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10 Reasons Why Spinal Care Should Be an Integral Part of Your Life
By Dr. Tim Strittmatter, DC

Dr. Tim Strittmatter, DCIncreased Energy:
As Dr. Roger Sperry, a Nobel Prize winner for brain research once said, "Better than 90% of the energy output of the brain is used in relating to the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism, and healing." The nerves that connect the brain to the body travel at 220 mph, and a spinal misalignment diminishes the transmission speed by 70%, or to a mere 66 mph. How can the cells in the body, that are dependent on nerve transmission, be expected to stay healthy and well with a spinal misalignment? They can't. That is why monthly spinal check-ups are really nervous system check-ups to keep this system running at 100% and improving your energy efficiency.

Stronger Immune System:
 In 1975, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York's Preventive Medicine Institute and professor in Environmental Health at New York University, began researching the most scientifically valid ways to estimate individual susceptibility to various chronic diseases. The chiropractic patients were shown to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer or serious diseases. Pero concluded, 'Chiropractic may optimize whatever genetic abilities you have so that you can fully resist serious disease.'

Maximized Athletic Performance: 
From improving your golf game to professional athletes' feats, spinal/body balance is the key to preventing injuries and maximizing performance. One of the biggest causes of injuries in athletes is asymmetry throughout the body. Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move freely and balanced. When your spine is out of alignment, your muscles tighten causing decreases in ranges of joint motion, leading to pain and injury. Relieving misalignments throughout the spine frees up areas of tension throughout the body, reducing pain and improving mobility. A balanced spine can even improve your exercise form – especially during overhead lifts.

Increased Overall Health: 
Coulter and researchers at the RAND Corporation performed an analysis of an insurance database, comparing persons receiving chiropractic care with non-chiropractic patients. The study consisted of senior citizens over 75. Recipients of chiropractic care reported better overall health, spent fewer days in hospitals and nursing homes, used fewer prescription drugs, and were more active than the non-chiropractic patients.

Decreased Healing Time: 
Misalignments throughout the body slow down healing. When a person is injured, his or her body tries to protect itself with muscle guarding or spasms and inflammation. This increases the time it takes for the person to heal. Spinal alignments speed up the recovery process of your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints because they increase circulation to normalize stress within the injured tissue, increase immune response, and improve brain to body communication.

Improved Sleep Quality: 
A common experience after a spinal alignment is having a deeper and more restful sleep. Once the body is in a state of balance, the muscles are more relaxed, you're able to breathe more effortlessly, and staying in one position in bed becomes easier. 

Preventing Joint Degeneration:
A misaligned spine/body causes excess wear and tear on all joints of the body – especially the spine, hips, knees, and ankles – leading to pain and degeneration. This degeneration leads to hip and knee replacements at a cost of $40,264 per joint. It is way less expensive and eliminates much suffering when you stay well-aligned through the course of your life.

Posture Balance: 
When you have forward head carriage, it diminishes your ability to expand your lungs fully, resulting in a 15+% decrease in oxygen utilization in the body. Over time, this leads to general fatigue and lack of stamina. In addition, forward head carriage can lead to the development of TMJ pain, tight neck, migraines, headaches, seizures, disc and joint degeneration, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, facial twitching, neck pain, and pain between the shoulders.

Lower Blood Pressure: 
A special chiropractic adjustment (NUCCA) can significantly lower high blood pressure , a placebo-controlled study suggests. "This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. It is easier to maintain normal blood pressure than fix it once it is elevated, so stay well aligned.

Less Disability: 
A study found that you are less likely to end up disabled if you get your care from a doctor of chiropractic(DC). (J Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011 (Apr).

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For more information or to make an appointment, you can reach Dr. Tim at Keystone Spinal Care and Wellness Center at (724) 216-9000 or keystonespinal@gmail.com, or log on to Keystonespinal.com. Dr. Tim also offers Upper Cervical Care and Nutrition Counseling.

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