At Blackbird Natural Health, Dr. Bobby Jones uses gentle instrument chiropractic adjustments to balance both body and brain function.
In acute cases, like automobile accidents or other traumas, physical injuries are common occurrences and respond well to chiropractic care as we affect the nervous system to reduce the pain while stimulating the healing response and keep the joints moving while their body heals.
But what about chronic pain? How does chiropractic help?
Most people see chiropractors to deal with chronic pain issues. Did you know pain is a symptom of nerve stress? It is actually an alarm your nervous system produces to alert you that it can no longer adapt to it’s current condition to function.
We often hear people say that they have a “bone out of place”. But do they? Most likely not. What they most often have is a chronic “inappropriate neurological response” to a stress. What that means is that over time they have developed a less efficient movement/posture patterns to compensate for old injuries. Since their body was never designed to physically compensate for long periods of time, overuse pain patterns develop.
The key is to find and address the old problems. We use a combination of various techniques to best determine the appropriate direction of care to release the current painful patterns as that we can uncover the problems that started it all. Then we can work on that. Our office uses gentle no-force adjusting techniques to reduce neurological stress without overwhelming the nervous system.
Why We Look at the Brain
Today, we are faced with the new kind of stress never before seen in human history, and it’s directly related to our high-tech, overloaded lifestyles. Doctors are calling it ‘“super stress” and the effects can be devastating, robbing you of good health, energy, mental harmony and quality-of-life.
Your body is designed to be in a relaxed, healing state most of the time. These days, however, most people spend the better part of your day in the super-stress state call the “fight-or-flight” response.
First a primer on Brainwaves.
Neuroscientists have categorized different brainwaves based upon their frequency (think of a radio that has stations transmitting on a particular frequency on the radio dial). The faster frequencies include Beta which is associated with the reaction to stress (fight or flight). Slower frequency brainwaves are Alpha (conscious relaxation/meditation and daydreaming), Theta (subconscious relaxation, where we hold memories, sensations and emotions) and Delta (deep sleep). Your brain is creating all of these frequencies at the same time, however at any particular time one or more frequencies with be increased while others are inhibited.
Your brain copes with fight-or-flight by producing more of a high-intensity brainwave known as beta, and suppressing the more relaxed Alpha. Once your brain habituates to this new stress response pattern, it becomes more difficult for you to wind down and relax. Over time you may experience faulty thinking, poor memory, lack of motivation, negative self talk, difficulty concentrating and lower energy—all of which set the stage for unhealthy lifestyle habits such as stress eating, alcohol abuse and smoking.
Stress Response Testing (SRE)
On your first visit or early in your care, we will perform a Stress Response Evaluation using the Neuroinifiniti in order to assess your brain’s response to stress. Just as important is to evaluate your brain’s ability to recover once that stress is removed. With this information we can better determine the best course of care for your particular concern.