The body carries incredible innate resilience potential when facing germs. The body adapts and overcomes sickness amidst countless environmental variables.
One family member gets the flu or a cold and another does not. One co-worker succumbs to sickness and another does not. The difference rests in the health potential being exhibited by one person and not in the other.
When two or more people encounter bugs and germs, the people whose immunity levels function at the highest levels become less susceptible to falling ill.
Two key preventative measures outweigh all pills, drugs, and vaccines. The first tactic involves avoiding the contact and ingestion of germs as much as possible.
Hand washing, house cleaning, and avoiding densely populated areas of sick people will enable the body to better fight battles against a lower quantity of germs and bugs. The reality of most lifestyles still dictates the impossibility of completely avoiding illness-causing pathogens.
The second tactic consists of maximizing the body's ability to adapt and fight invading entities.
Many ways exist which produce a proven increase in natural defense against germs and sickness.
Numerous studies reflect the health benefits that come from proper nutrition and lifestyle habits that include reducing sugar intake, remaining active colder weather, and getting ample sleep each night.
Chiropractic provides one of the most powerful resources to improve immunity and adaptation. A chiropractic adjustment reduces stress in the nervous system, so the body can easily recognize, surround, attack, and eliminate germ influence on the body.
One indicator which reflects how well the body combats infections is in the amount of immunoglobulin carried in the blood stream. The immune system uses these antibodies to neutralize pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Research findings from a study published in 2011 showed spinal adjustments increased a specific immunoglobulin responsible for fighting off specific pathogens that contributed to infectious illness.
The study further explains why Chiropractic patients achieve stronger immunity and defense against illness. Over 120 years of Chiropractic research proves that no substitute exists for the natural health potential available in a well-functioning nervous system.
Germs operate year-round. Optimal health results from a proactive approach which includes a nutrition plan, exercise, rest, and regular chiropractic care. Nothing can replace the body's incredible power to fight infectious disease all year round when given the chance to operate at peak levels of performance.
Yours in Health,
Exercise Once a Month.
Eat whatever you want 98% of the time.
Lose weight and get toned.
It's as easy as that!!
Sounds great right?
So how do you get these amazing results through this simple and amazing method?
Sorry for the awful bait there but let's be real, those are going to get you nowhere.
We can't expect REAL RESULTS without knowing that some time and effort need to be a part of our routine.
Current exercise recommendations include at least 120 minutes of exercise/week!
And that is to maintain, not for weight loss.
Diet is a continuous process to maintain health.
I will be completing a new blog in the coming weeks for those interested in weight loss/diet/exercise that goes more in depth but for now...
I bring this up because the work we do is very similar.
When it comes to our spine, regular maintenance is key.
We can't expect to have miraculous structure if we don't maintain good structure in the spine in the first place.
**If you find yourself asking, 'why would I need good structure?' look up numerous blogs I have done providing a connection between the structure of our spine and the health of our body.
RESTORING structure takes time and repetition. Just like regular exercise and maintaining a proper diet.
If you are looking for a fix that gets to the root of the issue, not just a temporary patch.
If you want to get definitive answers to a completely objective examination.
If you want to find out exactly what is wrong and exactly how to fix it.
Look to Structural Chiropractic. Look to Restore Family Chiropractic.
We are here to help!
Yours in Health,
Goals are a very important part of care in our practice.
They help give me a clear picture of what you want out of care.
These goals are one of the reasons I get so passionate about what I do.
No one should have to deal with any of this on a regular basis, and we have had amazing stories come out of accomplishing those goals.
But I want to bring up something deeper than those goals.
Yes, A lack of secondary conditions (symptoms) is GREAT and I am not downplaying the absence of them.
What I have been thinking a lot about is what you can do after these symptoms are actually gone!
Here is an example of why I am bringing this up:
I have a patient who has just finished care with GREAT RESULTS!
Severe low back pain even after surgery GONE. Day to day life and flexibility much improved thanks to Structural Chiropractic,
But here's the deal: He loves water skiing. But how can you water ski with low back pain that keeps you from doing much simpler, less intense tasks than that?
Answer: You just don't go anymore...
And that is where he, and many others, were/are at. NOT doing something we love because of: xyz.
And therein lies the true essence of what I want my care to achieve.
You should be able to do anything that you love doing and not be hindered by whatever your xyz may be.
So here is the almost-ending to the water skiing story:
In two weeks, he will be going on vacation and, you guessed it, water skiing, for the first time in YEARS because this is the first time he has felt confident enough to try.
Sounds fantastic right?
I couldn't be more excited or ecstatic to be a part of this journey.
If you are as curious as I am to see how the actual skiing goes, I am told that I may get a chance to see videoed proof of the event so stay tuned to find out how everything goes!
So now I want to pose some questions to you.
What could you get back?
What are you missing out on?
What if it was easier to get there than you thought?
You deserve to enjoy life. Restore is here to help.
If you want to find out what it would take, schedule a consultation.
No cost, No commitment. Just a conversation to see if we can help.
Thanks for reading!
Yours in Health,
This topic can always be a little tough to discuss.
BUT, I boast a practice known for it's candor, and this topic is no exception.
Why is it tough?
Well, I want everyone to be better the moment they set foot inside my doors. However, that isn't the way the human body works.
It is important to discuss, yet again, the differences in care you can receive through different chiropractors.
Traditional Chiropractic is anything that can temporarily reduce pain, muscle spasm, etc. Through this care you may be able to see short term relief with acute issues. Though they may come back.
Structural Chiropractic is about long term results and herein lies the reason I wanted to discuss results.
When I discuss health concerns in my office with almost everybody, I hear about conditions that have been going on for weeks, months and even years.
AND, symptoms are an END result of a change in structure that has already been there for quite some time.
THERE IS NO PROCESS THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE TIME.
This statement holds true when I discuss what care will look for an individual.
Because, if it took time leading to these symptoms IT WILL TAKE TIME to restore that condition.
The hardest part about what I do is always right at the beginning.
I usually hear phrases like:
"Things feel worse..."
"I feel the same..."
"I'm really sore..."
And to be honest, it can be tough to go day after day hearing those quotations but I have such a strong conviction that we are moving in the right direction that I keep working on making them better.
(I throw in objective exams to ensure progress is being made.)
Then the day comes.
The day I hear new phrases.
"I haven't noticed X,Y,Z at all"
"I feel better then I have in years"
"I'm so glad X,Y,Z is gone!"
And the time it took to progress to that point is nothing but a distant memory along with whatever secondary conditions was ailing them.
So, I ask YOU now. If you are dealing with long term symptoms,
Would it be better to go through changes sooner or later?
Would you rather see these symptoms as a distant memory, or a daily occurrence?
There is no time like the present, to be a better you.
If you want a problem gone for good, There is no "quick fix" or "magic bullet".
Time and repetition are key to lasting change within the body.
Can things get worse before they get better? Of course. But it means that things are CHANGING for the better!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Aaron Hildreth
So I, as I often do, spent some time in what is known as "The Chiropractic Text Book". A book that we analyze very early on in education to lay the foundation of understanding what we as Chiropractors are trying to accomplish within the human frame.
I like to review it from time to time to ensure the strongest foundation possible so that I can always give my best to every. single. person. who walks through my doors.
Recently, I came across a certain section that I wanted to bring to light as I find it to be exceptionally important.
So bear with me because I want to quote some of the book but the rhetoric is fairly out dated with the current lingo so after, I will break it down as best I can!
- Adaptation -
"Adaptation is the movement of an organism (you) or any of its parts (organs, tissues, etc) to use or circumvent 'environmental forces'.
Adaptation is a continuous process - continually varying."
"to use or circumvent environmental forces"
Seems to be a pretty important aspect of our body right??
Adaptation is what separates the human body from the grains of sand on a beach left to the will of the wind and the rain.
No Adaptation = No Life
If we lose some of our ability to adapt, It's like we are not working up to our body's full potential.
The better we adapt to our environment, the better we feel, function and deal with everyday life.
So how do we begin to lose this adaptation?
Interference to the one system designed to coordinate our adaptation.
Interference to our Nervous System!
Where does this interference come from?
First, our body must perceive what is going on around us and send that information up to the brain to be processed faster than any computer.
Then, the brain sends instructions down to the body to adapt to that perception.
ALL of that info is sent via the superhighway that connects them called the spinal cord which is housed in the, you guessed it, spinal column.
So, now we have all of this information being transported by all of these nerves coming into the spine, working perfectly UNTIL...
Until we have a structural shift in the spine. This shift can stretch or put pressure on the nerves we rely on to communicate these vitally important messages.
Nerve interference can reduce our adaptability over time leading to a slow fade of function within our body.
Loss of function isn't very noticeable until we lose enough of it for it to cause big problems -OR- until our body needs as much adaptation as we can get.
So now here is a question?
When the time comes for you to need the best adaptability possible, will you be functioning up to your potential?
Will you be living without interference?
If you want to find out what you can to to have the best function/coordination/organization/adaptability in your body possible, you need to find someone who focuses on the structure of the spine and the nerves that run through it.
Someone who knows how to RESTORE function and RESTORE adaptability.
Truth be told, your body is able to do all the work you need to live a great life.
All it takes, is making sure there is nothing in the way of adaptation!
Yours in Health,
That's right! It's resolution time!
How do I know?
I mean, aside from the new year beginning, of course.
Well, I share a wall at my office with a gym. And I sit right near that wall when it comes time to do paperwork. That huge mound on my desk that never gets smaller.
I hear two noises from the other side of that wall:
1.) A microwave.
(Seriously, when the food is done, take it out. Or else it just. keeps. beeping...)
2.) A telephone
And that telephone has been ringing off the hook these last few weeks with people getting ready to start down a road of these new resolutions.
To begin a new journey of health and fitness.
To be completely honest, I hope that these resolutions come to fruition and we all stand at the end of 2018 with our goals vanquished.
Join me back in reality, and I hope most can stick it out until we have warm weather again..
So let's talk about resolutions.
What are yours? Exercise. Eating better. Reconnecting with friends. Take a vacation.
I want to talk about one general resolution we could all use.
To be Healthy. Right? A pretty simple, yet exceptionally important goal.
But what does healthy mean?
Able to run a certain distance?
Absence of symptoms?
Little to no illnesses?
Those are all important, yet don't quite tell the whole story.
Health is so much more than just feeling. Health is about FUNCTION.
How your body functions is the true measure of what our health is.
How our body deals with stress on a regular basis is what allows us to live a symptom free life.
If our body is not functioning at 100%, we experience more illness, more pain, and, in general, more DYS-function.
But how do we know we are not at 100% when symptoms don't give us the answer?
In 50% of those who have heart disease, the first sign is a heart attack.
Often times, sciatica doesn't arise until years after nerve irritation.
We need to identify and address these hidden issues before they become BIG Issues.
Let's get to the resolution section:
Resolve to find out how you are functioning, not just feeling.
Structural Chiropractic is PROVEN to increase our bodies function, which in turn, improves feeling!
Structural Chiropractic is proven to improve:
Immunity = Less illesses
Posture = Less pain
Sleep = Wake up every day more refreshed
Pregnancy = Have a healthy 2018 baby!
The growth process = Give your kids the Chiropractic advantage
+ Healthy kids grow up to be Healthy adults!
Exercise = Nearly every professional sports team and the U.S. Olympic team incorporate Chiropractic into training because of the benefits.
And So Much More!
Make 2018 the healthiest year yet!
Make a resolution to increase function this year!
We'll be here to help!
Yours in Health,
I get asked often, "do you adjust babies?" Not kids, infants.
Tiny newborns. No muscle mass, floppy headed, all they do is cry, poop and sleep, little babies.
And the answer is, "let me tell you a story".
A story about one of the best moments of my life.
My wife and I were sitting in a movie theatre and as the lights went down she leans over and whispers, "I think I'm having a contraction".
And thus began the journey of welcoming our baby girl into the world.
Now, I know everyone knows that the birth process is traumatic for mom and baby, but watching it first hand I can truly say, IT IS TRAUMATIC FOR MOM AND BABY.
What do I mean by traumatic? I saw so much pressure placed on my daughters head and neck as she was being born. And to be honest, there was no way around it.
Simply put, it is just naturally a stressful process.
That is why, as soon as I could, I checked my daughter for a structural shift in her spine, less then an hour after she was born.
When I had found a shift of her atlas, (the top vertebrae in her neck) I adjusted her.
Quick sidebar: When I tell this story I often get a look of horror as people assume all chiropractic adjustments are the same.
No more pressure is used to adjust a baby then checking the ripeness of a tomato. So no, I didn't 'crack' her neck.
After the adjustment, my hands still on her, I watched as her arms and legs extended and relaxed and a huge sigh escaped from her lungs.
Favorite adjustment given. EVER.
And now, 1 month later, I can say we have a pretty good daughter.
Sure she cries, but she cries with definite purpose.
Sure she only sleeps 3-4 hours at a time, but she is a Month old.
She is a wonderful baby!
So now I ask you a question: Was your birth process traumatic?
Of course we all know the answer!
So how about another question:
Is it worth making sure your child develops and grows uninhibited?
I think you know the answer to that one as well
So make sure your kiddo gets checked, it's never too late to give your kids the best advantage possible!
So, Yes I do adjust babies!
Yours in health,
"Start with Why."
A great book by Simon Sinek about great companies starting with just that question.
So, I thought it about time to share my why to 2 of the most frequent questions I get asked:
Two great questions that I had to answer before even thinking about being able to help others!
So I'll answer each of them during this blog, each important.
So stick around for the whole thing for a look into what drives Restore Family Chiropractic!
Question 1: Why did I become a Chiropractor?
Short answer: I care about people getting better using a natural approach.
Long answer: I know my short answer is cliche. So I find it necessary to include more detail:
I have always had a strong desire to see people healthy. But I also had a desire to identify the underlying causes of issues instead of covering up symptoms. And I wanted to find ways to get to the root cause. And in my preparation for choosing a career, I found Chiropractic pop up a lot.
***Really Quick*** I am NOT saying there are NEVER moments when covering up a symptom is the wrong thing to do. To just function through the day, I get it. BUT it shouldn't be a long term solution, hence, correcting the underlying issues should be a priority!
Everywhere I looked for natural solutions for common ailments, Chiropractic was there. So I started my long journey towards becoming someone who could help.
And not just help, but educate and help people make great decisions regarding their overall health. Because, to be honest, Chiropractic can't cure everything, and if it isn't the best solution for you, I want to help you find what is.
Question 2: Why did you focus on one aspect
This one is due to a personal story.
But premise: If you don't know this about chiropractic - not each one of us is the same.
One more time for dramatic effect:
Not all chiropractors are the same!
Just as others can specialize and focus within their respective field, pediatrics, specific conditions, long term care, etc, chiropractors can as well!
So, back to my personal story -
I wanted to find a way to help people get rid of their health concerns for good, forever, completely.
During my search, early in school, I had someone very close to me, my wife, going through extremely bad hip pain.
Hip pain so back that by the end of the day, she would get home from work and cry out in pain.
And I couldn't do anything to help her. Talk about the worst feeling.
She went to her M.D., had x-rays, was told nothing there was nothing to diagnose and there wasn't much that could be done except to manage the pain. Not the best news.
So, we finally had a chance to try out my new profession and what it had to offer as I was just getting started in the program.
She started getting adjusted via Traditional Chiropractic:
If you have ever been adjusted, chances are you have been adjusted this way as well.
Adjustments to the spine to create temporary decreases in pain, muscle spasm and increases in range of motion.
They can be very beneficial for some, but for my wife she got minimally better and then it always came right back soon after her adjustments.
Enter Structural Chiropractic.
She was analyzed and was found to have NeuroSpinal Shift in her lower back, leading to her hip problems. (underlying cause leading to symptoms)
She then started to get adjusted via Structural Chiropractic:
Small adjustments to the spine over time resulting in a better foundation and reduction in NeuroSpinal Shift, resulting in reduction of the secondary conditions. (I.E. Hip pain.)
Then, one day, she came home and said she had NO ISSUES ALL DAY.
No more pain at night, when she woke up, at work, walking, sitting, ...
And it has been that way ever since! She has now even gone through pregnancy, without the common aches and pains thanks to Structural Chiropractic.
MY PATH WAS SET. I knew that this is what I wanted to do for people who had lost hope and have been told there were no remaining options.
Because that is where WE were.
She, tired of coming home only to be able to lay on the couch the rest of the night in pain.
Me, helpless to do anything for her.
I don't want ANYONE to be in that situation.
So, now you know WHY.
Finally, if you know of those who are in that situation, tell them about having more options. Structural Chiropractic SAVED our household, which is why I want to share it with others!
Yours in Health,
If there was a way to make your pregnancy better would you do it?
If there was research proving that something very simple would improve your chances of having a healthy baby, would you be more interested?
My wife and I are a mere 4 weeks (give or take) until our lives change forever!
Yep, just 4 weeks until our new baby girl arrives.
We (my wife) have been through quite a little these last few months.
For anyone who has been through this, I don't need to present the list.
For anyone who hasn't, it's long, though still worth it.
Now I could spend the entirety of this blog talking just how much my wife has been a champ through this whole thing, but I'll leave it at this-
She has been amazing, strong, and growing our child with a grace and glow I can only stand to smile at.
She, so far, has had a pregnancy many could only dream of.
(minus the kidney stones of course)
First trimester nausea was only ever that. Food always stayed down.
and this short little story.
'Our last OB appointment, our doctor was asking all of the standard appointment questions to make sure everything was ok. Then she asked, "how is your low back pain and your hip pain?" Katie: "I don't really have any"
Our OB was so surprised because at this point in the pregnancy, not being in pain is such a rarity!
So naturally I told her that Katie was seeing a fantastic chiropractor!'
Why is this?
Because she has a body functioning the way a body is supposed to during pregnancy.
Let me break it down for you. Because, if you, your wife, your sister, aunt, etc, wants a pregnancy the way your body was designed, I have a way to make that happen:
Pregnancy is a process in which a woman's body goes through an immense amount of changes and stress.
As stress is placed upon the body, a normal and stable foundation (your spine) starts to get lost.
An incorrect or unstable spine can put pressure on our nerves. The very nerves that connect our body and brain with information to keep us functioning the way we are supposed to.
We are much more prone to these issues during pregnancy.
To make sure we keep a stable foundation, we need to see someone who is an expert at keeping our spines well aligned, even in the midst of an increase in stress upon the body.
But please don't just take my word for it.
Research done in 2014 shows that simple adjustments to the spine can produce significantly improved pregnancy outcomes.
Research has proven that spinal adjustments improve pregnancy and health outcomes for both the mother and the baby.
It also shows that a much higher chance of the mother having a healthier, shorter and much more successful birthing process.
What would you say the most important asset in life would be?
What are the most important things in life to you?
I know many things can come to mind and there are so many different things we want to enjoy in life.
Having a family.
Buying a brand new sports car.
Going on Vacation.
There are so many things we can enjoy in life,
let me make a case for one more asset that is more important than any other.
There is no other asset more important than your health.
And here's why:
We can enjoy anything our hearts desire. We can drive our brand new car, take a well deserved vacation, play games with our kids/friends.
We can do and enjoy everything until...
Until we don't have our health.
When we live in the absence of health, we lose the ability to enjoy,
If our body starts showing secondary conditions (symptoms), like pain, it makes enjoying things much. more. difficult.
And on and on and on.....
What does this mean?
We HAVE to take care of this asset!!
We NEED to take care of the one thing we literally can't live without.
Well, I can't list everything here. But what I can do is talk about one of the topics I know a lot about.
Making sure we have a stable foundation.
If our spine, our foundation, is working the way it is supposed to, then secondary conditions won't rise up.
Simple as that.
So find someone that can provide the best care possible of your foundation.
Make sure to take care of your #1 asset!
Yours in Health,
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