All Processes Take Time
Last updated on August 18, 2023
By Dr. Todd Gignac DC
In the time it takes you to read this article, you will breathe in and out approximately 50 times, your heart will beat hundreds of times, and your body will create tens of thousands of new cells and break down an equal or greater number of cells that are at their end stage of usefulness for health. At the same time, your nervous system is evaluating your environment to maintain and regulate your temperature, maintain your posture, read and understand the content of this article, and create short-term and long-term ideas that will become a critical part of your worldview. Think that is amazing? Consider this, every second of your life your nervous system processes, organizes, reacts, and adapts to 300 million or more different pieces of information, and does so with amazing success.
As fast as the nervous system is at processing and adapting to our external environment, and regulating our internal environment, it is easy to forget that the current state of our adaptability started approximately 9 months before we were born and it has been getting better and/or worse consistently every moment of every day we have been in existence! Your nervous system is literally an ever-learning, fluid entity that creates and recreates its function at once, minute to minute, and also as a whole throughout a lifetime.
True health and a highly functioning nervous system are the sum total of all your decisions, actions, attitudes, ideas, habits, and lifestyle choices from the moment you were conceived. Whereas you cannot change your history, you can change your future. You can become more conscious and have complete control over the aspects of your life that most affect your health. A short list of the critical components includes, but is not limited to, becoming more selective of your environment (internal and external), your body (your daily habits of exercise, posture, and flexibility), your diet (when what, and how much you eat), and your thoughts (stay positive and choose hope, love, and gratitude).
As a Chiropractor, I cannot tell you how important conscious lifestyle choices are when it comes to living to our full potential! The people I see daily in my office have made a conscious choice to become healthy, to get stronger, to honor their physical body, to free their nervous system from stress, and to live each day as if it is the first day of the rest of their lives; an amazingly powerful position that leads to celebration and freedom.
The choice to honor the relationship between our spinal health and total health is yours. Physical therapy can also play a valuable role in achieving optimal health and wellness, especially when combined with chiropractic care.
Thank you to Dr. Todd for allowing us to share this piece on our platform.