A vertebral subluxation is a misaligned spinal bone that interferes with the function of the nervous system which carries vital information to every cell of the body. This is what I address as a chiropractor. We were provided a bony structure to protect and house our central nervous system, but that structure is extremely mobile and becomes misaligned from everyday stresses we endure.
The twenty four spinal bones in your back are stacked up like donuts, when one of these donuts becomes misaligned disharmony within the body ensues as a result of nervous system interference. Chiropractors locate these misalignment's, analyze their displacement, and provide a gentle adjustment to assist the body in correcting their location. As a result, stress is removed from the nervous system, a state of harmony returns to the body, and you express more LIFE! Sounds pretty great to me…
“The educated brain of man can build a skyscraper out of wood and steel, bricks and mortar. The innate intelligence of the body can make an educated brain cell out of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In which should our confidence lie?” –Strauss
Educated intelligence is the intelligence that we develop from our life experiences. From the moment we were born our educated intelligence has been developing. It is formed and influenced by the people in our lives, the experiences we have had, and the observations that we have made. We use it as an additional tool for adapting to the environment around us. A human can learn to adapt to a life in the frozen tundra or to a life in the hot and humid tropics. If you try to take a polar bear to the tropics you will have a sad result, the same result as moving a monkey to the tundra.
A chiropractor uses their educated intelligence to locate misaligned vertebrae in the spine which place stress on the nervous system. They use an adjustment to introduce a force into the misaligned vertebrae to correct its location, allowing the innate intelligence (see prior post) to be more fully expressed. The chiropractor then steps back and allows the innate intelligence to go to work. Rather that work is healing injured tissue, shivering in the tundra, or sweating in the tropics; it is work that is done more efficiently with a proper nerve supply.
What does not vary is the level of innate intelligence in our bodies. Everyone is provided the same innate intelligence! It is the same in an adult as it is in a newborn baby, it is the same in a doctor as it is in a heroin addict, and it is the same in a human as it is in a polar bear. Everything that expresses LIFE does so because of the innate intelligence residing within it (see prior posts). It is doing everything it can to make us as healthy as we can be, but it is limited by the capabilities of the physical matter it resides within. The innate intelligence of the iguana, dropped into the tundra, is going to want to heat up the matter which makes up the iguana, but unfortunately the matter that makes up the iguana is not capable of that activity. And the real kicker on top of that? The poor iguana does not possess the educated intelligence to put a wool coat on either! The human from the tundra, dropped into the tropics, is going to strip down and start sweating profusely. The educated intelligence realizes it would be cooler without the clothing on and the innate intelligence instructs the matter to cool itself.
“There is a universal intelligence in all matter, continuously giving to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence, and giving this intelligence its expression.” -Stephenson
The above statement is the major premise of chiropractic, the big idea, what all chiropractic principles are derived from. In layman terms it states that the world we live in is not compiled of a random jumbled mess of matter (stuff), but rather that the matter of this world is highly organized and therefore is an expression of intelligence. This intelligence is the principle of universal intelligence, the principle of organization. Principles are difficult for individuals to comprehend, because principles are intangible laws. They cannot be touched, tasted, heard, or seen. Much like the principle of gravity; you cannot touch gravity, taste gravity, hear gravity, or see gravity; but you will certainly acknowledge it if you slip out of your tree stand in November!
We can acknowledge a presence of universal intelligence by observing the structure of an individual atom in an electron microscope, or to a larger degree by noting the intricate orderliness of the planets in our galaxy. Both examples are extremely complex and highly organized expressions of matter. The movement of our own planet is so highly organized that we use it to keep track of time. Days, months, years, and seasons are all determined by the earth’s movement.
Thoreau gave a great example of the existence of universal intelligence. Imagine you came across a pocket watch lying on the ground. You have never seen a watch before, or even heard of the idea of time itself. As you study the watch you observe it makes a rhythmic ticking sound, soon you determine the pattern of the watch hands, and then you take it a part to observe the complex organization of gears which make up the watch structure. After learning all of this, would you guess that this device you found happened by accident? That it randomly came together without any thought or intelligence required? Of course you would not. The pocket watch is an example of human educated intelligence; the atom, the universe, and the human body are more highly organized in comparison to a pocket watch. Therefore, we deduce the reasoning that intelligence was also required when creating those forms of organized matter, the principle called universal intelligence.
Now you're asking, that is some crazy cool stuff Dr. Zach, but what does it have to do with my health? Well, innate intelligence (view previous blog post) is the expression of universal intelligence within living matter. It is the principle of LIFE. Chiropractors remove nervous system interference to increase the expression of innate intelligence in living matter, or the expression of LIFE in your body. More LIFE in your body, the more health you can expect to have!