What controls the things that happen in your life?

1. Do you believe certain things just “happen” to you, maybe just by luck or caused by other people, without your ability to stop them or change them? 

2. Or, in contrast, do you believe you have the power to make changes in most areas of your life? This belief is described as “locus of control.”

If you answered “yes” to question 1, you have an “external locus of control.” If you answered “yes” to question 2, you have an “internal locus of control.” Your beliefs about control can have a great influence on your decisions and behavior. We commonly experience some wonderful personal accomplishments in the first two decades of life: feeding ourselves, walking, tying our own shoe laces, learning to whistle, riding a bike, driving a car, graduating from high school, finding a job. Each of these accomplishments toward adulthood brings with it a feeling of personal satisfaction and self-confidence. The feeling of “I can do it myself” is a very powerful realization.

As we mature however, we begin to accept the fact that there are certain things that we cannot change. This can become a problem, though, if we view as “unchangeable” some important aspects of our lives that we can control. 

For example, most of us have experienced health problems during our lives. We may have grown dependent on the authority of other people to tell us what is wrong and what to do about it. We may have lost the sense of choice about healthcare. Traditional medicine focuses on treatment of symptoms; however, the symptoms are not the true problem. Symptoms result from underlying problems which compromise our health, and these problems may worsen over time unless the underlying cause is addressed. Chiropractic care focuses on finding and correcting the cause of the symptoms and uses natural means to correct the problem. 

Many times the underlying cause of symptoms is a subluxation (misaligned vertebra). Chiropractors focus on the human body as a whole unit, with special attention to the importance of the spine. Nerve impulses flow from the brain, through the spinal cord, to the rest of the body. Optimal health depends on the successful delivery of these nerve impulses to the organs, tissues and cells of the body. Each of the spinal vertebrae protects the nerves.  If a vertebra is misaligned by injury or the activities of life, the nerves can be affected and a health problem can result. Chiropractors correct the misaligned vertebrae with an adjustment and restore the free flow of nerve impulses through the nerve system. This enables the body to heal itself.

We have many choices in our lives these days: more options in the grocery store, on the internet, in the automobile showroom.  We also have the most important choices to make in healthcare, and you have the power to choose wisely. Make your choice the natural, safe and effective choice. Make your choice chiropractic care for yourself and your family.