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 it 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).
Contrast that to a new paradigm of healthcare used at Exodus Chiropractic 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.
To provide further insight on how the body adapts physiologically under stress, here at Exodus Chiropractic Dr Pete likes to 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!
At Exodus Chiropractic, we have a lot of unique terms and vocabulary. In our office, we have a big poster that asks, “Are you being chased by a tiger?”
What does that mean?
Being chased by a tiger in synonymous to a body that is under constant and chronic stress.
God has created your body to “adapt to” and “recover from” stress. STRESS (ie. physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual) affects us everyday of our lives – it’s inevitable and unavoidable! However, our body’s were created to “adapt physiologically” to the stressors in our lives and then return back to a place of homeostasis and rest. Dr. Pete often says, “A little stress motivates, more stress complicates, but a lot of stress breaks down and deteriorates the body.” The problem lies when the body loses it’s ability to return to a place of homeostasis and rest.
It is the lack of resiliency to stress that leads to all the health problems that people face today.
Common physiological changes to chronic stress (symptoms of being chased by a tiger):
- High Blood Pressure
- Digestive issues
- Weight Gain
- Hormonal imbalance
- Dural adhesions
- Difficulty sleeping
- Taking blood thinners
- Auto Immune problems
- Blood sugar issues
- Reproductive issues
- Attention Deficit
- Learning Disabilities
- Neurological degeneration
- Chronic illness
At Exodus, our goal is not to treat the symptoms of stress, but to address and heal the source.
We cage tigers!
Caging tigers is a process. At Exodus, we have developed a model of care that identifies the true threat – STRESS, cages the tiger of stress, and increases the body’s resiliency to it. Our A3 model of care is broken down into 3 phases…
Phase 1 – Adaptation
- Break all harmful neurological patterns on the spine that prevent the body from properly adapting to stress and the environment.
- Add building blocks to sustain the new changes.
- To bring the body from a place consumed in stress, to a properly “Adapting” body.
- Survival is the main goal of this phase – to get your body to a state where it can adapt and endure.
Phase 2 – Awareness
- Retrain the body to properly “Adapt” & “Recover” to stress and the environment.
- So your body can regain proper “Awareness” to the internal and external environment in which it lives.
- Retraining the body is the goal in this phase. Just as someone who has woken up from a coma must re-learn how to walk.
Phase 3 – Abundance
- To facilitate the body’s ability to continually Adapt and Recover.
- This final phase will allow your body to Express Health and Experience Life to the fullest.
- Our ultimate goal is for your body to be able to Experience and Express.
Our ultimate goal at Exodus Chiropractic is first to always first glorify God, and second, to help your body express health so that you can experience life to the fullest!