Independence is the theme of the month because of the Canada Day and the 4th of July holidays. While we celebrate our country’s independence and are proud of our history, it is important to remember our own independence.
Our health and vitality directly relate to a much of the independence we can have in life. When we are a baby, we have a lot of health and vitality, but lack the structure or knowledge to take care of ourselves. As we grow up, we gain more knowledge and skills to manage self-care and activities of daily living, some of that vitality can be lost: we slip and fall, we get hurt playing sports, play too many video games, eat junk food, etc.
We then don’t really think about our independence and health until our loved ones start getting older. We start to see their journey into it being more difficult to do simple activities of daily living (cleaning up the house, getting dressed, etc.), they are tired and feel pain. How did they get this way? Is this what we can all look forward to?
The answer: not always. We all have seen folks that move into their older years and are just as active as they were when they were younger. What is a factor that plays a difference in why some folks get older and age and others get older and have more limits or issues?
Part of it is genetics.(Paola) Part of it is diet and lifestyle. Some parts of it might be luck. But another aspect is the foundation that their body’s physiological processes takes direction from: the proper and appropriate functioning of their nervous system.
Chiropractic care addresses nervous system interference by ensuring the bones of the spinal column are aligned and in their correct position. Upper cervical chiropractors, particularly ones that practice the Blair Upper Cervical technique, correct the misalignment that returns the vitality back to our bodies. With the removal of what was blocking our body’s vitality, we can then start to fully express health and physiological processes can run as they were intended. Our bodies being able to regulate themselves allows for us to age better. A perfect analogy is taking care of a car: even if you get a brand new Tesla, if you don’t follow the maintenance prompts, the car will run down faster. Our bodies are the same way: if you don’t follow the maintenance prompts (pain, soreness, headaches, sleeplessness, etc), your body is not going to age as well as it could.
More research needs to be done on how chiropractic care affects aging, if researchers can collect data and compare people with similar genetics and life experiences and one that regularly gets chiropractic care and one that doesn’t, we’d have a better understanding at how large a role chiropractic plays in aging.
Until we know more, getting your spine checked by an upper cervical chiropractor is a preventative measure to age and live well.
Paola: The Genetics of Extreme Longevity: Lessons from the New England Centenarian Study 10.3389/fgene.2012.00277