feel a bumpy dislocation like feeling? This should be a smooth action in your joints.

8. Do you have any lower back pain or mid back pain (under the shoulder blades) niggles?

9. Can you move your head from side to side without pain or restriction? Is there a loss of Range of Motion (ROM)?

10. Do you have any sand paper, clicking or crunching sounds when moving your head from side to side in a ‘NO’ action? (i.e. cervical crepitus)

11. Is your hearing a problem or do you have other ear symptoms (e.g. tinnitus, watery sounds, blockages, vertigo, Meniere’s Disease, otalgia, recurrent
ear infections)?

12. Do you often get headaches or migraines?

13. Can you remember any trauma (even minor) to the head, neck or shoulders?

14. Was your birth difficult?

15. How’s your vision? – Sensitive to light, especially at dusk, floaters?

16. Do you experience any dizziness, vertigo or movement sensations (i.e. loss of proprioception)? Does the ground seem to move away from you?

17. Do you experience any tingling and burning sensations especially in fingers and toes?

18. Do you have confirmed Scoliosis of the spine, from x-rays? Do you have one leg shorter than the other or is your pelvis higher on one side?

19. Have you had any x-rays, CT scans or MRIs taken of your cervical spine (neck)? Do these reveal loss of cervical lordosis (neck curve), even a small
amount?…

THE SECRET TO HIGH VIBRANCY!

“Get the big idea and all else follows.”
B.J. Palmer, D.C.



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THE BIRTH OF CHIROPRACTIC 9/18/1895

On September 18, 1895, D.D. Palmer was working late in his office when a janitor, Harvey Lillard, began working nearby. A noisy fire engine passed by outside the window and Palmer was surprised to see that Mr. Lillard didn’t react at all. He approached the man and tried to strike up a conversation. He soon realized Mr. Lillard was deaf.

Patiently, Palmer managed to communicate with the man, and learned that he had normal hearing for most of his life. However, he had been over in a cramped, stooping position, and felt something “pop” in his back. When he stood up, he realized he couldn’t hear. Palmer deduced that the two events — the popping in his back and the deafness — had to be connected.

He ran his hand carefully down Lillard’s spine and felt one of the vertebra was not in its normal position. “I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored,” he wrote in his notes afterward. “With this object in view, a half hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever, and soon the man could hear as before.”

Harvey Lillard reported in the January 1897 issue of The Chiropractic that:

”I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.” Harvey Lillard, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa, (Palmer 1897).

Word of Palmer’s success in “curing” deafness traveled fast. Soon people with deafness from across the country were awaiting his miraculous treatment. Although he had some success in helping those with deafness he soon realized that many other conditions were benefiting from the same treatment. Over the succeeding months, patients came to Palmer with every conceivable problem, including flu, sciatica, migraine headaches, stomach complaints, epilepsy and heart trouble.


D.D. Palmer found each of these conditions responded well to the adjustments which he was calling “hand treatments.” Later with the help of Reverend Samuel Weed they coined the term chiropractic — from the Greek words, Chiro, meaning (hand) and practic, meaning (practice or operation). He renamed his clinic the Palmer School and Infirmary of Chiropractic. In 1898, he accepted his first students.

Although he never used drugs, under Palmer’s care fevers broke, pain ended, infections healed, vision improved, stomach disorders disappeared, and of course, hearing returned.

Often surprised at the effectiveness of his adjustments, D.D. Palmer returned to his studies …

ADJUST YOUR SPINE FOR MAXIMUM STRENGTH

In building…engineering technology, there’s a concept called PRE-LOADING which refers to a PRE-EXISTING TENSION within a BEAM about to be STRESSED.
In human technology, think of your SPINE, as an organic PRE-LOADED beam, about to be stressed by THE STRESSES OF LIFE… from a physical and mental standpoint.

If you are going to cook your spine throughout the day in a rounded/ hunched over position, do yourself a favor by re-setting your spine back to its optimal PRE-LOADED state so you can be energy efficient and stress-strain free.

That is why it is essential to mold the curves of the spine with either specific yoga poses like cobra or sphinx or with corrective chiropractic postural devices…everyday.

THE LINES OF LIFE

Fortune tellers read the life line in the palm of a client’s hand. Cardiologists interpret the blipping life lines of a patient’s EKG. But Chiropractors dedicate their work to the most important life line of them all… the spinal cord and its protective covering, the spine.

The spine itself is an engineering marvel. Made up of articulating bones called vertebrae, each segment lines up perfectly with the next to provide both support to your body and protection to the spinal cord. It’s this critical relationship between spinal alignment and the flow of Life through the spinal cord that Chiropractors are devoted to. Distort the alignment of the spine and you distort the flow of Life through the cord. Distort the flow of Life through the cord and you distort the expression of health in your body.

For a Chiropractor, smooth lateral curves and plumb postures are more than just simple diagnostic findings. They’re the validation that Life is flowing freely through the patient like a river. And as long as Life courses through the line, healing is sure to follow.…

YOUR LIFELINE DEPENDS ON IT!


Degenerative changes of the spine can invade the spinal canal.
That’s a vital point, because in addition to the spinal cord, the spinal canal also contains the accessory drainage system of the brain. Degenerative changes in the neck can decrease the drainage capacity of the brain during upright posture, which could lead to a back up of fluids and metabolic waste activity.

In English, degenerative conditions caused by advanced vertebral subluxation of the cervical spine, especially the upper cervical spine and base of the skull, can affect blood flow into and out of the brain.

To optimize your circulatory and cerebrospinal fluid flow entering and existing the brain…get checked by your chiropractor! Your lifeline depends on it!…