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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Transformation Tuesday Week Two- Maximized Nerve Supply

Transformation Tuesday Week 2- Maximized Nerve Supply

This 14 part series from Davidson Chiropractic continues with a presentation on maximizing nerve supply.    Today’s presentation concentrates on spinal alignment to prevent health issues.  The video presentation discussed:

  • True Health
  • Why We Should Care
  • Fixing the Spine Faster
  • Top 3 Dangers to Your Spine
  • Best Practices for sitting, sleeping and driving
  • How to Lift Properly
  • 3 Actions to take this week.
True Health
Most of us think health is about how we feel or the absence of illness. We can feel great, but have heart disease or cancer or other major health issues.  Dr. Davidson defined health as the body being able to have 100% healing and function.
Why We Should Care
The average retire couple will need $416,000 for health care costs if they live to be average age. If they live longer than three quarters of the population they will need $614,000 for their medical expenses.

We in the United States spend more per person on health care than any industrialized country yet:
  •  Are last in infant mortality.
  • Are #1 for Depression.
  • Are #1 for degenerative illness
  • Take 50% of the prescription drugs in the world ( yet are 5% of the population)
  • We are ranked 37th in health by the World Health Organization.

Chiropractic care has been shown to be very effective. A seven year study on patients with a chiropractor as their primary care doctor experienced:
  • 60% less hospital admissions
  • 59% less days in the hospital
  •   62% less outpatient surgeries
  •  85% less in pharmaceutical costs.

The brain and spine control all of the functions in your body.  The nervous system is the key to good health.  Your body has 15 billion nerve cells.  The nervous system is the key to good health. The spine protects the spinal cord. The spinal cord receives signals from the brain and sends them via nerves to every part of the body.
The spine should have three curves of about 45-49 degrees. If any of the sections lose their degree of curvature, then health issues can start and chiropractic care is needed.

Hippocrates said; “Look well to the spin for the cause of disease.”
Fixing the Spine Faster
Any mis-alignment or damage to the spine can cause loss of function which can lead to inflammation in the body or disease processes. Dr. Davidson talked about chiropractic adjustments and the good outcomes patients have experienced.
Top Three Dangers to the Spine
The top three risks to the spine are:
  • Thoughts
  • Toxins
  • Trauma

Stress and negative thoughts can create stress in our bodies. Stress can make the shoulder and back muscles tense. This can lead to alignment issues that have to be corrected.  Focus on the things you can change and have control over.
Things in the environment such as:
·        Neurotoxins (heavy metals)
·        Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides
·        Bio toxins ( Lyme disease, mold)
·        Artificial flavors, sugars, preservatives.
This can be a onetime incident like a car accident, or repeated use like typing on the computer.

Best Practices
Office-Monitor should be at eye level.  Sit with your back against the chair or right at the edge of the chair with feet flat on the floor.  Your key board should be within easy reach.
If you are texting, try not to look down and hunch over.

When driving keep your seat upright and tilted a bit down if possible. The headrest should be upright and your hands should be at 8 and 4 on the steering wheel.
No big wallet in your back pocket. Make it small and wear it in a front pocket.

Sleep on your back or on your side.  Use a thin pillow for back sleeping; your ear should be over your shoulder.  No fetal position if side sleeping and use a thin pillow between your knees.
Use the split squat or legs. To do the split squat, one leg is forward and you squat down to pick up the object.  Keep the spine upright. When bending over to pick something up, try and move from the pelvis instead of rounding the back.

Actions This Week
·        Review the goals set last week.
·        Drink 1 liter of water with the freshly squeezed juice of one lemon.  Drink this first thing in the morning to help detox the body.

The presentation closed with this quote from Thomas Edison; “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in the diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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