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Yesterday, I woke up with a stiff neck that hurt every time I turned my head or raised my arms. Time to go to the chiropractor with great urgency right?
What if I said, "No?"
Typically people get adjusted when they are in pain and that is fine. We are human and pain happens.
But the "die-hard" chiro that I am, I know chiropractic is not for pain. It is for healing energy.
If you want to heal well, get adjusted. If you want to heal from the things you don't even feel yet? Get adjusted.
I did not get adjusted yesterday. I will get adjusted at my regular appointment. "Once a week to stay at your peak." I already have a routine appointment scheduled.
How about you?
In my office I offer a special discount for folks who want to get adjusted once a week.
What should you really do for pain?
Use the P.A.I.N. guide I have posted on the wall in the office.
P. Psychological - What has been overwhelming your mind and emotions over the last few weeks?
A. Absorption - Are you getting the right nutrition? Are you absorbing your nutrients? Are you chemically toxic and not letting go of these toxins?
I. Injuries - Are old injuries affecting your performance today? Are you prepared to handle future injuries?
N. Nervous System - Are you fully appreciating how wonderful your nervous system is taking care of you today? Are you giving your nervous system the chiropractic nurturing it needs? Are you doing the D.N.A. Protocol?
Here is my personal analysis as I work through this injury:
P. I am not overly stressed over anything. Yep, you heard me right. The night before my stiff neck, I was relaxing watching a movie. The past week has been very quiet.
A. I did blow my low carb eating in a big way this week. I am probably short on trace minerals since carbs rob us of these. I could use more magnesium. I need to do a nutritional cleanse. All of us do after the holidays.
I. I did two workouts the day before my stiff neck appeared the next morning. I may have "slept funny." I also have a weakness since I injured my neck in 2008. I also have a "straight neck" with arthritis I attribute to a head injury when I was five years old. I fell head first into a radiator and had stitches on my forehead. No one at the ER suggested to my parents that I get checked for vertebral subluxations. How, I wished someone did.
N. I plan on sticking to my nervous system enhancing routine. Stress never takes a day off. I shouldn't either.
So what have I done so far? I did my workout that morning, being careful. I don't want to back track the rest of the week, I am keeping up on my workout schedule. Exercising also brings fresh blood flow to the area and that helps with inflammation. I drank extra water. And I went to bed early. I will get adjusted in a few days. I got up today and did an even harder workout. I'm on the mend.
Nothing special. The routine that I've always carried out prevented this injury from being worse.
Be on the lookout for the Myth of the Month. I am starting C.O.R.E. Coaching to keep us on track. Good habits can be fun and will be diving in this new year!
See you at the table...the adjusting table.
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