What keeps you healthy?

Eating right, exercising, coping with stress, getting adequate rest.

And?

Maybe the missing item on your wellness checklist is chiropractic care.

Research points to a strong tie between a healthy immune system and a healthy nervous system.

I believe in a top-down, inside-out approach to health. In other words, a virus or noxious stimulus bombards us, and it is the environment within us that can either fend off or succumb to that attack. Which will explain why, in a room of people exposed to a cold/flu, why some people get sick and others do not. It is their bodies’ ability immunologically to respond to exposure and resolve it.

If you want something stronger than any medication, that is all natural, 100 percent good for you and makes you healthier you need to nurture and support your inner environment and immune system.

Chiropractic care is a pillar of that support.

If you receive consistent, quality chiropractic care, you will feel better. Regular chiropractic care will help you sleep better, help with digestion, help with energy. Think of it like a set of twins, one of whom who takes vitamins and one of whom doesn’t. Over 20 years, the twin who takes vitamins is going to be healthier. It is not something you see overnight, but rather a cumulative effective of a healthy lifestyle.

My belief is the immune system is the regulatory system of the body. It is the master control that tells the body what to do, rather than the other way around. Without a healthy, working immune system, you cannot heal. Without a healthy, working immune system, your aches and pains are not going to get better.

When we hear sick, we think virus. But there’s more to it than that. Low back pain, headaches, healing from surgery. The immune system tackles all those issues, too. Think about it. When we’re coping with those issues, or even when we’re just sick with a cold or flu, we get tired, we get lethargic, we can’t get out of bed. That’s our immune systems pulling the reins back on our bodies. It down regulates us on purpose and uses the energy to start to heal.

For me, the most important thing anyone can do to be healthier, feel healthier, is to address what is causing the down regulation of the immune system, NOT the aches and pains. And just like the twin in our vitamin example who had a cumulative health effect, so, too, do all of us from our environment around us. People have a lot of things bombarding them every day, stress and toxins chief among them. And the body responds. Our immune systems are in rein-back, down-regulate mode for years.

It is called the Seyla Response, named for Dr. Hans Seyle, who found a correlation between stress and immune function. The more stressed we are, the more our body ramps up to counterbalance it. Once the stress goes away, we get sick. The body finally has a chance to heal and our immune system is at ease, so to speak.

Stressful events lead to sickness and corresponds to our aches and pains and our overall body function. An example would be the holidays. When we’re prepping for vacation, worried about work, the visit with the in-laws, the holiday parties at which we’re eating bad food (and lots of it), it is cold outside. And guess what, when it’s all over, we get sick. It is a short-term example of the cumulative effect of stress on our immune system.

I feel the next step in someone getting better, getting over their chronic pain, is addressing the immune system. The stronger we can make our immune system, the better chance we have to heal and optimize our health.

So how do you boost your immune system? Go back to that checklist at the beginning.

We monitor our stress and try to control it. And, yes, I know that’s easier said than done. Simple strategies that might work include labeling our stressors or making a list of them, not taking on more responsibility or taking on one more project, and, of course, seeking counseling. Respect yourself and your need for downtime.


We limit the amount of toxins we’re exposed to in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the environment around us.
We eat right. Nutrition is important. So is eating clean. We feed our body adequate nutrition with less herbicide, less pesticide. Think more organic, less inflammatory foods. We get adequate rest. And we get chiropractic care.

What I do as a chiropractor is remove interference, so the nervous system can work better and can better communicate with the immune system.

If you find yourself chronically sick, always getting sick, experiencing chronic pain, dealing with sleeplessness or just “off,” taking these steps can help you get there. Giving yourself the stability to adapt to changes allows your immune system to work for you rather than against you and the better chance you have of reducing or eliminating those chronic problems in your life.

Regular and consistent chiropractic care can be a step toward that goal. I encourage you to give it a try by calling me for an appointment today. Don’t wait, because even though spring is nearly sprung, there are still plenty of forces working against our immune systems.

About Harris Chiropractic

My goal is to create an efficient, low-overhead clinic that is simple and stress-free to own and operate, so I can focus my efforts on you, the client and patient. Harris Chiropractic is about regeneration…it’s about a new you. I want it to be a safe-house for you, your friends, and your family. I chose to focus my clinic on the patient vs the practice. I wanted a client-centered approach to care and patient-driven therapy. Although getting fast relief from pain and immobility are crucial, I do my best to teach you how to take care of yourself so you can stay healthy and prevent further injury rather than telling you what to do or providing a quick fix.

Choices come standard when it comes to taking care of yourself. One of the most important – and sometimes toughest – can be deciding which health care provider is right for you.

The answer is all of them. Each provider –family doctor, a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a chiropractor, etc. – can play a key role in your well-being and all can work together to help you achieve the healthiest you possible. The key is an integrated approach, which will result in fewer office visits and less expense when done correctly.

Each provider has a role to play.

Figuring out who to see first or who to see when starts with what’s going on.

Patients in pain most often are dealing with some sort of functional disability – their back went out and they’re stuck or some other body part just isn’t moving right or at all. For example, you have a joint not moving right, which is creating a pinching or choking motion. That pinching or choking is irritating the nervous system. An inflamed joint inflames the nerves near it, and the nerve irritates the muscles it goes to and through. In turn, the muscle is going to irritate the nerve that passes through it, and the irritated nerve will irritate the joint. It’s like a loop of pain and discomfort that can have long-lasting and serious consequences if the cycle isn’t broken.

For example, if you have a pinched nerve leading to your heart, over time you’re going to end up with some sort of heart dysfunction.

The job of a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a doctor, an acupuncturist is to break that cycle and we all can break that cycle at different places.

  • Your doctor will give you medicine to help reduce pain.
  • A physical therapist will stretch you out and put more motion into muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • An acupuncturist will work on neurological meridians, your chi, to reduce pain trigger points and muscle irritation and inflammation.
  • A massage therapist will work to create more motion, reduce inflammation and increase lymphatic flow.
  • A chiropractor will analyze the body to detect the pinching / choking point and put motion back into the joint and add mobility.

A chiropractor is trained and licensed to do that:

  • Analyze
  • Detect and remove a subluxation
  • Find a place that’s out of place
  • Then go to work to put motion back into that joint

Chiropractic works by creating a fast relief and long-term health. It is a gentle, safe, effective, noninvasive and holistic approach. We believe in your natural ability to heal yourself.

And I, as a chiropractor, have a unique, four-step process to help people feel better and recover.

  1. First is pain relief. It is imperative that you feel better before you begin to rehabilitate yourself. Pain creates inhibition. Pain turns muscles off. Pain protects your body. For example, if you roll your ankle and you can’t walk normally, you can’t go out and play golf. You simply won’t be able to swing the club properly if you’re bio-mechanically incorrect. So every treatment plan has to start with feeling better.
  2. Once you feel better, the next step is activation; to turn on those muscles that have been turned off because of pain, and to get you moving again. I do this through a series of adjustments paired with a series of specific exercises you do for two or three weeks at home.
  3. The third step is balancing. When those muscles were turned off because of pain, ligaments and other muscles were turned on and were working overtime. So, we work to bring their roles back into balance with series of exercises. Think strength and stretching.
  4. The last step is to get you back to your life: Back to your job, back to the gym, back to your routine. And when you’re back in your routine, we can focus on prevention: Adjustments once or twice a month to keep the situation from arising again.

It’s a comprehensive approach. An MD or an acupuncturist treats pain, a physical therapist helps you regain strength and elasticity and a massage therapist works on your muscles. Chiropractic is going to address all those things and will help you feel better quickly, which, at the right time and in the right circumstances, can be aided by each of those specialists doing what they do best.

For example, if I’m treating you and you’re also seeing a massage therapist who is working on mobility and flexibility, the duration of your treatment is likely to be shorter, think six visits instead of 15.

And that means you feel good again faster, for less expense.