They say that at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold. This old Irish folktale is as unlikely as the Leprechauns who are said to guard the gold. As we approach St. Patrick’s Day this year, we are reminded of this notion of luck. It’s said that you either have it or you don’t.
When it comes to health and wellness, I often hear people attributing the condition of their health to luck. People say, “I’m so lucky I didn’t get sick this year” or “I have bad genes because I’m always sick. What bad luck!” but health is not by chance and luck is rarely involved. The good news is, you can choose your own fate, by deciding to be healthy and well.
In reality, if your nervous system is in good working order you will be able to fend off any sickness that you come in contact with and you won’t “catch” things from others easily. A person with a compromised or unhealthy immune system will often be sick because their body cannot adapt to the things that are thrown at them daily. They will be more sensitive to germs or bacteria than someone with a healthy immune system. Thus, a healthy nervous system = a healthy immune system.
But what exactly does my spine have to do with getting a cold or being sick?
The nervous system is the communication system between the brain and every organ, tissue, cell and muscle in the body. Because this complex system is housed within the spinal column, when our spine is misaligned it puts pressure on the nerves. Communication can become blocked and our systems (including our immune system) can’t function properly. This is when our body and immunity breaks down and we become sick or much more susceptible to getting sick.
Chiropractic adjustments keep the pathways of the nervous system clear and working properly, allowing your brain to communicate smoothly with your complex systems, keeping YOU well. We were born and designed to be healthy, not sick.
Remember that good health starts from within. It does not come from pills, bottles, creams, or the air, and certainly not luck.
“The power that made the body, heals the body” – B.J. Palmer