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Chiropractic: "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.Alexander Pope, 1732.

This Pope quote has been used in many different fields of study but I can’t think of better use than when describing, from a chiropractic point of view, what happens to a developing body when vertebral subluxation is never corrected. The visual projection of a bent spine is obvious, but you would be surprised to find out that many parents don’t see it in their own children or even their own bodies. When I point out the high hip, low shoulder or high ear, I often hear a sigh of surprise, “Wow, I never noticed.”

If a physically obvious bent (subluxated) spine is not noticed how in the world would the neurologically relative diseases be noticed? This is where the chiropractic is at its best. Don’t forget that the lifeline of neural intelligence is coursing through the middle of the spine. Millions of axons coming from the brain down through the spinal cord are delivering messages to every organ and tissue of the body. In turn, every organ, tissue of the body is sending status report messages back to the brain through the same conduit, which is the spinal cord. Imagine if that cord was kinked, twisted or pressured somehow? Simply put, there would be interference to the flow of nerve messages. Many situations in life can create the displacement of a vertebra in the spinal column. When this happens, the condition is known as vertebral subluxation.

When children are subluxated and not corrected in a timely fashion, their spinal column can grow crooked. Thus the saying, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” It is important to have your children’s spinal column checked for vertebral subluxation on a regular basis, as they are growing and developing, to avoid crooked spine (scoliosis), poor posture, and worse of all, vertebral subluxation.

John E. Weisberg, D.C., F.I.C.P.A.

Dr. John E. Weisberg has been practicing family chiropractic since 1982.

Dr. John did his pre-medical studies at the University of South Florida and Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Dr. John did post-graduate studies in Orthopedics through the National University of Health Sciences and is an NYS Certified as a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Dr. John is also a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

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