“Better than 90% of the brain’s output is directed towards maintaining your body in its gravitational field (i.e. balance). Therefore, the less energy one spends on one’s posture, the more energy is available for healing, digestion and thinking.”
— Roger Sperry, 1981 Nobel Prize winner for brain research
WHY DOES A CAR NEED TO BE ALIGNED?
The car’s alignment, or balance, is essential to the health, or longevity of the car. Can a car run without being aligned? Of course, but one or two of the tires then take more stress from the road and their tread wears out more quickly than the others.
So then, why do we as people need balance? Unlike the car, we are living creatures, but we are still under the same physical stresses. Accidents, injuries, and various stressors throughout our lives can tear loose the connective tissue that holds our spinal joints together. In an effort to keep the head centered over the neck, the body will compensate and move into an imbalanced, locked, and stressed position. When the body’s core, the spine, is not balanced, then the weight of the body is unequally distributed to certain parts of the body making them wear out prematurely. This imbalance shows up with one of the legs being longer or shorter, one hip higher or lower, one shoulder higher or lower, more weight (leaning) on one side of the body, twisting of the body framework, muscular imbalance, abnormal movement, and over time progressive wear and tear.
POSTURAL DISTORTION ALWAYS PRECEDES ILL HEALTH
If distortions are not corrected, this lack of proper movement of the spine creates spinal decay and rots your spine. The long-term effect is degeneration (wear & tear) of that part of the body serviced by restricted messages, resulting in mild to severe pain, lowered resistance to illness, behavioral changes, organ dysfunction, loss of mobility in limbs, and ultimately ill health. Keep in mind, the onset of symptoms and onset of problems are rarely the same, and ill health left long enough leads to symptoms.
Upper cervical chiropractic care aims to take stress off the spine and allows the spine to regain flexibility, muscles to relax, hips & legs to balance, and damaging stress to the nervous system to be reduced. This allows your body to absorb and respond to stressors better, and ultimately raises your resistance.
Every spine under stress undergoes a certain amount of limitations, and at Health Edge, our job is to get that under control, so an individual has a better path to more health and sustainable wellness!
You are not a stack of bones balanced atop each other like a tower, but more like a balloon which holds its shape in perfect tension or a position of tensegrity. The word tensegrity essentially means “tone”. Similar to the “tone” of your guitar strings, the body’s postural muscles need proper “tone” just like the guitar, in order to “sound” and work efficiently.
The body is perfectly created to run efficiently when it’s in balance and this position is the platform for health. Without this balanced, upright and open posture, the body cannot heal itself inside and out, and optimal health cannot be realized.
In a position of tensegrity and proper tone, the body’s cells, tissues, organs, joints, muscles and nerves work in perfect harmony to create & sustain health. If this harmony is disrupted through injury or stress, the body will attempt to heal itself or adapt to its new condition by compensating. Unfortunately, it can only compensate for so long before pain and ill health set in. This is your body’s way of telling you it’s in trouble and needs help.