By: Deboran Vance
A Healthy Spine / Healthy Nervous System Is Crucial To Maintaining Whole Body Health.
Most doctors decide sometime in their third year of medical school what area of medicine they will specialize in. Dr. David Paschket knew in his third year of elementary school.
He was afflicted. At the age of 10 years old, he was so sick he was sent home from the hospital to die. The best guess for the cause of his imminent demise was pneumonia. But a serendipitous conversation between his engineer father and a co-worker brought him back from the brink. It was pivotal, life-saving. He decided then and there that he wanted to be a chiropractor when he grew up.
As Dr. Paschket explained what happened, he used words that have become his life and trade… subluxation, nerve interference, messaging, and misalignment. His father’s co-worker had suggested he take his son to a well-known chiropractor in their area. Skeptical about the value of chiropractic care in his son’s situation, his father resisted but finally relented when it became clear there was nothing to lose.
Greek physician Hippocrates (460- 377 BC) said, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” Chiropractics is only a little over a century old, but attention to the spine has been around for thousands of years.
If his father was skeptical on the front end, he was convinced by the back end of his son’s medical emergency. He felt cured, better, and was playing outside and going to school, all within two weeks.
If you are skeptical, as Dr. Paschket’s father was at first, you’re not alone. Dr. Paschket wants to educate us. More than that, he wants to get us excited about the idea that our bodies are created to be self-healing, and that if we get out of the way, our bodies have an innate intelligence and life force to make all parts simpatico— working as a unit. Modern medicine’s symptom-centric approach to wellness is counterproductive. It throws the flow of our body’s quest for health out of kilter.
What you may or may not know: The spine, not the brain, is the hub of life. It is the central clearinghouse for the entire nervous system constantly sending messages to the brain and every other part of our bodies. How do the different parts know how to coordinate, compensate, and communicate? It’s all about the spine.
The spine or vertebral column is made up of a segmented series of bones/ vertebra separated by spongy discs. They are similar but independent of each other. Each vertebra has two sets of facet joints. They link the vertebra together and are hinged to allow for movement. The entire structure houses the spinal canal, a hollowed-out space that holds and protects a spinal cord full of nerves.
The spinal cord starts at the base of the brain, runs through the cervical spine and thoracic spine (approx. five inches below bottom of shoulder blades) where it ends. It does not run through the lumbar spine (lower back). After the spinal cord stops, the nerve roots come off the bottom of the cord like a horse’s tail. There are 31 pairs of nerves, one on each side of the spinal cord, and they branch off of it in segments at each vertebral level. They are a mixed nerve in that they carry the motor, sensory and autonomic signals between the spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Phew… got that?
If we understand all that, we understand how incredibly vital it is that the spine be working the way it’s supposed to, and that there is no nerve interference or subluxation (partial dislocation of a joint) happening. Our spines are perfect when we’re born. It’s through years of wear and tear that they start to break down, losing their structure or function and becoming fatigued.
If we don’t understand that, we run the risk of playing whack-a-mole with our body’s ailments. Have you ever heard someone say that they feel like they’re falling apart? More likely than not they are experiencing a collapse of spinal function. The body loses its ability to send/ receive signals in real-time, and it takes a “symptom” to alert us to a problem. When we are in optimum condition relative to our spines, we don’t even know when the body is self-correcting and healing itself.
Is this information compelling? Are you tempted to think that you can’t make an appointment with a chiropractor fast enough? Dr. Paschket thinks it should be the case. He doesn’t need any more patients, but his motivation is pure and simple. He is convinced of the rightness of his message and wants to reach as many people as he can with it.
If you are a person who relies on symptoms to tell you how your body is doing, it will take a leap of faith to embrace the logic presented here. You’re feeling OK, you may think, “Don’t mess with something if it’s not broken.” But consider yourself informed. The overwhelming truth of chiropractic philosophy is so universally endorsed that you might want to give it a second thought. Dr. Paschket thinks everyone should have their spine examined and re-aligned regularly. It is like getting your car tuned and the wheels aligned.
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