Learning to be Healthy is Like Learning to Ride a Bike

When you first learned to ride a bike, some­one had to teach you the rules of the road.  In my case it was my dad who taught me:  ride on the right, wear a hel­met, use hand sig­nals, and so forth.

It’s all good advice.

But even when you know these rules, you still don’t know how to ride.

bike rider

You’ve learned an exter­nal data­base of bike-rid­ing relat­ed ideas.  But your brain, mus­cles, and bal­ance sys­tem still can’t auto­mat­i­cal­ly coor­di­nate their actions to keep you in bal­ance and mov­ing for­ward.  That takes a dif­fer­ent type of learn­ing process.

In the world of pre­ven­tive health­care, it’s like being told to eat nine serv­ings of veg­eta­bles, exer­cise every day, get ade­quate sleep, and the like.

It’s all good advice.  And you should fol­low it.  But it’s an exter­nal data­base of health-relat­ed ideas.  It’s not enough.

None of it trains your brain, diges­tive tract, kid­neys, liv­er, and endocrine glands to auto­mat­i­cal­ly coor­di­nate their actions to cre­ate improved health.

These inter­nal organs are sim­i­lar in many ways to the biceps, pec­torals, quadri­ceps, and oth­er mus­cles that allow you to ride a bike.  Just like your mus­cles, they need an inte­grat­ed game plan in order to do their job effec­tive­ly.

When the back­ground chat­ter in the brain and spinal cord is out of bal­ance, your pro­cess­ing cir­cuit­ry gets over­loaded.  Then your inter­nal cal­cu­la­tions lose accu­ra­cy and your health will also be out of bal­ance.

That’s why your men­tal state has such a sig­nif­i­cant impact on health.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, our ter­mi­nol­o­gy to describe these men­tal states is inad­e­quate.  Gen­er­al terms like “anx­i­ety” and “depres­sion” are just the start.  The cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem takes on a much wider range of altered states than can be expressed with these gener­ic descrip­tions.

That’s where man­u­al ther­a­py comes in.

A tight mus­cle restricts your motion and makes you weak­er.  But a tight mus­cle is also an altered sig­nal being fed back into the brain.

A spinal joint that’s jammed blocks move­ment and can cause pain.  And it’s anoth­er source of abnor­mal body-brain feed­back.

Manual Therapy — The Future of Health Care

Most peo­ple imag­ine that the sci­en­tif­ic health­care of the future will involve a whole lot of advanced chem­istry and high tech gad­gets and giz­mos.

I don’t think so.

Man­u­al ther­a­py — using hands-on treat­ments to improve health — is one of the most ancient health prac­tices.  So it’s odd to think of man­u­al ther­a­py as one of the cut­ting-edge, sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly advanced treat­ments that will rev­o­lu­tion­ize the health­care of the future.

But man­u­al ther­a­py works direct­ly on the body’s most sophis­ti­cat­ed inter­nal con­trol sys­tem, the ner­vous sys­tem.  Hands-on treat­ment is sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven to elim­i­nate block­ages to opti­mal brain func­tion and help your inter­nal organs work bet­ter.

Sure, eat­ing your veg­eta­bles and get­ting good sleep are impor­tant steps to pro­mote health.  But to tru­ly boost your inter­nal health intel­li­gence, unclut­ter the abnor­mal sig­nal pro­cess­ing in your brain, and improve your auto­mat­ic con­trol mech­a­nisms, expe­ri­ence the future of health­care — man­u­al ther­a­py.


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About Aaron Bynen

Aaron is a health conscious individual living in the Pacific Northwest.

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