Love Your Spine
Every Thursday I do some volunteer adjusting at the COS Dream Center. It’s a non-profit clinic that supports women in need. I love going and adjusting “my ladies” as I call them! They have given me more over the years than I could ever possibly give them.
One time I was adjusting a lady name Kathy at the DC. She is the sweetest old lady you’ll ever meet. She’s always telling me about her church and prayer group and how she gets them all up and dancing as often as she can! As I was adjusting her she looks up at me with a smile and says, “you must love spines.” I looked back at her and said, ”No! I HATE spines!” I explained to her that all day every day my job is to fight against stupid spines that are literally all bent out of shape. I told her that what I love is your nervous system and its my job to keep your spine in proper order knowing that when you have a misaligned spine it disrupts the signals that your brain is sending down to your body! I feel like I have been locked in an eternal battle against spines in order to protect the flow of life from your brain above, down to your body below!
She was taken aback so I quickly smiled and told her that I was joking because the truth is that YES, I absolutely LOVE spines.
The more I study about spines the more amazed I am at God and His creation. He really did design us perfectly. When He breathed life into dust and made you, He planted that life in your brain and nerve system. But He knew how vital and delicate that life was so He protected it. He gave that life armor. First He made your skull to protect the brain. But He knew that your brain had to send signals down to the entire rest of your body, so He made your nerve super highway, which is your spinal cord so that those vital signals could get to every nook and cranny of your body.
Interesting side note here, there is no anatomical difference between your brain, brainstem, and spinal cord. It is more accurate to think of your spinal cord as a continuation of your brain than to see it as a separate part of your body. Neat!
Knowing how vital the spinal cord would be for life, God gave it armor as well. There are only two things in your body that are entirely surrounded and protected by bone: the brain and the spinal cord. Cool! Life is protected! But God also designed us to MOVE. Imagine trying to bend over if your spine was as solid as your skull. Try climbing a tree, or picking up your child with a rigid spine. So instead of one big bone God built 24 movable bones – your vertebrae! In between each vertebra there are specially designed spaces for your nerves to exit so they can go out and run your body and give you life.
The problem is that because He created those 24 bones to twist and bend so that you can run, and dance, and work, and play in life they are able to get out of whack. When that happens the hero becomes the villain. An out of place vertebra will always interfere with the flow of life out to your body. That’s called a subluxation. In English it means “less than a luxation” which is less than a dislocation. In Greek it means “less light”. Less “light” flowing to your body. I don’t know about you but I want as much light, as much life flowing to my body as God intended!
So this “Valenspines” week, take some time to thank God for your spine, get your subluxations adjusted, and take care of your spine throughout your ENTIRE life because He only gave you one and without it you’d be nothing more than a helpless blob of jelly!
In Health and Faith,