Alignment for Life

Living life powerfully, and living a life you love—who wouldn’t want to experience the joy and happiness that comes with living this dream? Your health can impact your physical, mental and social well-being, as well as your ability to enjoy life.

“Am I healthy?” This is a question that we should all ask ourselves. In order to understand what health is, we must understand what health is not. Health is not:

  • Feeling good. Feeling good is no guarantee of good health. We’ve all heard stories of people who felt great, went to the doctor for routine check-ups and discovered they had cancer?or worse yet, dropped dead from a heart attack that seemingly came from nowhere?
  • The absence of pain. Like a fire alarm, our bodies warn us when something is wrong. Pain is often the signal that alerts us to correct a problem.
  • The absence of sickness. Most people consider having a runny nose, nausea, a cough or sneeze or vomiting “being sick.” In fact, the opposite is true. Our amazing bodies get rid of the toxins in our systems by expelling them through our orifices.

Health is a state of optimal physical, spiritual and mental well-being?not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. This being the case, how do you know if you are healthy?

What many people don’t know is that the brain (along with the nervous system) is the master control center of the human body. It is so important that it is the only organ in our body that is completely protected by bone. The skull protects the brain; the spine protects the nervous system.

The brain sends messages at 270 mph (we call it the speed of life), through the nervous system to every organ in the body. When there is no interference, these messages travel directly to the organs.

However, when there is interference, referred to as subluxation, the brain’s ability to get the information to the various organs is akin to driving on the Dan Ryan, with construction, during rush hour. Subluxation occurs when a vertebra is displaced and irritates a nerve. It interferes with the brain’s ability to communicate with the body, and can lead to significant health problems.

How do you know if you have subluxation? A full spinal exam can identify the condition. When discovered early, subluxation is treatable. Symptoms include neck and back pain, numbness, insomnia, tingling in the arms or hands, fibromyalgia and tension-migraine headaches. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, this may be a sign that you have subluxation.

In order to live your life powerfully, and to live a life that you love, you must be mindful of your health. It is my hope that every human being discovers his or her full potential.” To this end, I am committed to helping my patients achieve wellness and alignment for life.

About the Author

Dr. JeriJo Vandenhoven is a chiropractor and the clinical director of the Chiro One Wellness Centers, 2370 E. 172nd Street, Lansing. Contact Dr. Vandenhoven at (708) 474-4890 or To book a free workshop, screening or health fair, contact Cynthia at  (708) 638-4658.


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