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The Importance of Proper Alignment

If we want to achieve something like Health, then we must understand what is really is. How do we define what health is? Only through understanding what health really is can you actually create the right wellness philosophy and look for what really are the correct lifestyle approaches.

So what is health?

The basic, core definition of health is described as a state of �normal function.� So ultimately, if you wish to begin seeking health you must first find out what it is that causes you to function normally (or optimally).

In the recent years interest in biking, swimming, running, doing yoga, lifting weights, taking supplements, and eating the right diet for your body type has reached a historic high. This recent fitness and nutrition fascination has been perpetuated by the current realization many are coming to that it is vital to play an active role in your health if you plan on keeping it or getting it back. All of these activities and many more:

Enhance the overall well-being of your body
Help you to overcome and prevent illness
Give you energy
Improve your appearance
Can lengthen your life
Yet, none of these cause you to function. Case in point: taking a corpse out for a long bike ride or feeding it vitamin C does nothing to create health or function.

To find what really causes you to function you have to go to your anatomy and not to the gym or the health food store. What �causes� function is the Central Nervous System or CNS. The CNS is composed of the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves and it totally controls all functions and healing in the human body. As the central generator of all life, it needs maximum protection. Thus, the spine and skull holds your centeral nervous system.

To have �normal function�--and as a result be considered healthy--the Central Nerve System must work without damage or interference. The most common, and in fact very likely way, to interfere or cause damage to the Central Nervous System is with the spine. �Abnormal� position of the head and spine and subluxation (misalignment of individual vertebrae) will interfere with the CNS. This interference will cause the organs of the body not to function or heal �normally.� By definition, the result is abnormal or less than optimal health.

�Vital information travels from the brain and spinal cord to all of the parts of the body. But, not only does information travel down the nerve, but at the same time information from the peripheral parts of the body is being sent back to the brain and spinal cord. When this information is interfered with, a problem arises in the body.�

--Daniel J. Murphy, DC; Spinal Biomechanics, Harrison, 1992, p.366

Before any body part or any body function can be described as �normal� or �abnormal,� healthy or unhealthy, we must first have a clear definition of what �normal� is. For example, if normal blood pressure is 120/80, then a person with blood pressure of 150/100 would have high, �abnormal� blood pressure. In only the last few years medical, anatomical, mathematical and engineering researchers have been able to clearly define �normal� spinal alignment. This research has been published in the world�s most prestigious medical journals and presented at the leading spinal symposiums around the world.

There are two proven ways to evaluate normal or abnormal spinal alignment:

** Postural examination (posture is the window to the spine)
** X-rays
** Normal Spinal Alignment as Seen With Posture

When looking at a person from the front, the spine must be straight. The head, shoulders, hips and feet should be lined up. When looking at a person from the side, the ears should be back over the shoulders and the shoulders should be back over the pelvis.

Abnormal Spinal Alignment as Seen With Posture

Your posture and spine are abnormal if:

- Your head is visibly tilted, shifted or rotated in one direction.
- Your head is jutted out in front of your chest and shoulders.
- One hip is higher than the other, turned in one direction, or shifted to one side.
- One shoulder is higher than the other, turned in one direction, or your whole upper body is shifted to one side.
In any case of abnormal posture, there is interference or damage being caused to your Central Nervous System.

Normal and Abnormal X-ray Findings

When looking at the front view X-ray, the spinal bones (vertebrae) must also be straight. The bones must not be rotated nor tilted and no curvatures (scoliosis) can be present.

The side view X-ray must reveal three 63-degree arcs. The most important arc is in the neck (cervical spine) and should range between 34 and 43 degrees between C1 and C7 (the first and last cervical vertebrae). This cervical arc is known as the �Arc of Life� because mental life impulses travel directly from the brain down this part of the spinal cord to bring life to the rest of the body. Losing your Arc of Life causes the most severe obstruction to the brain, spinal cord and nerves (Central Nervous System).

If your CNS is unhealthy, you cannot become truly healthy by exercising or eating right alone. You can be healthier, but you cannot be at �normal� or optimal. Any �abnormal� position of the spine, misalignment of the bones, or any changes in these curves indicate a serious problem. It is absolutely vital to understand this point--any changes from �normal� will interfere with and eventually damage the Central Nerve System. Interference and damage to the Central Nerve System will always result in �abnormal� function of the body, improper healing, and poor, abnormal, or less than optimal health.

� � Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production.�

--C. Norman Shealy, MD, Roger K. Cady, MD, et al; APJM, 1994, Vol.4p. 36

Corrective Chiropractic Care

If your spine and Central Nervous System are �abnormal,� there is a need for corrective chiropractic care. This type of care will restore �normal� spinal position and alignment. By properly restoring normal curves to the spine and aligning the vertebrae, it will eliminate CNS interference allowing your body to function and heal �normally.� This gives you your optimum chance to be at 100 percent of your God-given potential.

A healthy spine with the right lifestyle program gives you an unbeatable combination for normal, optimal health and your best possible future. It�s simply the way that health is defined.

To find a corrective care chiropractor, look for chiropractic offices that uses both posture and X-ray analysis to evaluate a patient�s spine and Central Nerve System. Spinal corrective care can be compared to orthodontic corrective care. Depending on the severity of the condition, it takes several months to several years to attain maximum correction and then a lifetime of maintenance if long-term normal function and optimal health is your goal.


Adapted from Mercola.com By Dr. Ben Lerner, Dr. Greg Loman and Dr. Rob Schiffman
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