Think globally, act locally.
Imagine you are stuck in traffic. There is congestion in the flow of automobiles on the road. Suddenly the road clears in front of you. There was no accident, no stalled car.
What caused the traffic? If you were to examine each of the cars for physical trouble, you would no doubt find transmissions that needed repair, oil that needed to be changed, faulty steering and pollution control devices. However, did these physical deviations from optimum cause the traffic? Would correction of these “problems” correct the traffic situation? No! Traffic is a function of the relationship between individual automobiles on the road. There is a relationship between the local driving in each car to the global traffic situation.
The same is true with health of your body. Health is about how the individual parts relate to one another. Does one part of the body pick up the slack for the other part, which may be functioning a little less? The flow of energy between the parts and the coordination center (the brain and spinal cord) and the rest of you is what determines your health.
The chiropractor using Network Spinal Analysis understands that your spinal health is a function of the relationship of your body’s parts. It is the role of the nervous system to coordinate all body parts and functions, establishing and maintaining appropriate relationships. It is a function of the movement of the individual spinal bones, and their relationship to the muscles, connective tissues, and vital nerves. As you move, are each of the vertebra functioning in relationship to one another, or is there a structural, energetic and communication traffic jam?
With each vertebra that is adjusted, both your doctor and you will become aware of how the rest of the spine responds. Rather than viewing a particular vertebra as an isolated problem, he or she will adjust each vertebra in relationship to the rest of your spine and its natural self-correcting capacities.
For example: You may have a swayed pelvis with tight muscles in your lower back protecting the lower spinal nerves. Consequently, your middle back may become slightly twisted, distorted and misaligned, pressing, or twisting the nerves in the areas between the shoulder blades. This effects the energy flow to the part coordinated by these nerves. The chiropractor will think globally about your spinal situation, and then locally address whatever subluxation appeared to initiate the total picture.
Often a specific adjustment may involve a gentle touch at a place far removed from the region of greatest distortion. In the example above, a specific correction with barely a touch to the upper neck may be the local action taken to create an unwinding or release of spinal tension and interference patterns. Within seconds, you may experience a release of tension in the lower spine, and an “unkinking” of the middle back, as your body “globally” responds to restore your natural state of ease.
As you are evaluated and adjusted through each of four levels of care, your doctor will consider a larger and larger circle of relationships between your spinal segments.
Your chiropractor will regularly “check in” with you through a series of quality of life inventories, which you will be asked to complete. You can monitor the actual changes that have occurred in your spine, nervous system, your health, and quality of life, as your N.S.A. practitioner evaluates and adjusts your spine.
Over time, your body may globally make its own corrections as a result of specific local actions.
A local interference to the expression of your body’s healing intelligence and forces can have a global effect on your health and quality of life. As the health of individuals in any locality improves, a more naturally peaceful state can evolve in our global community.