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You were born to be healthy! Your body is a self-healing organism. Your brain controls and directs all parts of your body. Your brain is connected to your body through your nervous system, which is made up of your spinal cord and nerves. Your brain makes sure that your lungs breathe, your heart beats, your muscles flex, your immune system functions, etc. Health is the ability to successfully adapt to stresses in your everyday life. Stresses can be physical, chemical or mental / emotional. Three things are needed to maximize the expression of energy in your body to
help you keep growing stronger and healthier:

  • Positive focus in life

  • Healthy lifestyle (proper diet, exercise and rest)

  • Clear connection between body and brain


Your body is constantly changing every moment you are alive! There are only two ways that your body can change in any moment: you can either get a little STRONGER, or get a little WEAKER. For example, if you exercise, you get stronger… if you don’t exercise, you get weaker. If you eat good healthy food, you grow stronger… If you eat junk food, you get weaker. If you have happy, healthy thoughts, you get stronger… If you only have negative, angry thoughts, you get weaker. Remember that your brain controls and directs all parts of your body. Therefore, if your spine is misaligned and putting pressure on the nerves, this reduces the energy flow to your body, making you grow weaker… spinal adjustments increase the energy and you get stronger. To have a clear connection between your brain and body, you need a well-aligned and functioning spine. Specific chiropractic adjustments restore the connection between brain and body. Every chiropractic adjustment is a part of the healing process, therefore even only one adjustment will make a difference.


Functional Wellness is a holistic approach to health that looks at the whole person, not one specific area. It addresses the root cause of ill health by looking at each individual using a patient-centered approach to uncover the underlying cause of dysfunction. The practitioner must understand all the body systems and how they interact with each other as everything is connected. This can be thought of as a "Swiss Watch" with its gears representing each system in the body. If one gear stops, it effects every other gear as well as the function of the watch. Many factors influence out health such as genetics, environments, and lifestyle factors. With functional wellness, practitioners spend time with their patients to understand all aspects of their life to better understand which areas of the body need attention.


Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function is unique in the healing arts, it has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence. The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures. The triad of health lists the three basic causes of health problems.  They are
structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient´s health problem.


Good nutrition, exercise and other healthy behaviors may help your body heal. A good plan for healthy living can improve your quality of life. It might also lower your risk for future illnesses. Start by doing things you enjoy. Expand your efforts as you can over time.  Plans can be individualized to fit a patients specific needs such as foods to consume or avoid as well as individualizing specific types of movement and exercise.


So what’s the formula for a healthy athlete? The right amount of exercise, of course, but also an intelligently designed diet and the right lifestyle factors. And that’s where chiropractic care comes in.
Chiropractors can remove imbalances to alleviate stressors on your body’s nervous system and restore the general health of your body. Good posture, muscle strength, and spinal health are all interconnected. In other words, what impacts your spine also impacts physical performance. A healthy spine can support your body weight and the stressors of daily life, but the more your body and spine fall into disrepair, the less trauma and stress it can take. When you bring the body back to its ideal state, you can ward off injuries, promote healing and repair, and maintain peak physical health as you grow older.

9 Ways to Maintain Peak Performance

1. Eat a nutrient-dense diet that optimizes performance.
2. HIIT in moderation. 
3. Focus on recovery and repair. 
4. Optimize sleep. 
5. Manage stress. 
6. Minimize environmental toxins.
7. Listen to your body. 

8. Visit your chiropractor regularly.  
9. Get the right nutrients.