By Dr. Pete Sulack
A paradigm is a way of looking at things– a set of glasses through which we view reality. The best illustration of the importance of how we frame the messages we receive is to remember places from your childhood. Fields, trees, forts, even buildings and rooms seemed so huge when you were a child; but when you revisit those same places as an adult, they look much smaller. Were they actually a different size when you were small? Or did your frame of reference change with time and growth?
There is a medical or allopathic paradigm that views health as simply the diagnosis and treatment of symptoms. One term that is often used in this philosophy of health is pathology. According to its definition, pathology is an alteration in the chemistry of the body; resulting in its being abnormal, sick, or broken. This allopathic model is simply the study of disease (what pathology one has), and death (how one will die from disease).
I contrasted that to a new paradigm of healthcare which focuses its attention on health; and how a person lives. What a contrast! In this model, the term adaptive physiology replaces pathology because it teaches that the body will adapt physiologically to its environment or to the stress it is under. This is important, because treating symptoms will never address the root cause of what is truly taking place—stress.
I want to provide further insight to you on how the body adapts physiologically under stress. To do this, I will use the “rubber band” analogy. When your body is properly adapting to stress, the spinal cord is in its most relaxed position – like a “rubber band” resting in the palm of your hand. When consumed by stress, the tension on the spinal cord increases. The Dura© (the outer layer of the spinal cord) stretches and twists, like when you pull on both ends of a rubber band. When stress becomes chronic, your spinal cord can no longer achieve a relaxed position. Nor can it return to its normal state. Harmful neurological patterns can then develop and make it impossible for your body to adapt and recover. Our A3 model of care breaks these harmful neurological patterns and restores that stretched and worn out rubber band (your spine) to its original and healthy condition!