Defense or Expansion?

Defense strategies like a stiff spine, hunched posture, and a tight jaw help keep us steady in the face of challenges. When they come to dominate our daily life they have a drastically negative impact on our overall health, well-being, and enjoyment of life.

The ability to live well is innate to each one of us. The true nature of a human being is to feel good, express love, and be excited for life. Unfortunately, physical tension and mental or emotional stress frequently work together to block us from experiencing the abundance in life. Did you know that muscular tension, negative feelings or emotions, as well as stooped, bent, or hunched posture are all defense strategies? What is a defense strategy and how does it affect your health?

Every living thing is lives every moment in one of two ways. One way is with defense strategies which create self-protection. Examples of defense strategies from nature are animals that freeze motionless in place to avoid being seen and eaten, animals that arch up their backs and act aggressively to scare perceived threats, and creatures that carry armor with them in the form of shells like a snail. The other way of living is a state of openness and it provides us with healing, rest, growth, connection, learning, and development. Defense strategies can help us survive in emergencies, but they stop every other function that is essential for living well. A snail will be safe inside of its shell but it will not be able to move around, eat food, or have any kind of relationships with other snails as long as it stays closed up inside its shell.

From various stressful experiences in life we develop defensive thoughts, defensive feelings, defensive behaviors, and defensive postures which close us off from the potential to live truly well. Like the snail, when we pull our shoulders forward and our head down we reinforce our sense of self but we lose our connection to the good life. In fact, with your head down to look at your cellular phone the spinal cord lengthens by up to 5 centimeters. In this position you are pulling on the brainstem and restricting the vital flow of blood to the front part of your spinal cord. In this way, a person normally exists in a state of chronic stress, with defense strategies keeping them away from their own natural state of health and well-being. At Chiropractica Universale the goal is to help you to shift from defense to openness and growth. Not just for a quick dose of relief but for a real change from the inside of each person that creates permanent improvement in alignment with your unique nature.