Symmetry

My art teacher in middle school, Mr. Thomas, was the first to recognize my lack of artistic ability. This was right before Mr. Garret, the music teacher, noticed the same lack of musical talent, but that is a story for another day. My lack of talent was mostly due to my lack of effort, but my lack of coordination did not help. I did still learn a lot from Mr. Thomas, like when he said that symmetry is beauty. Faces that we perceive to be beautiful are the ones that are most symmetrical.

The crazy thing about our bodies is that we aren’t normally symmetrical, and the difference between the left and right sides can sometimes cause us problems. It’s not uncommon for someone to tell me that they have a “good side” and/or a “bad side”. This may be due to the way we develop and grow, but it also is because of our actions. Walk yourself through your typical morning. What way do you get out of bed? Is it always to the same side? What leg do you wash first in the shower? Is it always the same one? Which hand holds your toothbrush? Your coffee mug? The steering wheel? We favor one side a lot more than we notice, and over time that creates an imbalance.

Chiropractic is a great way to treat that imbalance. The adjustments help mobilize the joint that is constantly only moving in one direction, and the muscle work that we do helps balance out the tissues around those joints. Give us a call and let us help balance you out.

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The Little Things

The human body is an amazing thing, it is capable of lifting hundreds of pounds, running miles and miles, and swimming across lakes. When we think of how our bodies do those things, the big muscles and strong back usually come to mind. That’s not wrong, but it overlooks the millions of tiny processes that occur inside our organs, and inside our cells, to make those amazing accomplishments possible.

Let us take weight loss for example. The big goal is to lose weight by shedding fat. Do you know how we actually lose the fat? We don’t sweat it out, we do not defecate it out either. It does not just disappear; I am sure that would break some law of thermodynamics. We lose weight through the metabolic process that involves breathing. We breathe in O2, the body does its things (that I was told were too boring to include here) and turns that O2 into CO2 which we breathe out. Basically, we lose weight one carbon atom at a time. Do you know how much one carbon atom weighs? Me neither but google says it is 1.9×10-23 grams, which is basically nothing. However, with continued efforts, we can slowly lose weight and change our bodies.

If one carbon atom after another can lead to massive weight loss, what other small habits can create big results? Think how effective doing just one minute of core exercises would be compared to doing nothing. What about one minute of stretching? Your body might not be where you want it to be right now, but by starting small you can accomplish almost any goal. Chiropractic care is a great way to keep yourself on the path to greater overall health. It will help increase mobility, decrease pain, and help stop any small aches from becoming monster pains.

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