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When our brain senses harm either from a traumatic/repetitive injury, stressful/negative thought or exposure to a toxins in the air, water, food or environment (aka. The THREE T’s), it shifts into protection mode—the fight-or-flight response (Sympathetic/Stress Response). The brain notes the body’s level of harm and determines whether we should be in fight-or-flight mode or if we have the “all clear” and can invest energy in growth and repair.

 

Our entire body is hardwired neurologically to respond to these signals one way or another: We cannot be both in GROWTH/HEALING and PROTECTION at the same time. While stressful mental activity includes negative, angry, fearful or depressed thoughts, physical traumas and toxic exposures represent influence the same centers of the brain as these mental thoughts do.

 

As you can imagine, we can be consciously aware of being angry, feeling nauseous from something we smell, or feeling pain from an injury, but an abundance of subconscious signals from these same circumstances reach the following key areas of the brain: the hippocampus (the center for learning), the amygdala (the stress and anxiety center), and the hypothalamus (the neuroendocrine control center, which initiates a cascade of events preparing us for fight or flight).

 

To give you an idea of the amount of signals detected by our brain each second, according to Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., we are able to perceive 40 bits of information consciously each second. In that time, 20,000,000 (yes, 20 million!) bits reach the brain subconsciously. Being that the majority of this input is subconscious, by definition you are not aware of it! Clearly, then, the quality of this abundant information profoundly influences the brain’s function.

 

Chiropractic adjustments, exercise, daily nutrient intake, and positive and loving thoughts contribute to creating high-quality input to the nervous system. This constructive input enhances healing, growth and balanced function. Health really boils down to homeostasis (balanced function) at the cellular level. To create a lifetime of health that can survive like D.D. Palmer’s principles, we must provide our bodies with optimal input throughout our lives.

 

Adjustments stop subconscious negative signals and brings the body into a state of ease thus allowing for a balanced state and therefore normal functioning of the entire body. Living a life in balance is the key to optimal health. 

 

I love you and I'm here for you 100%.

 

Be Blessed,

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

PS. This weekend is the Milton Home Show. Visit out booth as we bring truth, Chiropractic and hope to hundreds. 

 

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It’s great to be back!!! I’m so excited for the direction the clinic is heading and in the next few months massive changes will take place to ensure we provide the best chiropractic in the world. During the march break I was really focused on 2 main things. First, I worked hard in implementing new strategies to help more people understand chiropractic and to move the clinic closer towards my vision of serving more people. Each week I will be doing a 5 minute Facebook live show (click here for link) to answer common questions people have. BUT…I need your help with this one. In the next couple weeks, we will be handing out question forms and I really want your toughest questions about chiropractic and health. I will be answering questions LIVE every Tuesday at Noon. Make sure to watch, comment and share. Second, I wanted to have fun, so my wife and I went to Iceland. What a beautiful country! I highly recommend you visit and cross this place off your bucket list.

 

While away, I was able to catch up on some reading. In 1910,  D.D. Palmer identified the causes of vertebral subluxation as the Three T’s— thoughts, trauma and toxins. Since that time, we have expanded our understanding of how these factors impact our body’s function, but the basic concepts Palmer laid down for the profession he founded have survived the test of time.

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What we understand now is that subluxation is more than a spinal bone out of place and pinching a nerve, as was once thought. A subluxation involves changes throughout the nervous system by changing how the brain perceives the body. In Chiropractic we call this dis-ease. This is why subluxations cause so many different side effects such as: chronic tight muscles, ear aches, headaches, anxiety, heart issues, constipation, infections, sleeplessness, poor development in kids, skin conditions…on and on.

 

So how do the Three T’s cause subluxation and affect the function of the nervous system as a whole? Let’s start with physical trauma, since most people can resonate with that. It is easy to understand how a vertebra can become misaligned as a result of physical trauma to the spine—forceful birthing procedures that pull and twist a baby’s head to expedite the delivery process, falls endured while learning how to walk, playground injuries, bad posture, increased technology use, car accidents, falls etc. The body will logically try to stabilise this area with muscle splinting, which will heal in this configuration unless something is done to restore integrity to the area. Today, repeated poor health habits and static postural loading cause more subluxation than anything else.

 

The body can Subluxate's with chemical exposure and emotional stresses. The nervous system perceives these non-physical stressors to be threatening and directs the muscles to react, defend and brace the body, holding bones in positions that can cause asymmetry and imbalance in the spine. No muscle moves a bone without a nerve purposefully telling it to do so. These misalignment's and alterations in spinal curvature are only a result of the internal, neurological response to the overwhelming presence of the Three T’s.


The Adjustment restores BALANCE to the nervous system so your body can FUNCTION, HEAL and REPAIR the way it was designed. Everyone deserves a clear nervous system so they can be the best version of themselves. This is the gift of Chiropractic to the world and this is my God-Given purpose. Please comment, ask questions, share this with others. I will always personally answer any questions you have. 

I love you and I’m all in for you 100%.

Be blessed,

Dr. Matt

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What is the quality of your life and health?  How do stresses in life affect your health? How is the health of others around you? Could it be better?

     If you want to have a higher quality of health, the new year may be the opportune time to reassess your life and make some very important and life changing decisions.

     Many people believe that the older they get, the less beneficial it becomes, to drop bad habits and start good ones.  This is simply not true.  It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Whether your body is 2 months old or 82 years old, it will always function at its maximum efficiency when you eat well, exercise regularly, and keep your nerve system free from interference caused by vertebral subluxations.

     Ageing causes the structures that hold the spine in proper alignment to undergo change.  The muscles that support and move the vertebrae of the spinal column begin to lose their tone. This can result in a greater tendency for spinal vertebrae to subluxate, or “slip out of line”, losing their normal mobility.   This process creates interference with the communication pathways through the nerve system which is so vital for good health. By adjusting the spine, we restore the body’s ability to govern itself optimally.

If you understand this next part you will understand everything there is to know about health and healing. Your body, when it's working the way it was designed can last until 120-150 years old. But the individual cells don’t last 120 years. If I brush my hand, I will brush off millions of dead cells and new ones grow from behind in order to replace them. Your body constantly replaces itself at the rate of 3 billion cells every 20 seconds! As you read this right now your heart cells are dying but don't worry about it because your body is making new cells to replace it out of the food you ate today. Heart cells live about 90 days and then they die, red blood cells live about 120 days and then die and replaced. After 14 months go by, all your organs have been replaced. It takes about 7 years to replace the entire body, bones and all. Every 7 years you have a brand new body. That means if you have been married for 21 years, you are on your 3rd spouse by now. (That was a joke!)

Your entire body replaces itself with new cells as old cells die off except for one system. Can you guess? Your brain and spinal cord. Those cells have to last you your entire life. The brain and spinal cord are the first cells to form, they are the master controls cells that regulate the entire body and the only cells that will last a life time.

Do you think it might be a good idea to take care of your brain and spinal cord?

That's the Chiropractic message. That’s all we want you to do. We say since every part of your body can be replaced and since your brain and spinal cord, if they are working properly, regulate the function of the entire body then you only really have to worry about one system. If the new cells in your body is getting clear information from your brain and spinal cord and form strong and healthy then disease passes from the picture. That's why patients under chiropractic care for more than 7 years are statistically the healthiest patients in our office. But if the new cells that are born are born just as sick as the old ones, then the disease goes on and on and you will never get well.

This is why Chiropractic is so important and why so many people don’t understand it. Everyone else is trying to help all the sick cells in the body. Chiropractic doesn’t want to cure your sick cells, we  just wants to make sure all the new cells that are being born are born healthy.

     As we move into another year of our lives, it is very important to take a bit of time to sit down and reassess where we are heading with our health and our goals of enjoying our health now and later in life.  We must realise that if we procrastinate with our health now, we may not be able to enjoy the rest of our lives the way we desire.

     The people who have been caught in a bad health scenario for a long time should realise that the vast majority of the health problems could improve greatly with a natural and holistic approach to health.  A lot of these people get caught up on a treadmill of drug taking.  They only mask symptoms temporarily and inevitably allowing their body to slowly be dragged in a downward spiral of health, creating the need for more drugs.

     We are in control of our own destiny.  It is never too late for NEW BEGINNINGS. Tell others, let them read this or even better, give them the gift of health. Who wouldn’t want a $400 gift card? Especially if they have never had a proper spinal check up. Just imagine if you were responsible for improving someone’s life, getting them off drugs and living the life they were designed to live, simply because you gave them the opportunity with a free health gift card.

I want to share with you a verse I read daily. It keeps me motivated and focused on my WHY.

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)

Together, we can change our community by giving hope and healing to thousands.

 

God Bless and Merry Christmas,

 

Dr. Matthew Posa DC

Milton Chiropractor 

The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

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A chiropractic adjustment does so much more than just release a joint, taking tension off of the nerves and muscles.  In fact I’ve heard it said this way:

 

Going to a chiropractor just for pain relief,

Is like robbing a bank and just stealing the pens!

 

A 2011 study by 9 doctors using PET scan technology (neuro-imaging technique) found that ONE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT did the following:

 

1. Sympathetic tone was inhibited (ie. anti-stress effect) 

This literally means that your body has a harder time feeling stressed when you get adjusted.  Think about that!   Wow!

 

2. Salivary amylase was decreased (drop in the feeling of being stressed)

This is a measurement of the type of saliva that is present in someone that is highly stressed.

 

3. Regional brain metabolic changes (the brain is greatly influenced by the spine)

The metabolism of your brain is altered – it becomes more efficient in its firing (hence your general feeling of more energy) and it quiets down, just like it would in a stress-free environment.

 

4. Decreased muscle hypertonicity (relaxation of muscles)

The muscles around the neck, shoulders and back all release their tension – even in areas of the spine that weren’t actually touched during the adjustment. This is why for so many of you a proper upper spine adjustment is exactly what is required to release the tension in your lower back.

 

5. Decreased pain intensity (feeling better)

Pain is a chemical reaction.  The depolarization level of mechanoreceptors and pain receptors are altered to a level that they would be in a stess-free person.

 

What does this all mean?

This proves that no matter your age, your health, your heritage or your genetics, your SPINAL INTEGRITY will dictate NERVE SYSTEM FUNCTION! Remember HEALTH = OPTIMAL FUNCTION OF YOUR BODY. It is not the absence of symptoms.

 

Your back is your lifeline.  Your back determines whether or not you are always stressed. 

And since stress = death, I’d say that’s pretty important! 

 

Dr. Matthew Posa, DC

The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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With smartphone users now spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads dropped down, this results in “700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine”, according to the research.

People simply forget how often they look down at their phones and for how long.

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This can cause: head pain, neck pain, arm pain and numbness More importantly it stretches your spinal cord 2-3 inches longer than it should. This ultimately decreased the connection between your brain and body by 50% after only 2 minutes.When you stand and face forward in a normal standing position, all the curves of your neck and spine are in correct alignment. But when you drop your chin on to your chest for a long period you are stretching the whole structure.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, it could lead to serious consequences.

You can use the phone is better ways with voice recognition, siri or simply call people instead of always texting. Take regular breaks and you can even alter your texting positions to avoid problems.

It is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting. In 2011 it was blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns considering the introduction of fines for people who text while walking. “Blackberry thumb” – repetitive strain injury caused by texting – has been joined by “iPad hand”, aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet. The list of ailments expands with every new piece of technology.

Getting your spine checked regularly also reduces your changes of any spinal damage occurring and increases the Brain-Body connection.

Remember, anything worth having (teeth, house, cars....spine) all need to be maintained.

God Bless,
Dr. Matthew Posa

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I was less than a year into practice when a patient named Ray began telling me how much his marriage had improved since beginning Chiropractic care. He pulled me to the side of my open adjusting room, bent over my shoulder, and whispered in my ear that it was neither a psychological or emotional issue he had overcome. Chiropractic had dramatically improved his sex life! Ray’s sex life, non-existent since having his prostate removed 4 years prior to beginning Chiropractic, had returned.

images-2Chiropractic helps men get an erection! And scientific evidence supports that outcome.

Cortisol levels decrease testosterone and destroy sex drive. Being capable of sexual performance requires proper amounts of blood flow to the pelvic area and genitals. Normal body functions are altered when your nervous system is in a state of sympathetic overload, known commonly as a physiological state of fight or flight.

Research shows that a vertebral subluxation increases sympathetic overload (dominance), thus increasing a release of cortisol. The cortisol release decreases sex hormones, sex drive, and normal sexual functions.

A pharmaceutical company invented Viagra to improve heart function. The drug promoted increased blood flow and ended up creating the side effect of increased male arousal. Now, Viagra makes 50 billion dollars a year.

While the drug grew in popularity and profitability, many men reported unfulfilling sexual experiences with their partners. These men described the physical experience as feeling fake and inauthentic, as if their sexual instrument was not even attached to their body.

Research done in 2009 and in 2011 proved that vertebral subluxation directly relates to an increase in cortisol.

A Chiropractic adjustment balances cortisol levels by decreasing sympathetic dominance and stress hormones. The result speaks for itself in a variety of health benefits, including increased libido and sexual satisfaction.

Many of life’s greatest gifts and pleasures become significantly enhanced through the power of Chiropractic care.

God Bless,

Dr. Matthew Posa D.C.

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Hint: It’s not about learning a new way to cope with it…
We are fighting an impossible battle if our goal is to eliminate stress.

Stress will be a permanent fixture in all of our lives….that’s a fact! And stress does kill!

However, the key to a healthy life and future is to properly adapt to stress.

I hate it when the experts instruct people to learn how to better cope with stress or that society must manage stress better.

What does that mean? How do you learn to manage stress? How would you know you are doing it well?

We believe that stress is not about just learning to cope with it.

In fact, there is something you were born with that has all the answers….YOU!

Think about it, you did not have to remind your heart to beat this morning, or your lungs to breathe, guts to digest, blood to travel…you get the point!

The intelligence that made you, and keeps you ticking every day, holds the answers to managing stress. Your body already contains the capacity to fully adapt to stress without you even thinking about it. The key is to remove anything that would get in the way of your brain-body connection.

Science is now showing us a secret key to unlock this innate potential to deal with stress.

Check this out…
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The picture above is from a study of a brain under MRI imaging. On the left you see the brain lit up many areas. It looks like you are flying over a city at night and looking down at all the lights.
They put this individual in the MRI and then created a stress in his body to measure how the brain responds. The spots of light represent all the areas the brain is recruiting to help adapt and handle that stress.

What happens next is revolutionary….

They took that same person out of the MRI and gave him a chiropractic adjustment. Once he was under the MRI scan again they created the same stress as before to monitor the brain’s response.The picture on the right is the same person adapting to the same stress, this time after a chiropractic adjustment. WOW!

Was there less stress? Nope, it was exactly the same.

But his scan clearly shows less areas being recruited to cope with the stress.

Chiropractic adjustments bring balance, harmony, and organization! Less energy and more efficiency in dealing with stress is a result of Chiropractic care.
It is a key component to dealing with stress!

The name of the game is Adapting!

Equip yourself properly.

Let’s tell the world about this!

 

God Bless,

Dr. Matthew Posa D.C.

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