We will be closed Saturday July 4th in observance of our Independence so Get Checked before the fireworks!
I will also be out of town Friday July 24th-26th for "Bluegill Hunting" with my father-in-law in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
What's the difference between "Spiritual fishing" and "Physical fishing"??
Spiritual fishing requires catching and releasing. Physical fishing requires catching and EATING! :)
Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
- Matthew 4:19
Chiropractic Orientation Classes: Class is not mandatory but HIGHLY recommended FOR EVERYONE to completely understand Chiropractic Wellness.
(Congrats to those who have attended!)
Chiropractic Orientation Class is Every Tuesday at 7pm and Saturday at Noon.
Thank YOU ALL for your continued RYFing!!!
ChiropracTIC and the Swiss Army Knife: Miracles and Gratitude
As a ten year old boy, I asked for a Swiss army knife for Christmas. To my delight, I received one! I was so thrilled--it had everything I THOT I needed... a knife, screwdriver, file, spoon, fork, corkscrew, scissors -- This knife HAD. IT. ALL!
However, I quickly found that the knife's extensive array of tools actually resulted in it being very INEFFECTIVE and could not do much of anything. You could not cut much with it, it was VERY difficult to eat with, the file did absolutely nothing, the scissors were awful, it was impossible to "screw drive" anything into anything, etc... Although it sounded like an IDEAL "tool", I soon gave it away to one of my friends because I found it more FRUSTRATING than USEFUL.
Eight years later I received a single blade buck knife, while working on Pearce Farms, which I still have to this day. Although the single blade buck knife could ONLY cut, it was AMAZING at cutting! It cut EVERYTHING from bale string to plastic boxes. It even cut off the sleeves of my shirt when the day got too hot.
All of those tools in the Swiss Army knife are valuable and beneficial tools, BUT when you COMBINE them together, each one loses it's individual effectiveness. If this was the knife given to the Swiss Army, its no wonder they are known as "neutral peacemakers" -- they have INEFFECTIVE weapons!
This reminds me of A LOT of modern day Chiropractic practices -- Docs add a little of "this" and some of "that" --- THINKING: "The more services, the more products, the more variety of STUFF is better for the patient". I would say that a lot of those services probably do have "some" benefit, but when you meld them together under one heading/roof, they each lose their effectiveness as well as the PRIMARY PURPOSE -- (to DETECT and CORRECT Subluxations). Nutrition counseling, fancy weight loss scams, traction tables, x-rays, re-exam after re-exam, Core Scores, scans, posture exercises, rehab, stretching, etc. severely limit the PRIMARY PURPOSE of ChiropracTIC JUST AS all the extra tools on a Swiss Army knife make it awkward and often ineffective to be used as a knife.
The desire for principled ChiropracTIC is NOT to deny the proper place of other natural and beneficial procedures BUT rather, allow the single bladed edge of ChiropracTIC to fulfill it's PRIMARY PURPOSE -- Detect and Correct Subluxations!
Should you exercise (Move Well)? Absolutely!
Should you eat clean (Eat Well)? Yes!
Should you pray often (Think Well)? That's a no-brainer!
Although none of it is ChiropracTIC -- it is still very beneficial and should be heavily considered as part of your "Wellness Cycle" ---> explained in Orientation Class.
July's Message: Miracles and Gratitude
A video has been circulating on Facebook and YouTube of a teenager struck with acute pain for 4 months with extreme kyphosis (hunched over) and a dead leg.
If you have 11 mins please watch the link above and THEN continue reading...
Here are my THOTS on the video and HOPES to bring chiropracTIC "full-circle" so you all can see the "BIG IDEA" -- as chiropracTIC calls it.
1. Chiropractic is pretty awesome! It's the largest healing profession in the world that involves "the laying on of hands".
2. Were any of the other family members (the Dad in the video) brought under chiropractic care? If not, then I believe there was a HUGE breakdown in communicating the chiropractic principles... Most likely because of the lack of orientation class.
3. Cases like this are what we call, in chiropractic, a "noisy miracle". This boy was unable to stand up straight, go to school, get around, sleep... he was unable to live his LIFE.... and in a few adjustments (given with skill, care, respect, etc.) he was able to get off the ropes of "Dis-ease", sickness and suffering TO functioning better, with more "ease" and without symptoms in a short period of time -- he was healing!
Here's the first question that went through my head after watching the video: "Were those few adjustments more powerful or more important than any few adjustments given to any single non-symptomatic practice member in this office?"
Example: Little Johnny comes into the office for his weekly visit, like he has been doing since his parents started bringing him when he was an infant. I check his spine for evidence of subluxation. This time, NO subluxation is present, so he hops off the table, gives me a high-5, tosses his face paper into the basketball-garbage hoop and I say, "see you next week!"
Chiropractically, which visit is bigger or more important?? Muntathar's (the boy in the video) or Johnny's?
Helping someone to get off the ropes of pain and debilitation is a noble and magnanimous, no doubt. It's also flashy and dramatic... It captures attention and really pulls on your heartstrings. As well it should! It's a "noisy miracle".
BUT if you were to step back and look at the bigness of LIFE in a chiropractic sense, you should see and understand (hopefully) that a "noisy miracle" is really not much more than a FAINT ECHO, when you compare it to the "silent miracles" we experience EVERYDAY, with practice members living their entire LIFE unsubluxated, or as close to it as possible.
Unfortunately, living an unsubluxated life is BORING compared to the "noisy miracles". Let's face it... they don't make prime time TV shows that are based on consistent, vibrant, vigorous health with life unfolding interference-free just as God designed it. People, even most chiropractors, don't see the "silent miracles" as heroic or uplifting... and they definitely don't pull on your heartstrings.
This is the MAJOR responsibility of a chiropractor (which is why I state in orientation class, "The most important thing I do in this office is TEACH THIS CLASS")... one who truly understands the basic principle of human design, one who delivers a specific (force) adjustment to the spine to release any hindrance of flow of LIFE from the brain to the body and is also one who introduces designed forces into the MIND of the PUBLIC so they fully understand the "Big Idea". Health comes from INSIDE-OUT! Not outside-in.
When chiropractors fail to do that, then the public ends up interpreting and understanding chiropractic falsely. The public will then perceive chiropractic as "whatever fits into their own current model of what they SEE and FEEL". The public will be in search of "chiropractic noisy miracles" -- and when they don't SEE or FEEL them, they will be disappointed.
Luke 17: 11-19 When Jesus went to Jerusalem He passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee. There He entered a village and was met by 10 men who had leprosy. They pleaded for Jesus to heal them (a "noisy miracle"). Jesus told the 10 men with leprosy what to do, they did it (OBEYED), and they were HEALED of leprosy (If having a disease that affects your skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discoloration and lumps on your skin and, in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities AND THEN being HEALED is not a "noisy miracle" by definition then I don't know what is! ;) )
Afterwards, all 10 men left.... BUT one man returned to "give thanks". Jesus asked the man, "Were there not 10 that were healed?!? Where are the other 9?"
Jesus then told this lone man (previously a leper), "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you WELL."
According to the scriptures, we don't know exactly what happened to the man when he was "made WELL".
To the naked eye it was probably less amazing, less of a "noisy miracle" than when he and the 9 others were healed of their skin falling off and limb-disfigurement BUT the message to take from this previously Dis-eased Samaritan is he returned to give God thanks! And when he did, he was "made WELL" -- A "silent miracle" that many (9 out of 10) forget to GIVE GOD THANKS for and ultimately MISS OUT ON.
Remember when you had constant low back PAIN, DIGESTIVE issues, constant MIGRAINES, your child had ALLERGIES, was given the diagnosis ADHD, or they couldn't SPEAK because they've been battling autism, and now they CAN TALK?! -- God healed you!
Have YOU returned to Thank Him??
In Health and Faith,
With Love and Appreciation,
See you in 7-10 days!
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