We’ve said that a strong foundation is necessary for your body. What, then, is a Structural Shift? What causes problems to your body’s foundation?
First, understand that to find what is abnormal, you must first establish what is normal. For example, we know that normal body temperature is 98.6 F. That number gives us a standard to judge body temperature. We know that there is a standard for normal vision, blood pressure, even the air in our tires. When it comes to the structure of the body, though, it is more accurate to say that there is a normal range for proper function.
At Specific Chiropractic, we are looking for a significant three-dimensional shift of the spine away from normal. We have a global body perspective. We look at your entire structure. But, we place special emphasis on the Upper Cervical spine, and we employ Upper Cervical methods. This gives you an advantage. The Upper Cervical spine is a special part of your body’s structural support system that is vital because it involves the brainstem and spinal cord. Structural problems in this area are especially complicated and more difficult to resolve.
We don’t expect anyone to have ‘perfect’ structure. We have a realistic goal. However, once outside the normal structural range, your body must constantly fight against gravity and other forces. Standing, walking, running, and working all become more difficult than they should be. The result, over time, is damage to spinal bones, ligaments, discs, muscles, tendons, and more. You begin to feel discomfort because the body is damaged. This is the Structural Shift.
Our approach is to address that Structural Shift, rather than address the discomfort. We choose to correct the Primary Condition, rather than the Secondary Conditions. Since Secondary Conditions are caused by Primary Conditions, very often they are improved by improving the Primary Condition. It is important to understand that Secondary Conditions caused by Primary Conditions will never be resolved until the Primary Condition is resolved. Make sense?