Once you start going to a chiropractor you can’t stop
If you are seeing a chiropractor or have mentioned you are considering it to a friend you may have heard this little lie “once you start going to a chiropractor you can’t stop”.
This myth may be because many people who start going to a chiropractor do in fact continue to go even after their initial care phase. This isn’t because they have to but because they choose to. The reality is that with any health choice it takes sustained effort to maintain results. Think about it, if you have a terrible diet of lots of takeaway food and soft drinks which has caused weight gain and you clean up your diet and lose the weight, do you think you will keep the weight off if you return to your old habits? Of course, this would be foolish to think!
The same is true with spinal health and strength; if you start utilising chiropractic, postural awareness and exercise to improve your strength and pain. Then going back to your old habits will most likely get you back to the same place that you started with.
For those who want a bit of research about this topic click the link below to s study performed in 2011 that demonstrated better pain and disability outcomes with ongoing “maintenance” care (fortnightly chiropractic adjustments) compared to those who only received an initial care phase of one month.
So the truth to the myth that “once you start chiropractic you can’t stop” is that once you start chiropractic you can CHOOSE to continue reaping the benefits of a stronger, more mobile and coordinated spine or you can CHOOSE not to. As with most things in life, the outcome is down to the choices you consistently make!
If you are like most people you pick up a packet of food in the supermarket and turn it over to read the ingredients to see if it is good for you, all the while having no idea what you are reading. Eating healthy can seem complicated at first so let’s try and make it simple.
Putting the right fuel in your body is essential for your day-to-day wellbeing and performance as well as longevity. Poor diet is linked with many chronic health conditions. We encourage our patients to clean up their diet when undergoing structural chiropractic care to maximise their body’s ability to heal, recover, and re-structure. Think of it this way, if a builder uses cheap materials to build your home it probably won’t last long. Each day your body produces millions of new cells PER SECOND, so make sure you get the appropriate raw materials for your body to make the best cells it can.
My first recommendation when it comes to reading a food label, is NOT to. Why? Because the food you eat shouldn’t need labeling since it has only one ingredient in it. Most of your diet should be made up of plants, lots of vegetables, fruit, legumes, and grains. If you buy carrots, there are only carrots in the pack. If you buy potatoes, same deal. As a rule of thumb, the more processing steps involved in getting a product from its source to your plate, the less good it probably does for you and the more potential harm it has.
Okay so every now and then you will need products that do have a label on them. The simplest way to approach this is if you can’t read, pronounce or understand the ingredients list, it’s probably not good for you (this is a general rule, and with rules, there are always exceptions).
These two tips can be very helpful if you are new to eating better and you are trying to clean up your act. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the information out there, start simple and keep educating yourself!
Weight loss and its association with magnesium, here are some high points.
1. Magnesium helps the body digest, absorb, and utilize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
2. Magnesium is necessary for insulin to open cell membranes for glucose.
3. Magnesium helps prevent obesity genes from expressing themselves.
THE WEIGHT CONNECTION
Magnesium and B-complex vitamins are energy nutrients. They activate enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Lack of these necessary energy nutrients causes improper utilization of food. It can lead to such far-ranging symptoms as hypoglycemia, anxiety, and obesity.
Food craving and overeating can be simply a desire to continue eating past fullness because the body is, in fact, craving nutrients that are missing from processed food. You continue to eat empty calories that pack on the pounds but get you no further ahead in your nutrient requirements.
Magnesium is also necessary for the chemical reaction that allows insulin to usher glucose into cells, where glucose is involved in making energy for the body. If there is not enough magnesium to do this job, both insulin and glucose levels elevate. The excess glucose stores as fat and contributes to obesity. Having excess insulin puts you on the road toward diabetes.
The connection between stress and obesity cannot be overlooked. The stress chemical cortisol signals a metabolic shutdown that makes losing weight almost impossible. It’s as if the body feels it is under an attack such that it must hoard all its resources, including fat stores, and won’t let go of them under any inducement. Magnesium can effectively neutralize the effects of stress.
OBESITY, MORE THAN BAD GENES
The public has been told that obesity is inherited, which makes people think they don’t have a hand in creating this problem and can continue their bad habits and blame their genes. Animal experiments show, however, that if a mouse with an obesity gene lacks B vitamins, the obesity comes to action. But if it eats plenty of B vitamins, it will remain thin. The process of metabolizing B vitamins is called methylation, and magnesium is necessary for one of the most important steps in this process.
Every metabolic function in the body requires vitamins and minerals – without them, symptoms develop. Therefore, the first step in treating nonspecific symptoms is diet and dietary supplements, not drugs. It is also important to note that many of the weight loss diets that people subject themselves to are often deficient in magnesium.
Gaining weight around your middle is related to magnesium deficiency and an inability to properly utilize insulin. It also sets the stage for Syndrome X. You only need a tape measure to diagnose a predisposition to Syndrome X – a waist size above 100 cm in men and above 89 in women puts you at risk. In their book The Magnesium Factor, authors Mildred Seelig, M.D., and Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., take note of research showing that over half the insulin in the bloodstream directs at abdominal tissue. They theorize that as more and more insulin is produced to deal with a high-sugar diet, abdominal girth increases to process the extra insulin.
The term “syndrome X” describes a set of conditions that many believe is just another fancy name for the consequences of long-standing nutritional deficiency, especially magnesium deficiency. The long list includes high cholesterol and hypertension and obesity. It also encompasses elevated triglycerides and elevated uric acid. When cholesterol levels elevate, high triglycerides are usually found, but most often when someone has a high-sugar diet, such as from drinking sodas daily and eating cakes and pastries.
Syndrome X, according to Dr. Gerald Reaven, may be responsible for a large percentage of the heart and artery disease that occurs today. Unquestionably, magnesium deficiency is a major factor in the origins of each of its signs and symptoms. From elevated triglycerides and obesity to disturbed insulin metabolism.
High uric acid is due to the incomplete breakdown of protein from a lack of B vitamins and digestive enzymes. This complex collectively appears to be caused by disturbed insulin metabolism (magnesium deficiency initiates this), called insulin resistance, and eventually can lead to diabetes, angina, and heart attack. We also know that a lack of magnesium sets the stage for a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes.
As previously noted, the metabolic pathways that allow insulin to usher glucose into cells, where glucose participates in making energy for the body, require magnesium. If magnesium is deficient, the doorway into the cells does not open to glucose, resulting in the following cascade of events:
Glucose levels become elevated.
Glucose is stored as fat and leads to obesity.
Elevated glucose leads to diabetes.
Obesity puts a strain on the heart.
Excess glucose becomes attached to certain proteins (glycated), leading to kidney damage, neuropathy, blindness, and other diabetic complications.
Insulin-resistant cells don’t allow magnesium into the cells.
Further magnesium deficiency leads to hypertension.
Magnesium deficiency leads to cholesterol buildup, and both these conditions are implicated in heart disease.
Insulin’s job is to open up sites on cell membranes to allow the influx of glucose, a cell’s source of fuel. Insulin-resistant cells are the cells that no longer respond to the advances of insulin and refuse the entry of glucose. As a result, blood glucose levels rise and the body produces more and more insulin, to no avail. Glucose and insulin rampage throughout the body, causing tissue damage that results in overuse and wasting of magnesium. This can increase the risk of heart disease, and adult-onset diabetes.
One of the major reasons the cells don’t respond to insulin is the lack of magnesium. Some studies show that chronic insulin resistance in patients with type II diabetes associates with a reduction of magnesium. Magnesium is necessary to allow glucose to enter cells. Additional studies confirm that when the pancreas releases insulin, magnesium in the cell normally responds and opens the cell to allow entry of glucose. However, in the case of magnesium deficiency combined with insulin resistance the normal mechanisms just don’t work. The higher the levels of magnesium in the body, the greater the sensitivity of the cells to insulin and the possibility of reversing the problem.
So, get your weight loss cure today. Start taking magnesium, soak in Epsom salts baths, or spray it on your body and watch the weight drop off.
While you’re doing that don’t be surprised if you lose lots of other symptoms like:
hypertension (cardiovascular disease, kidney, and liver damage)
potassium deficiency (arrhythmia, hypertension, some forms of cancer)
iron accumulation, etc.
To restore your magnesium levels you really need to top them up with supplements initially as it is very hard to achieve optimal magnesium levels through food intake. So what’s the BEST Magnesium supplements you ask?
I recommend the metagenics magnesium. There are different types of magnesium so be sure to talk to a professional about what’s best for you to take.
Do you know the difference between when you sit up straight and sit bent forward?
There’s one simple difference that will change the rest of your body’s posture while sitting. Easy right?
All you’ve got to do when you sit is to make sure you are sitting on your *sitting bones* (the ischial tuberosities of your ilium bones – check pictures to understand) and the rest automatically corrects itself.
Take a look at these pictures and you will understand what I mean.
Sitting on your tailbone
Believe it or not, most people do not sit on their sitting bones, instead, they sit on their tailbone. Being a Structural Chiropractor, I can tell you right now that if you sit on your tailbone and you have lower back pain, this is your number one problem so you need to stop it, and you need to stop it now!
What do you think happens when you are sitting on your tailbone?
Take a look at these simple pictures that illustrate the additional forces on the spinal discs, ligaments, and muscles when you sit on your tailbone, and all you have to do to stop this is to sit properly. Not hard is it?
Now that you’ve looked at those, how do you think those bulging or herniated discs come about? No, it wasn’t just that piece of paper you picked up from the floor and your back suddenly just BLEW OUT!!! No No NO nooooo!!!
I’m willing to bet you that it was actually all the repetitive small forces going through your spinal discs and ligaments that damaged them over the course of months or years. yes yes YES!!!!
Sitting on your tailbone automatically forces your lumbar (lower) spine to pop backward. The lower back is designed to have an INWARDS curve!!! That is how it’s designed to handle loads and here you are sitting with your lower back popping back out and going about your day with an achy lower back, never thinking twice about it until it starts to get stingy and sharp and the pain going down your legs and then you experience numbness and tingling in one or both legs.
What to do?
Just sit on your sitting bones and at the same time fix all the structural issues that your spine now has due to your negligence (not purposeful) by visiting a STRUCTURAL chiropractor. Now that you know you can do something about it or just wait for more deterioration and damage if that’s how you like to roll. Personally, I want my structure and nervous system to be functioning top notch. That’s how I live. That’s how I have lots of energy, good sleep, good attitude, positivity, I embrace life fully and I know that my nervous system function has everything to do with it.
This is why I never stop care when someone’s symptoms improve. That is beside the point. If you want your symptoms gone, take a panadol. Why pay a physiotherapist, a chiropractor, or anyone else if all you want is symptom relief? Just take a pill and all your worries will be gone.
On the other hand, if you want proper spinal function, nervous system function, brain function, body function, and everything else that makes you who you are and make you feel good and give you excellent structure that’s indestructible then visit us. The consultation is complimentary. I give you 30 minutes of undivided attention if not more to tell you how you can go from POOR function and miserable to AMAZING function and limitless health.
Many of you will already know that we have changed our name and our location!
Welcome to our new office on 46 Lake Road Northcote. Our new phone number is 09 418 3718.
We have some new and exciting plans for this clinic that will help us be able to help you achieve your goals and maximize your results from your Chiropractic care. Our clinic will be one of a kind and we wish to see you all soon!
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