Healthy Beginnings

Is Your Health Care Total Body Care?

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Total body care is when a doctor looks at your body as a whole system, not just the one part of the body he or she thinks is having a problem.

Most people don’t realize that our bodies are intertwined with our brain, organs, immune system, muscles, ligaments, foods we eat, and emotions, to name a few. How many times have you heard of people who felt “just fine,” then: they had a heart attack, or found out they had cancer, or had bad tooth pain out of the blue, or woke up and could hardly move due to low back pain or spinal pain?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system for evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts. Much of the improper signaling that occurs in functional health problems is a result of improper balance of the nervous system, organ systems and muscular system. With AK techniques, advances have been made in this functional evolution. Corrections are directed toward nutritional supplementation, glandular function, neurological function, muscle balancing and sometimes the mental aspect, such as an imbalance in hormones or nutrition of health.

Nerves are like electrical cords that carry information from the brain to the rest of the body and vice-versa. They are distributed throughout the entire body. When a nerve is pinched, the signal is interrupted somewhere along its path, like a traffic jam. A pinched nerve in the spine occurs when one of the delicate spinal nerves is compressed by nearby structures, such as a herniated disc, a bone spur, muscles or other soft tissues.

The spinal cord travels through the bony structure of the spine, and spinal nerves branch off the cord at each vertebral level. According to the Mayo Clinic, any pressure on a nerve causes inflammation and irritation, leading to a variety of symptoms. If the pressure is relieved, proper nerve function can return, but if pressure is allowed to continue, irreversible damage may occur.

Pain does not necessarily accompany all pinched nerves, but it is common. Numbness, or decreased sensation in the area the pinched nerve supplies, is one of the most common symptoms encountered. Each muscle and organ in the body is activated by a nerve or set of nerves. When the nerve supply to them is compressed, information is not able to travel appropriately, and the result is muscle weakness, associated spasms, dysfunction, or disease.

Way back in 1921, Dr. Henry Winsor was intrigued by patients who returned to health using chiropractic or osteopathic spinal care. The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out experiments to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organs.

As he wrote, in a series of three studies, he dissected a total of 75 human and 22 cat cadavers. The following are Dr. Winsor’s results: Of the 221 diseased organs, “212 were observed to belong to the same sympathetic nerve segments as the vertebrae in curvature … these figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide … for an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments.”

In other words, Dr. Winsor found a nearly 100 percent correlation between “minor curvatures” of the spine and disease of the internal organs. Some of the diseases and their related spinal or vertebral segments are: heart, lung, stomach, liver, pancreas, spleen, kidney, prostate and bladder disease, as well as gallstones and uterine conditions.

So, take your health SERIOUSLY and don’t just treat the symptoms. If you don’t fix or get to the root cause of the real problem, it will come back or create other problems. This body of yours is, or should be, one of your most valuable things you have, but most of us misuse it and then wonder why it starts to fail us or not work right.

Now is the time to start taking better care of this gift you have and look at it as a total body system, so it can function at its best for you while you’re on planet Earth. Remember, your alignment is essential to your health; it is to your benefit to utilize professional care for it.

Dr. Tony C. Jensen is a Reno-based chiropractor who is board certified in the state of Nevada. Visit www.aetchiropractic.com to learn more.

References:

  1. medicinenet.com “Pinched Nerve Overview
  2. livestrong.com “The Effects of a Pinched Nerve”
  3. korenpublications.com “The Winsor Autopsies”