What is chiropractic care and why is it so important?

So have you guys every hear when you talk to your friends “Man, I went to the chiropractor and it was the most amazing thing ever. They cured my diabetes” no you don’t hear that do you? Or you’ll have some people that’ll say “the chiropractor is the  most amazing thing ever, they made my sciatica go away” But if spend enough time talking to people about chiropractic you really will get stuff like “wow I feel better, I move better, I function better, I don’t get sick as often, my chronic disease is doing better.” And then you have to ask yourself why? What the heck is that all about? How does going to the chiropractor and getting your back ‘popped’ effect your overall health? I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, I’m a chiropractor and I just want to take a quick second today to talk about what chiropractic is and what chiropractic isn’t. I think that hard part about that is that people think when they go to the doctor, they have something they want to get rid of. Right? They say they have backpain and want to get rid of it. Or they have high blood pressure and want to get rid of it. But what if the problem isn’t that when you go to the doctor you have something you need to get rid of. What if the problem is you’ve lost something you should have and that’s effecting your body’s ability to function properly? Chiropractic is about function, it’s about the ability of your body function. The first thing we should talk about it “what is health?” And traditionally what we’re taught is that health is about looking good or feeling good.  “As long as I feel good then I’m healthy” But is that really what health is? Don’t we all know people who feel good in the morning? They wake up, like my grandfather, but then have a stroke by noon? So they felt great that morning yet still end up in the hospital by noon that day. Or how many people wake up that morning and feel fantastic and then go to the doctor that same day and they go “Oh by the way your blood work came back with cancer” cause you can’t feel cancer and you can’t feel heart disease. So just quickly, so we’re on the same page, health has nothing to do with how you look or how you feel. Although that’s how our culture or our society judges health. If you look up health by definition, the World Health Organization defines health by function. So, if your body is 100% then you have health. So the World Health Organization’s definition of health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” For my patients in my practice the reason why we get such overall health change is because we teach them how to get their bodies functioning optimally. I always say in the office, “health is not owned, its rented. And you’re paying rent on your health everyday.” So every day you’re either doing things to improve the quality of the function. Eat right, exercise, get your spines adjusted. Or you’re not doing anything about your health and instead of building health or optimizing function, you’re actually getting sicker over time. If that makes sense. So, that all being said. We all know that we should eat right, because eating right builds health and function. We should exercise, because exercising builds health and function. There’s even old sayings by our grandparents. “You are what you eat” right? So, we know that we’re supposed to eat right we’re supposed to exercise. One thing is that when I talk to people in the community and when my patients first come into the office, they don’t realize that your spine dictates the function of your health. It’s just on more piece of the puzzle that people don’t know needed to fit there.

I’ll try not to bore you to death with this, I’ll be as quick as I can, but I find this information fascinating. I started my health care career in pharmacy and I use to work in a hospital and I worked in drug stores on weekends and so I thought heath was about how you felt, because I was giving people medication to make them feel better. I went to a chiropractor really reluctantly in my early 20s, they taught this to me and it was like a switch or a light bulb that went off in me.

So, let me explain why. If health is in terms of function, we have to ask what system of the body controls the function of the body. The way your body works is that your brain is sending energy down the spinal cord out each of the nerves to the organs. Your organs are 100% dependent on the energy from your brain. So just like a cardiologist would focus on the heart and cardiovascular system and an orthodontist and dentist would focus on the teeth and the mouth, chiropractors focus on the spine. Your spine is the bones that surrounds and protects your brain and your spinal cord which is called your central nervous system. And a healthy nervous system is essential to your overall health. Your brain is sending electric chemical signals down your spinal cord in your neck, out each of the individual nerves and to your organs. Your organs actually send electrical chemical signals back to your brain so that the central nervous system can coordinate function with your organs to speed up of slow down chemical reactions in your body to optimize function. All the things your body’s doing everyday:  heartbeat, breathing digesting food, turning whatever food you’re eating to get healthy this year into living breathing skin hair and nails. That’s all taking place because the spinal cord and brain are actually organizing and controlling that function.

Now these bones, there is a normal alinement of the bones that make up your spine. We want the weight of your head and the tail bone to be positioned over the joints of the back. So, when you have normal alignment or position the energy from the brain can travel down the spinal cord out the nerves to the organs and the body can function properly. But what happens to us is stress. Stresses in your life can either be instantaneous like accidents or falls. Or stresses that accrue over time like texting or being on the computer. Or mental chemical stress, how you think effects your health cause your brain controls the function of your body. So, if your mentally stressed your heart rate goes up your digestive system has a problem all because of the brain.

Now, There’s a normal alignment, or position, of your spinal bones. And because of physical stresses either sudden or over time, either individual vertebrae, several vertebrae together or entire sections of the vertebrae can shift of misaligned from their normal position. If you move these vertebrae out of position the clinical term is subluxation or as most people know it as a pitch nerve. A subluxation is when your vertebrae is moved out of position, that subluxation blocks the energy, so the energy can’t get pass the area out to the organ. Then the organ that’s connected to that area progressively weakens and deteriorates. Now I know that’s a big step because I know you’ve never thought of this before, but it should make perfect sense. Now I really don’t see problems in people’s health because of accidents or trauma, now that does occur, but I see repetitive stress day in and day out. Nutritional stress, chemical stresses, physical stresses, mental stresses and emotional stresses decreases the body’s ability to communicate over time. Now as a chiropractor, what we want to do is we want to evaluate your spine. Check to make sure it’s lined up correctly from tip to tail. Now if it’s misaligned does that hurt? Yes, it does. And can it cause back pain or neck pain? Sure, it can. In fact, a lot of my patients come in for that, because they feel that directly. But when they’re here we realize that that pain might have brought them in, but their health is a greater responsibility than just fixing that pain. So, chiropractic is that we correct the areas that are misaligned back into as close as their normal position as we can. And get their brain and their body communicating again, increasing the function of their body, increasing the function of their nervous system. Then we start adding food and fitness and lifestyle, so then their bodies can begin to function as close to normal as possible. One of the things my mentor use to say is “if we can line up your spine and your lifestyles with God’s intentions, then your body functions better and you get healthier”

So, if you have misalignments in your spine or subluxations, and you’re not getting them corrected, you’re like a ferrari running on half its cylinders. You look good and you move but you’re not functioning at peak potential. I want you guys to understand we want your brain and your body to communicate we want that central nervous system to be able to orchestrate and control the function of those organs. I’ve brought this up before but think about the digestion of food and the organization of hormones and bio productions and kidney’s regulating blood pressure and your liver filtering your blood. That’s a lot going on that your body controls without thinking about it. Now that’s called an innate intelligence, the inborn innate intelligence of your body is controlling that function and that’s being orchestrated through your nervous system. So, we want to increase your innate intelligence, increase your body’s ability to function and then change your lifestyle to support that. That’s how chiropractors get great results.

I know that’s a lot to take in, but I just wanted to share that with you guys. Cause so many people come in and say “How do you get such great results with your patients?” It’s because we’re lining up their brain and nervous system so that the innate intelligence in their body helps their body function by correcting the misalignment in their spines and getting their brain to communicate with their organs. Then we start changing nutritional components optimized for function, we get you guys regulating an exercise routine, and we teach stress and time management, because how you think does affect the health of your body. So, we can get those things lined up that’s how we get health miracles. I started this conversion with how people say that chiropractors help with neck and back pain, but you do get the people that say “I’m off my blood pressure medication after going to my chiropractor “ “My diabetes is better when I go to the chiropractor” “I’m not as stress when I get adjusted” and “I function better and my immune system is better” All these miracles happen but I wanted you to understand that there’s a scientific explanation for why they happen and it’s just not that they’re getting their back ‘popped’. What I’m doing is getting their spines lined up, along with their health and overall lifestyle.

I’m Doctor Christopher Hood. I hope you found this very informative and gave you a little insight into what chiropractors do. It’s all good in the Hood and God bless.

Stopping Neck Pain So You Can Start Moving in the Right Direction

Who’s a Batman fan!? You know, I’m a huge superhero fan, my two-year-old runs around talking about the Avengers. I’m definitely a Batman fan, but every time I watch those old Batman movies, the ones with Michael Keaton in them, I keep thinking that he’s going to get his butt kick because he can’t turn his head left and right because of that stupid costume. It’s like when superheroes wear capes, it’s like the dumbest thing ever! Yeah they look cool but someone’s going to choke him with it. I watch Batman he can’t turn is head, I’m worried he’s getting his butt kicked. I like Batman, I want him to win. Hi, I’m Doctor Christopher Hood and I’m not here to talk about Batman today I’m here to talk about something I see my patient deal with. When they walk around looking like Batman in that stupid costume because their neck hurts so bad they can’t turn their head. Let’s get real, you’re not Batman, you’re not worried about fighting crime. What you are worried about is driving the car with the kids to get them to school and you can’t turn your head right or left and you’ll get hit by a car. Or you can’t sleep at night because it hurts so bad you’re afraid to even lay down on the pillow cause it’s going to go into spasms. Or you’re like me, where your kids want you to wrestle with them and you can’t wrestle with them because you know that if you move a certain way it’s going to hurt all the way down into your arm. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, I want to get real I want to help you guys, give you some good information that you can do right now to stop that, so you can start moving in the right direction. So, there’s a couple things about this. Every once in a whole, like me, you’ll be wrestling with the kids, you hurt your neck maybe you slept funny. Grandma use to say, “Did you sleep in a draft?” where it hurts your neck and you wake up and it’s a bit stiff that’s a onetime occurrence, no big deal right? But if it starts to occur repetitively over time it’s definitely a sign that’s there’s a larger problem going on in there. Everyone gets something going once in a while. But if its repetitive then I want you to take some action. First thing I want you to do is know what you’re doing. You if can place your fingers in there and feel that it’s in a specific area once you develop that neck pain and really stiff neck which will actually call torticollis, that’s the clinical term you can feel it in there when you’re prodding you can feel a real specific trigger point in there. Do yourself a favor and ice it, don’t heat it! Wet paper towel on your bare skin, ice pack on the wet paper towel. 20 minutes at a time, only! That’s what you want to do, but if it’s the entire side of your neck where you feel it up to the back of your skull, down into your neck, down into your shoulder that’s when you want to apply heat. I see it all the time, where patients are heating it every time or icing it every time. This is one of those times where you want to be really general and specific by what you’re doing. So again, pin point problem, ice, large area being invoked, heat it up. Same thing, nice easy gentle, 20 minutes at a time, ice or heat. My concern with it is when it’s a long term repetitive problem. Is it’s not the wrestling the kids, the sleeping in the draft. But when you’re feeling it consistently, that’s what you call a forward head posture problem or a spinal misalignment problem. So, what we want to look at is your posture. So, when you look at posture you guys ever seen as people get old they start looking like they get this forward head posture, they get that hump on their back. When you have chronic neck issues, if its chronic its happening all the time for you and its repetitive, it’s the gateway to developing that old man old lady posture and that hump on your back. What happens is there individual spinal vertebra in your neck, they should have a normal curve in them. I’m always baffled when I talk to patients about this and they think the spine should be straight, but if you’re looking at the x-ray of the neck from the side. It should have this normal mark of curve where each bone lines up over the tip and the bones should be nice and square and white with no rough edges or arthritis, and the spaces in between, your disks should be nice and big and open. You have to understand the nerves that are actually running from your neck muscles down into your arm, heart, lungs, are coming from the space between our bones and the disks. So, what happens to us in our modern Pokémon Go society, where we’re all texting, spending a life time on computers, if we lose that natural curve in the neck and that curve begins to straighten out. When it does, the weight of the head, which is like that of a bowling ball, which is about 12 pounds, shifts from the back-posture part of the joints where its designs to be, supported by big thick bone to the front which is no bueno, it’s not design to support weight, so as the head moves forward the muscles are grabbing it, trying to stop that and that’s when we get the long term repetitive problems with the neck. If you have that, it’s a sign that your spine is miss aligned the weight of the head is causing arthritis or degeneration on the front of the bones cause it’s no weighted properly and over with like a rusty hinged on a door won’t open or close, that’s when you start seeing that old age posture, that hump on your back. That comes with problem like balance issues. So, what we want to do is we want to evaluate you. You want to go to a chiropractor like myself, that evaluates that curve and starts getting you correct through exercise and adjustment to get that natural curve back in your neck. So that it stops it from being a problem and more importantly stops the old man posture the old lady posture and the hump on your back and long term disability ratings. I hate it when I see patients that we could have helped if they just done something about it when they were in their 20 and 30s now there in there 70 and 80s and they can barely move and their worried about walking down the street with the cane. So, if that’s you and you’re to the point where you want to do something about it now, where you’re proactive before you have to be reactive. Go to www.hoodchiropractic.com log in, click on our website and come see us. If you like this, go ahead and follow us on Facebook, like us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram. Subscribe on Youtube where we’re always coming at out with new videos. The real goal there is to teach you guys the truth about your health, get you moving in the right direction and make sure you have a long, strong, active and healthy life. Cause its easier to stay well then to get well. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood and it’s a pleasure to serve you guys. God bless.