Above Down ~ Inside Out

As a Doctor of Chiropractic we are taught that the body can heal itself, more importantly that the healing comes from above to down then inside and out.  So what does that mean exactly?  My interpretation is the following.

We are given the gift of life from our creator, yet many have chosen to abuse their gift. This gift comes to us in the form of a body which is a magnificent machine.  When we are born our machine is clean and pure and our immune system is ready to work and keep us healthy. Some of us choose to immunize in order to help the body stay healthy. That is a different thought process than what is taught to us however, some choices are irreversible so no need to dwell on them. We do however, have a choice to care for our bodies to keep it working at its optimal level.

Our body is amazing and it will give you signs and signals when something within it is failing or when you are simply overworking it. It is very similar to any other type of machine we are accustomed to, such as a vehicle. When our vehicles need maintenance, they will show us a signal. Perhaps it’s a light or sound but its a signal to make us aware of a problem.  Our bodies work in the same manner. The signals may consist of headaches, coughs, pain or aches and those are ones we must not avoid. Some will choose to take a form of medication to deal with the signal or symptom. However, that is only temporary and will not take care of the cause. Again I will go back to the vehicle analogy. When a light goes off, signifying something is wrong, hence a symptom. Do we mask it with a liquid or gas or do we try to discover the reason for the light or sound going off? I’m sure your answer is the same as everyone else; you try to discover the problem and fix it.

Then why do we neglect our bodies? We are only given one body, yet we choose to neglect it or simply mask the symptoms with a pill or worse ignore it all together. Many times the symptom is the last signal to appear and if left unattended will cause greater damage. Why do we choose to take care of our vehicles or electronics more than our most precious piece of machinery? Have we become so complacent that we simply don’t care?

Why not start today! Pay close attention to the signals your body is giving you. A headache may be a sign that you are overworked and must rest or it may be a signal to something much worse.  A cough may be the way your body handles a foreign substance and is simply trying to release it; let it do it’s job. Instead of masking it, research and ask questions. Become a detective and learn more about your body; after all it’s the only one you have. What will you choose? To allow the body to heal or mask the symptoms? Will you be more aware of the signals or simply ignore them? Will you try to live a healthier life by choosing healthier foods and exercise? Or will you succumb to the daily stressors? The choice is yours to make.

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