The Zen Corner

Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic


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Healing Within: Eastern and Western

Zen Chiropractic realizes that pain, whether mental or physical, has a negative impact on our lives and bodies. Our goal is to establish 100% function and communication of the Brain/Spinal Cord to the body so they can have full capacity for self-control, mental discipline, and help treat many mental/physical diseases. Dr. Zen utilizes Biomechanical Concepts of Science and Energy Efficiency of the body coming from the Healing Philosophy of Chi from the East and Chiropractic from the West for healing mentally/physically from within.

Energy Efficiency: Flow of Chi

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy force is running like a river of energy flowing down the back of your spine. (This energy is called Chi.) This river of energy can be body fluid, blood, electrical nerve conductance, body chemistry that flows down the spine and flows to many different organs. It is known by many Qigong Masters and Acupuncturists that the brain organizes and distributes the necessary energy to heal and function. The brain sends its energy through its nerves, arteriole, vein structures, lymph nodes, and other anatomical structures.governing vessel

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a major flow of Chi along the spine called “Governing Vessel.” The Governing Vessel is the confluence of all the majority of channels, over which it is said to “govern.”  The Governing vessel is responsible for nourishing other organs. Because of their importance to health, the Governing vessel is considered one of the most important Qi channels to be regulated and maintained.

For Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors, they used spinal manipulations called Tui Na Manipulations. They have been doing musculoskeletal manipulations as an ancient practice to create flow of Qi in the body. These manipulations are called traditional bone setting techniques that are more for creating audible noise.

Biomechanical Science: Gonstead Chiroprctic

The restoration and revitalizing of the spine if often misunderstood with cracking of the spine by twisting it very quickly. We all know that cracking our knuckles will not cure arthritis in our hands but we think that it will with our spine. The cracking noise is due to the change of pressure of the fluid of any joint. If the change of pressure in your joint is greater then normal then the bubbles that formed in your joints will pop. That pop is the cracking noise that is well known to us. That cracking noise sends a simulation to our nerves in the joint for the brain to release Endorphins that are natural morphine. So many of you that like to “CRACK” your neck, then you are addicted to the “CRACK!” Many people think that this noise will cure everything but it does little to restore and revitalize spine and nervous system.

Dr_GonsteadDr. Gonstead, who was considered the “Miracle Man,” gave us the basis of a more efficient biomechanical concept of restoring and revitalizing the spine. After seeing 7 million people during his life time, he made a conclusion that bones in the spine will fall backward and tilt, then drag the disc into herniation. Then the disc herniation will compress or interfere with the integrity of the nerve structures and cause decrease in communication with the brain and spinal cord. Then the nerve will slowly lose its structural integrity and degenerate up to 60%. Then the pain and other physical symptoms will appear and people will start to notice the problem in their body.

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This problem of the disc herniation and misalignment of the bone in the spine causing interference of the nerves ability to communicate with the muscles/organs/senses is called Subluxation. It is like a dislocation but not completely ripped out of the joint but slightly out of the original location. Dr. Gonstead simply used a gentle technique to use the spine’s anatomical structure and life the tilted spinal bone to restore the disc and bone to its original location. By doing this the nerve and the rest of the spine will be able to communicate with the muscles/organs/senses to the whole body and restore and revitalize mentally/physically from within.

Chiropractic is Chi-Practice

Using Gonstead Chiropractic and understanding the concepts from Traditional Chinese Medicine made everything into a whole picture of how the body operates together. There is a physical and structural component of the spine that keeps the integrity of the nervous system. There is also the energy of Chi that flows and replenishes and nourishes the body. By keeping the spinal bones and disc restored and all the nerves communicating helps to get full efficiency for the flow of Chi.hand_pain

It is like having someone pinch your fingers. You can do nutrition/herbs/exercises to help your finger but you can only go so far because the finger is being pinched! The blood circulation is restricted so the nourishment from the nutrition and herbs will be limited. Exercises will help to increase blood pressure but the flow is still restricted by pinching the finger. Only when we remove the fingers pinching your finger will remove the restriction and allow the full optimal capacity of blood to flow. Nutrition/herbs/exercises can finally make a huge difference in seeing results.

Many people try to get quick fix from simply twisting the spine and making a “CRACK” noise to induce the morphine response. But only goes so far because it only twists the spine and that does not lift the spinal bones that fell backward and drag the disc to herniate. With Dr. Gonstead’s method of chiropractic adjustment, the nerves and disc will be restored and allow the communication/flow of Chi to the rest of the body.

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