The Mind-Body Connection - Part 2
Last post, I talked about how the spine is the vital link in the mind-body connection. I explained how your power plant, or fuse box, in your body is the nervous system. Your spinal cord and peripheral nerves act like phone lines in the body, relaying messages from your brain to your body and vice versa.
This time I’m going to elaborate further on this topic. Almost all of what chiropractors study is not the bones of the spine, but rather the nervous system. The nervous system is composed of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The components of the central nervous system are the spinal cord and the brain. The peripheral nervous system includes all of the nerves and the wiring. My focus is about moving the hard bone off the delicate nervous tissue that runs as a cord within the vertebrae of the spinal cord. That is why chiropractors are not just back doctors. In fact, what fascinates me most is how to use the power of our brain and nervous system to our own power and advantage instead of it using us.
Here’s a story of how a chiropractor tapped into the power of the nervous system. D. D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa practiced his “magnetic healing” at his clinic, Palmer Cure and Infirmary. A deaf janitor named Harvey Lillard worked around the building late at night. Lifting a heavy crate 17 years earlier, Lillard heard a pop in his back and then went deaf. One night D. D. Palmer asked Lillard if he could work on him with his magnetic healing. The deaf man agreed.
Dr. Palmer noticed something strange on Lillard--boney protrusions on his back. So he made a bold decision and forcefully pushed on Lillard’s back, which caused the unaligned bone to fall back into alignment. Then once-deaf man could hear again!
This occurred on September 18, 1895 and became the first documented chiropractic adjustment in the United States. Dr. Palmer called it chiropractic, for the “chiro,” a Greek term referring to hands, and “pathic,” referring to a healing process. It should be noted that chiropractic did not come into existence that day in Iowa. There are records of similar techniques from China and Greece dating back to as far as 2700 B. C. Hippocrates, a Greek physician, famously said, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this, is the requisite for many diseases.”
Chiropractic has been developed into a brilliant science that people have utilized for optimum health and longevity. When you consider the wonders of the mind and the capacity of the body, it’s no wonder the mind-body connection has become one of the most important health issues of our time. You must take care of your spine and nervous system--your connection--to stay healthy and reach your full potential.