HPC Chiropractic takes a holistic view of our patients’ health and wellbeing. We develop an understanding of how trauma, toxins and thoughts have impacted your body through our history and examination. We also encourage you to have a deeper understanding of the four pillars of health. These foundations, along with education and treatment around specific pain areas, form the basis of our chiropractic care model.
The Three T’s
Chiropractors determine that subluxations (joint dysfunctions) occur due to three stresses on the body – commonly referred to as the “Three T’s”:
- Trauma (physical)
- Toxins (chemical)
- Thoughts (emotional)
- Trauma occurs when repetitive strains like poor posture or injuries, place stress on the supportive tissues of the spine.
- Toxins from poor diet, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and external chemicals place stress on the chemical balance within the body. This contributes to joint dysfunction through a mechanism called the viscero-somatic reflex.
- Thoughts (negative) have the potential to be damaging when contributing to the subluxation complex. Emotional stress leads to neurological and physiological changes in the body.
If there is an injury and emotional stress, all of these responses change nervous system function and affect the body.
The four pillars of health
At HPC we believe support of the four pillars of health provide the foundations for a healthy long life. We encourage our patients to understand how to maximise their health and minimise trauma, toxins and negative thoughts that impede their ability to live well. The four pillars are nutrition, exercise, balanced thought and brain-body communication.
In order for our bodies to perform we need to fuel them with the right foods with essential nutrients. When we make poor food choices, we fill our bodies with foods high in sugars, fats and inadequate chemicals, and this impacts our health and wellbeing. By focusing on a balanced diet our bodies can function properly and maintain high energy levels. We need to go back to eating more naturally including fruit, vegetables, lean meats and other proteins, dairy (or dairy alternatives) and water. The right foods also help us to recover from illness and injury faster.
Physical exercise helps you to maintain optimum health. By achieving 30 minutes of exercise per day you can increase your life expectancy and your ability to enjoy life. Exercise can help you to:
- Reduce your risk of a heart attack
- Manage your weight better
- Lower your blood cholesterol level
- Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
- Lower your blood pressure
- Have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower the risk of osteoporosis
- Lower your risk of falls
- Recover better from periods of hospitalisation or bed rest
- Feel better with more energy, a better mood, be more relaxed and sleep better.
Positive thought is around the principle that a negative/angry state of mind can lead to a stressed, pent-up body with high blood pressure and racing nerves. Whereas, a more calm, peaceful, positive state-of-mind can help you achieve lower blood pressure and better internal health.
The brain controls the nervous system which controls every cell in the body. Therefore for us toperform at our peak the brain and the body need to work as one. If nerve supplies to muscles and organs are reduced, then naturally those parts of the body can’t perform as well. Adjustments to your spine can ensure your nerves are functioning correctly.