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Innate Nate

Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS   There’s something in Nate that makes him pretty special.   His toys need batteries or an outlet, but there’s something special in Nate. He can catch a baseball in his mitt by eating a banana split! He can make a saucy smile out of a red spaghetti pile! He can even draw a carrot by eating a raw carrot!   His ripped pants can’t fix themselves, but there something special in Nate. He can make a disappearing scrape, without a magic cape! He can turn a big cut on his knee into a little line you can barely see! He can turn his skin black and blue, then back to pink for you!   Nate’s teddy bear can’t feel anything, but there’s something special in Nate. He can turn a joke into a giggle, or a tickle into a wiggle! He can turn a test into butterflies, or make them fly away if he is wise! He can make a tear from a shove, or a make a hug into a love!   Something in Nate is special, but what, why or w ...

The Phases of Healing: From Drought to Harvest

Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS   There are specific phases we go through when we heal, regardless of how we feel along the way.  Knowing about them can give us perspective on what is going on behind the scenes. It can also encourage us to stick to what it will take to get better.  Healing phases occur when we are new to chiropractic care or if we haven’t had consistent care. The longer we go without care, the more conditioned our body is to dysfunction and the more time and repetition is required to get right again.  The analogy of a garden is a good way to describe the nature of healing. The various plants are the organs in your body and the soil is the tissues between your organs. The water hose leading to the garden is your nervous system and the water is the nerve supply communicated by your nervous system. The kink in the hose is the interference.   Phase One:            As soon as the water hose ...

Recovering From Surgery With Chiropractic

“The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” - William Osler, MD

 

Pain Is A Gift

Pain is normal and natural, based on the specific adaptations required by the body at a specific time. Normal sensation in chiropractic means expression without interference. Welcome the sensation, whatever it is, both as someone laying on an adjusting table and as someone standing over a table.  Pain is there to serve you while it is present and it will remain as long as it is required by the body. 

Pain is truly a gift.

 

"Not The Flu Again!!!" How To Protect Yourself

Is there really a way to protect yourself from the flu? 

“Chiropractic Didn’t Work For Me…”

WRITTEN BY: Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS   “Chiropractic Didn’t Work For Me…” It’s important to understand what something is  before we can understand what to expect from it.                If we try to use a screwdriver to drive in a nail, we run into problems pretty quickly. If we use something that was never designed as a hammer, we will just end up with a dented screwdriver and a bent nail. When we misunderstand something, we can’t help but misuse it as well.If something is misused, it will be used for the wrong thing and not used for the right ones. There is nothing wrong with a perfectly good screwdriver, but it’s just the right tool for the wrong job.   If we only used a cell phone to make phone calls, it wouldn’t be a great use for a great tool but there is so much more! We would be missing out on all the things our cell phone is capable of.When ...

Chiropractic Adjustment vs Manipulation & Treatment; The Difference is a Matter of LIFE and Death.

Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord, DC, DPhCS Manipulation: Moving a tight joint might feel better in that one area but it will not correct a chiropractic subluxation that will let everythingin your body function better. A manipulation is like loosening up a light switch but not actually turning on the lights. Only a specific chiropractic adjustment returns the power back to the entire room again. Manipulations are only about treating the effects but adjustments are about getting to the true cause. Manipulations make the body move the way the doctor thinks it should, but chiropractic adjustments allow the Innate Intelligence of your body to help you be your best.    Stretching: Traction can stretch tender joints and tissues but it cannot address why we aren’t functioning right in the first place. Traction can only take second place to the true cause of dysfunction. If a car isn’t running right, putting it up on blocks won’t make it run any better but it won’t ma ...

X-Rays and Computer Scans Are Not Required to Receive a Proper Chiropractic Adjustment.

Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord, DC, DPhCS     Interference Versus Adaptation:   X-Rays: X-Rays films will show misalignments of the spine. What they will not show is a chiropractic subluxation. You cannot see how the nervous system is working on an x-ray but since people relate to seeing things, they are often used inappropriately to tie the wrong things to chiropractic care. Unfortunately, x-rays can be used to scare people into care for the wrong reasons. It’s an easy sell because x-rays are psychologically convincing to the person who doesn’t know any better that the doctor “has found the problem”.  They may be valuable for medical reasons, but x-rays are not required to give chiropractic adjustments.   Computer Scans: Spinal scans can measure certain ways the body might be adapting. Although they may seem impressive and can create certainty with lots of colors and numbers, they are also misleading because they cannot actually measure a chiroprac ...

Allergies and Your Nervous System

If your nose went away, would your allergies go away too? If it’s not the nose that causes allergies, is it what the nose smells or is it something else? And why do different noses react differently to the same thing? Why dont the allergens that people love to demonize, such as pollen, animals, mold and anything else, cause the same reaction in everyone? Only chiropractors are trained to specifically find and address the interference that can cause or complicate your allergies. And since this interference is common, and often people with allergies don’t have back or neck pain to prompt them to get their spine checked for misalignments, it is important for everyone to see a chiropractor so they can make sure they’re body is working right and that their nose knows best. 

A Footnote About Your Spine

How can the pain, tingling, and numbness in my feet be directly related to my back? Learn how specific Chiropractic care helps your feet!

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