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Heath and disease are not opposites but rather they are states on a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum that starts with our birth, for most of us, is health.Here,our bodily processes are functioning smoothly, progressing through stages of growth and development. We have abundant energy, full ranges of motion, and clear thoughts as well as optimism and enthusiasm for life and it's challenges - which we see as opportunities. When we're healthy, though we may cut ourselves, sprain an ankle, suffer a disappointment or catch the occasional cold we recover quickly. In the state of health, it seems almost all that is necessary to maintain the state of health is to eat good food, drink plenty of water, exercise, breathe fresh air, sleep and practice good hygiene. When we're healthy, it's easy to think we should live forever.
Near the other end of the spectrum is disease, where bodily processes and organs no longer function adequately or in harmony with each other such that they impair normal living. Daily tasks are a burden - if we have the capacity and energy to perform them. Enthusiasm and confidence give way to fear and worry. We want to rest but can't, or don't want to sleep so much but must. We can't play hooky and go fishing - we have to go the doctor or work to pay the medical bills. Interventions like drugs and surgery are required to cause the body to do what it once did naturally. Sometimes,organs and systems function so poorly we must find alternative means to accomplish their work, as with dialysis or replacement joints. Once in the diseased state, the six fundamentals of health - food, water, exercise, fresh air, sleep and hygiene - no longer enable the body to heal itself, restore its normal function, and maintain the state of health.
Disease is the domain of the medical community and rightly so. Medical doctors are trained to recognize and address disease. If, in our examination we encounter evidence you may have a disease condition which will not respond to nutrition alone, we will refer you to an appropriate medical doctor. If you do have a disease we'll not try to treat it but will continue to seek to support and restore the nutrition processes that your body may be in best position possible to resist and recover from the disease.
For many of us, there is no sudden lurch from the state of health to disease. Rather, there's a transition over decades where small changes in our bodily processes indicate we're no longer as healthy as we once were but these changes do not constitute a disease. The changes come one by one but add up. The changes may begin after a stressful event - a car accident, sports injury or divorce, when we go off to college; or at 30 when we have two small children, a mortgage, and an unsatisfying career. Perhaps we can no longer eat everything we could as a teenager; we never had an allergy as a child now it seems we have constant allergies; colds linger for weeks; or we're easily irritated, more prone to say 'no" than 'yes'. If we sprain an ankle we limp for a month. Our head or stomach hurts, belly's bloated, gas stinks, nose runs, eyes itch, joints ache, muscles writhe, or bones hurt. We have back pain every day. We're tired all the time. We stop exercising. Laughing is something we used to do far more often. We know our body is no longer working, but no one is able to tell us what is wrong and why or how to fix it. The solutions offered are often coping mechanisms - something to relieve the pain but nothing to return us to the state of health we once knew.
There is good reason to be concerned for the changes. Our experience and education tells us these changes are the precursors to disease.
Perhaps you've been told these changes are normal, just part of the aging process. "Get used to it." We disagree.
In our experience, each one of these changes is explained by interruptions in the nutrition process, a change in the ability of your body to digest, absorb, utilize and eliminate the food you eat in order to gather the materials and create the energy required to manage and support your bodily processes. When we resolve the blockages to sound nutrition, the symptoms disappear. We stop aching, burping, burning and limping. We sleep better, find energy to exercise, and laugh more.
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Our 96th Street office is convenient to north Indianapolis, Nora, Carmel, and Zionsville.
Chiropractic Office Hours
Dr. Mary Jo Johnson
|8:00am-4:00pm||10:30am-6:30pm||8:00am - 4:00pm||
Therapeutic Massage Hours
Becky Troyer, CMT
|10 am - 7:30 pm||11 am - 6:30 pm||11:30am-7:40pm||10:30 am - 6:30 pm||-||Closed.|
Marie Scott, CMT
* Special appointment only.
Thank you Dr. Johnson - your gentle and holistic approach to chiropractic care and wellness is greatly appreciated. Your work and that of your wellness team is among the best!
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