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00:00:08:00 , 00:00:09:15 , So what’s the big idea?
00:00:09:20 , 00:00:13:00 , Well, the big idea is your central nervous system.
00:00:13:00 , 00:00:14:15 , Your central nervous system
00:00:14:15 , 00:00:16:20 , is made up of your brain and spinal cord
00:00:16:24 , 00:00:19:15 , and is continually monitoring and coordinating
00:00:19:20 , 00:00:22:04 , every single function in your body.
00:00:22:08 , 00:00:24:20 , If you think of the brain as a central computer
00:00:25:03 , 00:00:28:10 , that controls and coordinates all the functions of your body,
00:00:28:12 , 00:00:31:20 , then the nervous system is like a communication network
00:00:32:01 , 00:00:34:21 , that relays messages back and forth from the brain
00:00:35:01 , 00:00:38:17 , to different parts of the body via the spinal cord.
00:00:38:21 , 00:00:41:18 , The spinal cord is a long bundle of nerve tissue
00:00:41:21 , 00:00:43:21 , which extends from the lower part of your brain
00:00:44:04 , 00:00:46:04 , down through your spinal column.
00:00:46:12 , 00:00:49:10 , Along the way smaller braids branch off from the cord
00:00:49:12 , 00:00:51:02 , and pass out from the spine
00:00:51:03 , 00:00:53:17 , between each of the moveable vertebra.
00:00:53:21 , 00:00:57:10 , These braids divide again and again into tiny nerve fibre
00:00:57:15 , 00:00:59:03 , and fill the entire body
00:00:59:08 , 00:01:02:08 , going to each cell, organ and tissue.
00:01:02:13 , 00:01:06:08 , Every human has an estimated 15 billion nerve cells
00:01:06:13 , 00:01:10:13 , sending and receiving messages through the spinal cord.
00:01:10:19 , 00:01:13:17 , Our nervous system is extremely delicate.
00:01:13:22 , 00:01:17:08 , So what protects it? Our spine.
00:01:18:03 , 00:01:20:12 , This is what a normal, healthy spine looks like.
00:01:20:17 , 00:01:23:03 , It has 24 moveable vertebrae
00:01:23:10 , 00:01:26:08 , each working with the one above and below it.
00:01:26:08 , 00:01:28:03 , A disc separates the vertebrae
00:01:28:03 , 00:01:31:08 , and acts like a shock absorber and a spacer for the nerve.
00:01:31:13 , 00:01:33:22 , So why is a healthy spine so important?
00:01:34:03 , 00:01:37:17 , Well, it protects the spinal cord and the delicate nerve tissue
00:01:37:22 , 00:01:41:12 , and allows us to bend, flex, twist and move freely
00:01:41:17 , 00:01:44:08 , without compromising the nerves.
00:01:44:17 , 00:01:46:03 , If the spine is not moving freely
00:01:46:10 , 00:01:49:19 , it’s referred to as a vertebral subluxation complex
00:01:49:24 , 00:01:52:22 , or, for short, a subluxation.
00:01:53:00 , 00:01:55:22 , Is that right?
00:01:56:00 , 00:01:58:00 , Sub-lux-ation.
00:01:58:06 , 00:02:00:17 , Is there another word we can use for that?
00:02:00:24 , 00:02:02:16 , No, right, OK.
00:02:02:21 , 00:02:04:13 , This is when two or more vertebra
00:02:04:17 , 00:02:07:07 , have lost their normal motion and/or position.
00:02:07:13 , 00:02:09:17 , This can cause interruption to the normal nerve flow
00:02:09:24 , 00:02:12:23 , and interfere with the communication from the brain to the body
00:02:13:03 , 00:02:15:05 , and from the body back to the brain.
00:02:15:10 , 00:02:17:17 , Research at the University of Colorado
00:02:17:24 , 00:02:21:17 , found that it only took between 8 to 10mm of mercury pressure
00:02:21:21 , 00:02:25:05 , to reduce the nerve supply by up to 60%.
00:02:25:10 , 00:02:27:13 , That’s about the weight|of a small coin.
00:02:27:17 , 00:02:29:24 , Compression can exist without pain
00:02:30:03 , 00:02:32:10 , so that means|where the nerve goes to
00:02:32:14 , 00:02:34:24 , can be robbed of up to 60% of its nerve supply
00:02:35:05 , 00:02:36:24 , and you may not even feel it.
00:02:37:03 , 00:02:41:06 , This is what is referred to|as a silent subluxation.
00:02:41:10 , 00:02:44:05 , So what happens when you have a subluxation?
00:02:44:10 , 00:02:47:24 , That area can start to degenerate in as little as 2 weeks.
00:02:48:05 , 00:02:50:20 , This degeneration causes scar tissue to develop
00:02:50:24 , 00:02:53:17 , which leads to more scar tissue.
00:02:53:21 , 00:02:56:06 , This degenerative process can continue
00:02:56:10 , 00:02:58:16 , as long as the immobilisation is present
00:02:58:21 , 00:03:02:03 , and this type of degeneration is preventable.
00:03:02:21 , 00:03:06:05 , Spinal degeneration has nothing|to do with how old you are.
00:03:06:10 , 00:03:09:10 , You can be 60 years old and have a perfectly healthy spine
00:03:09:14 , 00:03:10:21 , or you can be 10
00:03:11:00 , 00:03:14:06 , and have a spine that’s already showing signs of degeneration.
00:03:14:10 , 00:03:20:20 , It all depends on how and when the subluxation occurred.
00:03:20:24 , 00:03:24:17 , If the nerve supply to anywhere in the body is disturbed
00:03:24:23 , 00:03:27:02 , it can eventually lead to a symptom.
00:03:27:06 , 00:03:29:13 , Symptoms are the only way for your body to let you know
00:03:29:17 , 00:03:31:00 , that something’s wrong.
00:03:31:06 , 00:03:33:13 , So let’s go back to the same spine again.
00:03:33:17 , 00:03:35:21 , If you have nerve interference in the cervical spine
00:03:36:02 , 00:03:38:20 , it can lead to headaches, migraines, lowered immune system,
00:03:38:24 , 00:03:41:20 , sinus troubles, hay fever, abnormal sleep patterns,
00:03:41:24 , 00:03:45:10 , eczema, hearing loss, tonsillitis, chronic cough, croup,
00:03:45:16 , 00:03:47:13 , pins and needles into the arms and hands.
00:03:47:17 , 00:03:49:03 , In the thoracic spine –
00:03:49:09 , 00:03:52:10 , asthma, functional heart problems, bronchitis, influenza,
00:03:52:17 , 00:03:54:16 , gallbladder troubles, liver conditions,
00:03:54:21 , 00:03:57:06 , blood pressure problems, indigestion, heartburn,
00:03:57:10 , 00:04:00:10 , gastritis, lowered immunity,|allergies, kidney troubles,
00:04:00:10 , 00:04:01:20 , chronic tiredness.
00:04:02:00 , 00:04:03:00 , In the lower back –
00:04:03:00 , 00:04:05:16 , constipation, menstrual problems, bed-wetting,
00:04:05:17 , 00:04:09:08 , knee problems, sciatica, back ache, poor circulation, swollen ankles,
00:04:09:14 , 00:04:11:16 , weakness into legs and cramping.
00:04:11:22 , 00:04:13:16 , Wow, I’m out of breath.
00:04:13:22 , 00:04:16:00 , And that’s naming only a few.
00:04:16:18 , 00:04:19:14 , Did you know that less than 10% of your nervous system
00:04:19:18 , 00:04:21:02 , perceives pain?
00:04:21:07 , 00:04:24:05 , So, quite often, by the time pain and symptoms appear
00:04:24:10 , 00:04:26:18 , the nerve interference could have been present for months
00:04:27:00 , 00:04:28:15 , or even years.
00:04:28:20 , 00:04:31:04 , Think about when a person has a heart attack or a stroke?
00:04:31:10 , 00:04:33:15 , They don’t actually feel the arteries blocking up
00:04:33:21 , 00:04:37:00 , and usually don’t know anything is wrong until it’s too late.
00:04:37:04 , 00:04:40:09 , Pain killers and anti-inflammatories can cover up the symptoms
00:04:40:14 , 00:04:42:18 , but they don’t get to the cause of the problem.
00:04:43:00 , 00:04:44:10 , By masking these symptoms
00:04:44:15 , 00:04:47:01 , it allows the problem to continue to develop silently
00:04:47:05 , 00:04:49:15 , until there is a major health crisis.
00:04:49:20 , 00:04:51:14 , We all know about the damaging side effects
00:04:51:18 , 00:04:53:21 , that can occur from long-term drug use.
00:04:54:01 , 00:04:56:09 , So, why continue filling your body with drugs
00:04:56:14 , 00:04:59:14 , to hide the cause of the problem?
00:04:59:18 , 00:05:03:10 , You might be wondering what causes subluxations to occur.
00:05:03:15 , 00:05:08:14 , Gardening, sports, computer work, pregnancy, improper lifting,
00:05:08:18 , 00:05:13:21 , arguments, food additives, chemicals, birth, poor posture
00:05:14:01 , 00:05:15:21 , to name but a few.
00:05:16:01 , 00:05:20:04 , There can also be mental causes such as stress.
00:05:20:10 , 00:05:23:23 , The average 5-year-old has had approximately 2,000 falls
00:05:24:02 , 00:05:26:23 , of which|200 are considered serious.
00:05:27:02 , 00:05:30:01 , But usually an isolated event alone is not to blame.
00:05:30:07 , 00:05:33:02 , It’s an accumulation of many of life’s little incidents
00:05:33:07 , 00:05:34:21 , and accidents.
00:05:35:01 , 00:05:36:07 , Recent research has found that
00:05:36:14 , 00:05:38:10 , in births that required intervention by a doctor,
00:05:38:15 , 00:05:41:21 , which means they used forceps, suction or excessive force,
00:05:42:01 , 00:05:45:18 , 95% had upper neck injuries.
00:05:45:23 , 00:05:50:01 , So it’s a smart decision to have your child assessed at an early age.
00:05:50:07 , 00:05:52:20 , So the chiropractor’s job is to locate and correct
00:05:53:00 , 00:05:54:09 , spinal interference
00:05:54:14 , 00:05:57:21 , so your nervous system can perform at its own optimal level.
00:05:58:01 , 00:06:01:04 , Remember, the immobilised area will degenerate at a faster rate
00:06:01:09 , 00:06:03:16 , than the area with good balance and movement.
00:06:03:21 , 00:06:06:14 , Fortunately with the right care and by mobilising these areas
00:06:06:18 , 00:06:08:09 , and creating good alignment,
00:06:08:14 , 00:06:10:21 , the body can begin to slow, stabilise
00:06:11:01 , 00:06:13:18 , or reverse the degenerative process.
00:06:13:23 , 00:06:15:18 , Chiropractors assist the healing process
00:06:16:00 , 00:06:19:14 , by re-establishing the nerve flow to its optimum level.
00:06:19:18 , 00:06:23:07 , this allows the proper communication between the brain and the body.
00:06:23:12 , 00:06:25:10 , Chiropractors don’t treat the symptoms.
00:06:25:15 , 00:06:27:21 , Rather, they remove the nerve interference
00:06:28:01 , 00:06:30:02 , which allows the body to do what it does best –
00:06:30:07 , 00:06:32:14 , heal itself.
00:06:32:18 , 00:06:35:23 , When you get a cut or a broken bone, who heals it?
00:06:36:02 , 00:06:37:21 , Your body does.
00:06:38:01 , 00:06:40:12 , All forms of the healing arts have their place,
00:06:40:16 , 00:06:41:20 , and let’s face it,
00:06:42:00 , 00:06:43:21 , medicine|has an important role to play
00:06:44:01 , 00:06:45:21 , in crisis and emergency care
00:06:46:01 , 00:06:48:10 , and, in these situations, can be lifesaving.
00:06:48:15 , 00:06:49:14 , On the other hand
00:06:49:18 , 00:06:52:04 , chiropractic is vital in keeping your body functioning
00:06:52:10 , 00:06:54:01 , at its best possible level
00:06:54:01 , 00:06:56:00 , by removing nerve interference
00:06:56:00 , 00:06:58:04 , and allowing the body to heal itself.
00:06:58:09 , 00:07:01:01 , So, for health, wellness and quality of life,
00:07:01:01 , 00:07:04:15 , chiropractic is the smart choice for you and your family.

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