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Are You Adapting?
What Is Adaptation?
Have you ever coughed or sneezed? Did you ever have a fever? Do you sweat when hot? Shiver when cold? Do you get out of breath after you run? Do you get hungry? Thirsty? Do you run from danger?
What Are These Questions About?
Adaptation. Adaptation is your ability to respond to changes in the environment physically and mentally, internally, and externally to maintain your balance or homeostasis (a word coined by the great American Physiologist Walter Cannon. (1))
Adaptation is terribly complex and can involve all your organ systems. Therefore, it is of supreme importance. Your ability or inability to adapt can make the difference between health and sickness, even life and death.
Some of the ways you adapt are by ridding your body of toxins (coughing, sneezing, fever) other ways you adapt is by utilizing oxygen and food for energy, digestion, ridding your body of wastes, and hundreds if not thousands of other day-to-day functions you probably don’t think about. You don’t have to. Your body’s wisdom takes care of your many needs. Simply put, the better you can adapt to change, the better off you are in every aspect of your life.
Why Is Your Nervous System Important?
The goal of chiropractic is to locate and correct subluxations to release stress from your nervous system. Why is that important?
Your Very Important Nervous System
Without it, you’d be in the ultimate sensory deprivation tank – not be able to connect with anything or anyone not seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, or moving. You’d be completely alone inside yourself. It’s your connection to your inner and outer worlds – to all your body parts. You need it so all your body parts (billions and trillions of them) will work together in a coordinated, harmonious manner.
Your nervous system is made up of your brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, and more! You’ve got billions of nerve fibers – and they make up the most powerful communications system in the universe – and it’s inside you.
A healthy nervous system is needed for your entire body and mind to work at its optimum. A subluxation is a distortion in your body structure and stresses your nervous system, and interferes with its function. This interference can cause disease (body-mind-energy malfunction), and dis-ease can, in time, result in disease. Your Doctor of Chiropractic is an expert at locating and correcting (adjusting) subluxations helping your nerve system/communications system function without interference. The result is an improved function in every system of your body.
What Are Your Resolutions?
This is the time of the year many of us set and forget resolutions we made to improve ourselves. More exercise? Meditation/, Lose weight?
A fascinating way to get rid of a bad habit is not to try to change it: just observe it. You might find this amazing, but just observing a bad habit without judgment can be very healing.
The key is not to judge yourself! Accept yourself and love yourself, and you’ll tap into healing potential. Be good to yourself. You are human and have weaknesses and strengths. Accept yourself. You were put on this earth for a reason even if you don’t know why,
Is it really possible to change a habit? According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. So be patient with yourself. (1) Accept yourself as you are, and you’ll release lots of energy and have more and more healing.
The great thing is that you can start right now! A little self-acceptance and compassion go a long, long way.
Get Some Sun
The Benefits of Sunlight
Want better sleep and a better mood? Get some sun. What is more natural than sunlight? When the sun is out, try to get as much of it as you can. Go for a walk (especially with friends). Numerous studies show that sunlight is good for your natural circadian rhythm, so you’ll feel sleepier at night and feel more awake during the day.
All energy on earth (except for volcanoes) is from the sun. All life on the surface of our planet depends on sunlight. A new study has found that getting enough natural sunlight each day could help reduce insomnia and improve mood. This study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and involved over 400,000 people.
The coauthor Sean Cain writes: “In this study, we observed that the greater time spent in outdoor light during the day was associated with fewer depressive symptoms, lower odds of using antidepressant medication, better sleep, and fewer symptoms of insomnia.”
Greater time in outdoor light was also associated with lowered odds of lifetime major depressive disorder and better outcomes across a range of mood and sleep measures. Additionally, too much light at night throws off your circadian (day-night) rhythm. So stop staring at artificial screens late at night. (1)
7 Essential Oils for the Holidays
When the Holiday season is approaching, turn to Aromatherapy to add to the ambiance. Here are some ideal Essential Oils to enhance your home as you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa this year.
Peppermint Essential Oil provides a boost of energy when you need it. Peppermint is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory. This means that it may help reduce pain caused by headaches, tight muscles, and upset stomachs. Its menthol component also helps to open congested airways.
Used as an ingredient in many favorite treats, Cinnamon provides a cozy sense of warmth and comfort. Additionally, Cinnamon can encourage a physical feeling of warmth as well. For example, adding a drop to a Winter massage may help heat the skin and the soul.
This Essential Oil helps to create a pleasant and secure emotional state of being. As for physical benefits, we love that Ginger is incredible for digestion. If Thanksgiving indulgences have pushed your tummy to the limit, apply Ginger with a carrier oil to the stomach and massage in a circular motion to help relieve nausea and indigestion.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic care is made up of two parts. First, a subluxation, a physical distortion causing nerve interference or stress, is located in a person’s body. This is done using various instruments and tools that may range from the highly sophisticated, such as X-rays and MRIs, to the relatively simple (body measurement and multiple tests). In the hands of an expert, a simple tool can be very accurate.
Now comes the specialized procedure to correct, release or (the most commonly used word) adjust the patient’s subluxation. This is done to undistort the distortion in a person, correct the hidden stress, and release nerve stress. There are many chiropractic adjustment techniques; over 100 are taught today.
Typically, the adjustment involves introducing force or energy to the part of the body where the subluxation resides to unlock it, to put the part in motion so that the body will reposition the offending part.
An adjustment may take a moment, but its beneficial effects may be lifelong.