April 2015 Newsletter
WOW! Time has flew! It feels like it was just yesterday I was writing March's Newsletter. I don't know about you but I'm tired of all the "shoveluxations" and "plowluxations". Enough snow already! I'm ready for Spring to officially begin!
The Perfect Storm Workshop will be here at TWP Tuesday April 21 from 7-8:30 --- We will uncover the hidden CAUSES of childhood illness with an emphasis on Autism and the Chiropractic approach to help these kiddos. If you know a parent who has a special needs child we'd LOVE for you to attend the Workshop with them. If you are a NEW parent or soon-to-be parent, this is a MUST ATTEND EVENT!
(WARNING!! Orientation Class was the 101 version of chiropractic, The Perfect Storm is the PhD version of chiropractic BUT I promise to have it ALL make sense before you leave)
Next, I want to clear up some confusion about being OUT of alignment (subluxated) and what it means to be put back IN. You see, the opposite of being OUT of alignment is not being put back IN alignment. If that was my goal then I'd just refer you all to an orthopedic surgeon and have him/her fuse your spine "IN alignment" so it would be "IN LINE" FOREVER. That's crazy thinking... because if you did that YOU would become very SICK very QUICK.
Our goal is to bring subluxated vertebrae that are STUCK OUT (not moving) and bring them back IN MOTION. In other words, in chiropractic, the opposite of "OUT" is "IN MOTION". As I mention in Orientation Class, the "misalignment" portion of a Subluxation is the least important of the 3 components:
1. Misaligned vertebra
2. Which then the vertebrae become "stuck"
3. Which then CAUSES the nervous system to be "stuck" in a higher state of stress "fight or flight".
When this occurs, 2 things happen:
1. Joints don't move properly and become ARTHRITIC
2. It causes DELAYED HEALING because the "fight or flight" switch is activated.
Last thought for me -- I think I realized this week why so many chiropractors get discouraged when their practice members tell them where they need to be adjusted.
They'll say, "Adjust me right there because it hurts right there." Or they'll say, "Nope... you didn't get it. I still hurt, it's still there." Deep down chiropractors are shaking their heads wondering what they did wrong. Wondering if they explained chiropractic correctly in Orientation Class, IF they even have an orientation class and some might even be thinking, "NOPE... it is YOU that didn't get IT" and blame the patient for their lack of understanding of the science of chiropractic.
I often wondered why my colleagues had so many complaints about patients leaving chiropractic care after they started to "feel better"...and then it dawned on me... Their patients "order" adjustments like it comes off a Chinese Menu... "I'll take a C4 from column A for my right shoulder and lower neck. A T5 for my gallbladder and an L1 from column B for my large intestine and left knee."
People have come to think chiropractors are "Construction Workers" for the spine. They think we hammer down vertebra so they are "IN" because they were "OUT" and if the chiropractor puts it back "IN" then they should be immediately "OUT" of pain. There is a reason that doesn't work. It is because chiropractors are more like ELECTRICIANS than Construction Workers. We can't "hammer" bones back into position in a second and have health restored quickly or have pain diminish in an instant. We work subtly by slowly turning the dimmer switch from dim to bright. Often, (more often than not), when a person first calls or visits The Wellness Pointe for the first time, their dimmer switch is nearly off. They are badly subluxated -- they are a very DIM light. When we make an adjustment, we turn the dimmer switch as much as we can and "voila!" More electricity gets from the brain to the dim tissue cells. It is usually not completely "bright" (healthy) but the difference CAN be "blinding". They are once again illuminated but not as bright as they can be.
Therein lies the problem. Since change was so dramatic, they think they are "instantly healed" and if they did not pick up the MESSAGE fully in ORIENTATION class (or worse yet, they haven't attended), they think they never have to come back and it will never go "OUT" again. But when muscle memory and STRESS puts them "OUT" again, they are MAD at me (or their chiropractor for not putting it IN all the way). We have to stand their and listen to them say, "Why is my pain back?", "You didn't fix it all the way!", or "This time adjust it all the way so it stays fixed!" Or in other words, "You're a lousy Construction Worker!"
Chiropractors are NOT construction workers for spines. We are ELECTRICIANS for the body. Natural forces are destructive, around us ALL the time and come in 3 different "flavors" (thoughts, traumas, toxins). When theses natural forces are GREATER than the forces inside your body attempting to RESIST, ADAPT and MAINTAIN in balance/homeostasis then the system inside (nervous system) Subluxates -- or blows a fuse -- which then, in turn, causes less electrical flow from the brain to the tissue/organ.
The job for chiropractors (electricians) is to remove the interference to the electrical flow and restore the communication so the WHOLE body can be as BRIGHT as possible.
No offense to the construction workers out there and sorry for making light of political non-sense BUT I love being a self-employed, non-union ELECTRICIAN.
Give your body the "right to work" with Chiropractic! ;) SMILE and have a LITTLE fun!
See you all this week! Enjoy LIFE Subluxation-Free!
Chad Schleiger, D.C.
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