Post #100: Why looking after your spinal health is important

I’m so excited, this is the 100th post on The Wellness Plate! After starting this blog in September last year, I had a good feeling that it would be the one that would stuck, and I’m happy to say it will be around for a long time 🙂 
Today I’m going to talk about one of my biggest passions, and the single thing that decidedly moved me from wanting to be a mainstream Medical Doctor, to wanting to be a holistic Dietitian and Wellness Practitioner. Today I’ll be talking about Chiropractic and spinal health. My wellness journey started as a single job application among hundreds. When I arrived to Australia fresh out of my first year of Medicine, I was looking for a job in medical reception, so I could get some experience in the industry. I got quite a few interview, but none of them felt right. Then I got a call from an incredible lady called Davina, and her call set me on my path. 
 

The company that started my journey (Thanks Davina!)
http://www.flourishenterprises.com.au

The first interview I went to was a group interview, and  I was completely inspired that there was a job out there that people were so utterly passionate about. Davina has this huge passion for the industry, and to be honest, I never knew about Chiropractic, but her words and inspiration make me feel like I just HAD to be part of this.  I unfortunately didn’t get that first job, but the universe had something better in store for me. Davina called me a few weeks later and asked me to come for an interview at a different clinic. This time it was a big inter-disciplinary clinic lead by one of the most experience Chiropractors in Perth, Dr Simon Carlin. 

I cannot thank both Davina and Dr Carlin enough for the life changing experience of being a Chiropractic Assistant, it is one of the most fulfilling jobs, full of teams of insanely passionate people, who’s incentive everyday is to helped the world see and discover their true health potential. It was due to the incredible team at Karrinyup Wellness Centre, and these two inspiring community leaders that I chose to start on the path of Nutrition and Dietetics. (If you guys are reading, THANK YOU). 
The reason I bring this up now, is that yesterday I was at the Dynamic Growth Experience, which is basically a conference for Chiro’s, their teams and Chiro Students. Being part of that community, and hearing how truly incredible everyone involved in Chiropractic is, I have to share this message. If you are interested in the health and well-being of yourself, your family and your community, Chiropractic is for you. There is alot of misinformation about Chiropractic around, on the Internet, and from people who just don’t know what we do. 
 

What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a Primary Health care alternative, which in its most basic form looks after your spinal health. What you have to realise though, is that spinal health is crucial to your entire body. Your spine encases the superhighway of your nervous system, which takes messages from your body to your brain, and back the other way. If these messages are interrupted by poor spinal health, then the health of the rest of your body will not be optimal. Chiropractic ensures that your spine is free from interruptions, and is able to send messages correctly. This is done through adjustments. 

 

Why is that relevant to me?
Most of my clients ask me “but why should I go to a Chiropractor if I don’t have back pain”. This is an easy one, basically because interruptions sometimes don’t actually present as pain. Sometimes interruptions can go for years completely unnoticed, and in the meanwhile will be secretly affecting your digestion, sleep, hormones, mood, immune system and your ability to be your best self. And so, I believe that every single person should be checked by a Chiropractor at least once in your life. It is vital to your health, and if you are like me, I want to be the best version of myself, so I can achieve amazing, awesome things, and be the best I possibly can. I also know from studying Nutrition, that if the signals from your brain to your digestive system aren’t functioning, your body can’t process your food properly, so no matter how much of the most nutrient dense food you eat, you will never be getting the full benefit. 

 

Who should get Chiropractic?
I think everyone should be checked by a Chiropractor at least once in their lives. I see the perfect time for this as soon as you are born. Babies are full of life potential, and new gorgeous energy, but the birth process is traumatic. Its stressful, and often babies end up being twisted, pull and vacuumed out. Which is a huge problem for the spine. If a babies spine is misaligned this young, then how can their body grow, develop and learn properly? However if a baby starts getting Chiropractic care from day one, then they are set up for a life of optimal growth and development. However stress and trauma doesn’t stop at birth, throughout our lives we have falls, accidents, and generally, we live our lives. So with all this, how can the messages be correctly sent through a spine that is misaligned? If you care about the health and wellbeing of your family, kids, friends and yourself, then get checked by your local Chiropractor. 
 

They say once you start getting Chiropractic, you have to keep going…..for life!
This one is completely and utterly true. From my previous point, life is stressful and traumatic and at any point the messages can stop being sent properly, and you may never know until its bad enough to get pain. Therefore, if you are getting checked say, once a month on a regular basis, then any of the stuff that life throws at you can be can be supported by you body. Chiropractic has become my number one form of health care, because I work there I am lucky enough to be checked and adjusted once a week, but for Wellness care once a month is perfect. 
 

“Chiropractic has become my number one form of health care”

I was lucky enough to see some incredible speakers yesterday at Dynamic growth, and one of my favourites was Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani. She is an inspiration to Families, Parents, Mothers and Fathers, and advocates for Chiropractic care to become the leading healthcare for families. And I completely agree with her. In my time at the Wellness Centre, I have seen incredible things happen for families who start care. Usually it begins with one family member coming in with pain. They get amazing results, then the rest of the family start coming in. The family begins to be healthier, sleeping better, getting less sick. The family is more active, they are happier, they have bigger goals and dreams, and they start to fulfil those goals and dreams. I am looking forward to reading Dr Jennifer’s book “Well adjusted babies” over the uni holidays.
In our current worldwide health climate, there needs to be a change in how we deal with the health of ourselves and our families. We all know drugs and surgery are not the way to go, we need to take preventative action and really give a damn about our own health rather than leaving it in the hands of those who don’t care that much, or are looking to make money out of us. We need to be community leaders, and inspire others to care, we need to stand up and share our journey’s and information. The reason I do it, is because I want the world that my children are born into to be a better, brighter and healthier place, and the only way I know how is to be a leader in the community, and stand up for the health of the people around me. 

 

Ok, so now what?
Well, there are a few things you can do, the first and most important step, is go and find a good Chiropractor, the best way to do this is to get a referral from a friend. 
Secondly, join the industry! If you want to be part of the big change, join us in a healthcare revolution. Be part of the growing community of healthcare professionals wanting to make real lasting changes in the healthcare system. If we all rally together, there is huge change that we can make, and I would love you t e part of it. 
Thirdly, take your health into your own hands. Be proactive and don’t wait for things to break. You can achieve incredible amazing things in your life, but you can only do it if you are healthy. 
 

 
I would love to know if you get Chiropractic care, and what amazing benefits have you received from it? (Comment below)
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