Have you ever wondered what keeps some married couples together for decades?
Surely, mutual love, respect and shared spiritual beliefs are important to a lasting relationship, but possibly the most important factor is...
Without communication neither person can learn about the other nor can they share their hopes and dreams for the future. If communication is not the most important factor, then it is at least the most popular.
Browse through any large bookstore and you will see titles promising to help improve your relationships by teaching you and your spouse to better communicate with each other.
Regardless of whether you are from Mars and your spouse is from Venus, or vice versa. If the two of you don’t communicate well, your life and your relationship are going to be challenging.
If you do not believe me, try going a few days without communicating with your spouse. Can you think of all the disorder this could cause in your life?
Who is going to pick up the kids?
What time will dinner be ready?
What sports does little Johnny have this week and where?
Did anyone call and leave an important phone message?
And these are just a few of the potential challenges you may incur.
The success or failure of any sports team is largely due to its ability to communicate. Imagine if Kieran Reid (or any captain) were to give his teammates the silent treatment in the huddle.
How would any of the players know where to line up, which routes to run, which direction to block or even who the ball was going to go to?
This lack of communication would obviously reduce the chances of this team winning or even performing at its best (to my personal dismay as a South African).
Obviously, communication is important in our relationships with others, both on the field and off.
But there is more, communication is also an important factor in the quality of our internal relationships as well.
For your body to reach optimal physical and mental harmony (what some refer to as “health”), you must have good communication throughout your nerve system.
For your internal environment to function properly, your brain and body need to “talk” to each other via signals sent over the nerves in your body.
Much like a failure to communicate with a friend or your spouse can cause disorder in your relationship, failure to communicate the signals between your brain and body leads to disorder in your body.
Obstruction to the communication lines of the nerve system leads to this “failure to communicate.” One such type of obstruction is a Structural Shift or what some call a Vertebral Subluxation.
A Structural Shift is the name given to a region or a segment of the spinal column that is not moving in an optimal way. This dysfunction affects your brains ability to sense and perceive your body’s internal and external environment.
A bit like walking down your hallway in the dark, you can do it, just not quite as well.
This leads to poor function that can eventually develop into a Secondary Condition (Symptom). Common approaches often focus on dealing with the Secondary Condition (decreasing the muscle spasm, increasing the motion and decreasing the pain), which helps a lot of people.
What we focus on is the Primary Condition, the Structural Shift. This clears up the communication between your brain and your body, leading to better function, less accidents and a healthier you.
A bit like turning the lights back on in your hallway, you were still able to walk down your dark hallway, you have been doing it for years, but now, with the lights on you can do it that much better.
In a similar way, correcting Structural Shifts in the spine, allows your brain to sense and perceive your body’s internal and external environment better which of course leads to better function. Better function, a lot of the time allows the body to self-correct… to heal.
While your we cannot help you with your communication with others, we can improve the communication that takes place within you.
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