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The Hidden You

You might look in the mirror to take a look at yourself, but the real you is hidden from view. It is safely tucked away inside your head and spinal column running the show in the background.

You are your nervous system!  Without your brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia, and sensory organs, life as we know it would be pretty meaningless.

Your brain is the most complex thing that we know of in the entire universe!

Your brain is made up of billions of neurons, it creates your reality and organizes the trillions of cells every second of your life.

In order for your brain to make sense of the world and communicate effectively with your body it has an extension that is called the spinal cord.

Your spinal cord is similarly complex and conducts billions of signals a second between the brain and the body.

The brain and spinal cord are incredibly adaptable and can respond effectively to a wide variety of situations.

If there is interference between the brain and the body then it is impossible for your health and quality of life to be their best.

You are the lucky owner of the most fantastic and incredible thing known to modern science.

Your central nervous system is always on the job making sure you can live life to the fullest.

Make sure that you take good care of your nervous system and you will be rewarded generously by reduced health challenges and an increased quality of life.

image source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2007 May;30(4):263-9 Sarnat RL et al.

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Why Chiropractic is So Important

The function of you spine and nervous system are central to your quality of life. Get your spine checked for dysfunction and be sure you are living your own optimal experience.

Why is regular Chiropractic care such a powerful modality for optimizing health and wellness? Chiropractic directly improves your connection to life because it improves the quality and condition of your spine and nervous system. The spine is not only the structural support of your body, neck, and head; it is also the covering and control panel for your spinal cord, brain and nerve system.

Think about it, every memory, experience, action, thought, and feeling you ever have is only possible because of the connection made by the nervous system from your body to your amazingly complex brain! Not only is your brain responsible for all the things you do, think, and feel but also for all the automatic functions of your body that happen on their own. Things like your heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion, energy and alertness, breathing, detoxification, and biochemistry are also coordinated by the brain and nervous system.

How does Chiropractic affect the quality of the brain by working with the spine? This is possible because the material that makes up your body has a property called “piezo-elecricity”. What “piezo-electricity” means is that there is a relationship between the shape or pressure on something and its electrical charge. Due to the fact that shape and pressure affect the electric properties of your body parts things like posture and abnormal motion in the spine can negatively affect the spinal cord and brain.

If the spine is hunched, twisted, stiff, or tense it will change the signals going up the spinal cord from the brain to the body. What is more, the joints in the spine and the other joints of your body have a direct impact input to your brainstem and other automatic parts of your brain. This is why it is very important to keep your spine in the best possible condition for as long as possible. The shape, tension, and tone of your spine dictates the shape, tension, and tone of your life!

If your spine is not it is likely that your brain and nervous system are in an altered, sub-optimal state. If this is true then your digestion, movements, recovery, and many other vital functions are also in an altered, sub-optimal state! Without the best possible condition of your brain and nervous system you cannot be at your best no matter what kind of nutrition, exercise, or other therapies you receive. The quality of your brain and nervous system directly predict the quality of your life.

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Defense or Expansion?

Defense strategies like a stiff spine, hunched posture, and a tight jaw help keep us steady in the face of challenges. When they come to dominate our daily life they have a drastically negative impact on our overall health, well-being, and enjoyment of life.

The ability to live well is innate to each on of us. The true nature of a human being is to feel good, express love, and be excited for life. Unfortunately, physical tension and mental or emotional stress frequently work together to block us from experiencing the abundance in life. Did you know that muscular tension, negative feelings or emotions, as well as stooped, bent, or hunched posture are all defense strategies? What is a defense strategy and how does it affect your health?

Every living thing is lives every moment in one of two ways. One way is with defense strategies which create self protection. Examples of defense strategies from nature are animals that freeze motionless in place to avaoid being seen and eaten, animals that arch up their backs and act aggressively to scare perceived threats, and creatures that carry armor with them in the form of shells like a snail. The other way of living is a state of openness and it provides us with healing, rest, growth, connection, learning, and development. Defense strategies can help us survive in emergencies but they stop every other function that is essential for living well. A snail will be safe inside of its shell but it will not be able to move around, eat food, or have any kind of relationships with other snails as long as it stays closed up inside its shell.

From various stressful experiences in life we develop defensive thoughts, defensive feelings, defensive behaviours, and defensive postures which close us off from the potential to live truly well. Like the snail, when we pull our shoulders forward and our head down we reinforce our sense of self but we lose our connection to the good life. In fact, with your head down to look at your cellular phone the spinal cord lengthens by up to 5 centimeters. In this position you are pulling on the brainstem and restriciting the vital flow of blood to the front part of your spinal cord. In this way, a person normally exists in a state of chronic stress, with defense strategies keeping them away from their own natural state of health and well-being. At Chiropractica Universale the goal is to help you to shift from defense to openness and growth. Not just for a quick dose of relief but for a real change from the inside of each person that creates permanent improvement in alignment with your unique nature.

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Dr. Craig

Self development and natural health have been a lifelong area of interest for Dr. Craig.  As a child he was diagnosed with asthma and ADD.  As a result he consumed large doses of pharmaceuticals for many years and experienced negative side effects along with them.  At the age of 9, he began studying Tae Kwon Do and this developed into an exploration of many different areas of eastern philosophy.  Among these, he pursued interest in ninjitsu, tai chi and chi gung, kundalini meditation, and taoist philosphy.

As a young adult, he experienced an ongoing pain in his upper back as well as knee that eventually led him to a Chiropractor.  This first adjustment immediately helped where many other massages, doctors, acupuncture visits, and yoga classes had not.  Eventually, Dr. Craig found himself in San Francisco employed in the service of a Chiropractic office and saw the power of the adjustment to change people’s lives for the better first hand.  From being a witness to these powerful results and influenced by a number of outstanding Doctors of Chiropractic in the San Francisco area he decided to enroll at Life Chiropractic College West.

Graduating in September of 2013 he has since adjusted thousands of people in seven countries on four continents.  He has a passion for helping people to reclaim their innate power to live well and a global vision of a healthy and happy planet.  With a similar passion for languages and world history Rome was the perfect city to open Chiropratica Universale and offer the healing power of simple and effective Chiropractic to anyone with a heart, a spine, and a desire to live well.

“A positive vision of the future requires a faith in the power of humans to change their circumstance.  The ability to change is best expressed at the individual level and free from interference by outside factors.  A well adjusted spine gives anybody the gift of feeling whole and well.  It is individual people that are whole, happy, and healthy who will create a bright future for us all.”    -Dr. Craig Austin Peterson, D.C.

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What we do

Chiropratica Universale provides gentle holistic healing right in the historic center of Rome.

At Chiropratica Universale we use a cutting edge approach that gently develops your neuro-spinal integrity in a manner specific to your needs.


Why neuro-spinal integrity?
The spinal cord connects your brain to your body and to the world around you. The structures around the spinal cord provide a central support for everything you do. Together they both determine how you experience reality, and empower all of your actions.

 

Did you know the condition of your spine is directly linked to the condition of your life in 5 important ways?


– Physical Function: Neurospinal integrity physically supports and coordinates all other body structures.

– Emotional resilience: Neurospinal integrity provides adaptation and emotions improve.

– Sense of self: A strong, healthy spine is at the center of a strong, healthy you.

– Decision making: With a strong body and mind decisions can look very different!

– Connection:  Increased neurospinal integrity directly increases the quality of your connection with your life and the people in it.


Your spine is central to the quality of life you live. With special attention and care the condition of your spinal cord can be improved. A healthy spine has neuro-spinal integrity, which is important if you want to live your best life.


Contact us today for more information and to make an appointment with Dr. Craig.  info@chiropraticauniversale.com      Tel: 06 4559 5503   What’s app: 35 1287 0889

More Soy for Longer Life?

One of the most common criticisms of a plant based diet that seems to be a legitimate concern at first glance has to do with the consumption of phyto-estrogens from soy. The idea is that soy, being high in phyto-estrogens, represents another source of estrogen like toxicity. I say another because many of the things we think about as pollutants in our modern environment namely plastics and chemical residues are toxic because they mimic estrogen in our bodies. Estrogen can promote cell division, with a large supply of “estrogen like” compounds around cell division can ramp up out of control. Uncontrolled cell division is another way of saying cancer.

So, soy has something similar to estrogen it is estrogen like. Other estrogen like compounds can be linked to cancer. Soy must be causing cancer and we should avoid it right? Actually, it isn’t so simple. It turns out that soy is full of lots of things, seeing as it is a living organism itself. It has not just estrogen like effects on the body but also anti estrogen like effects as well! As we can see from this study conducted in Hong Kong women with a previous diagnosis of breast cancer who were already at risk of death had a 21% lower risk of dying than women who ate soy once a week or less.

Ok so women who already have breast cancer can benefit from soy consumption; but what about soy consumption in general? Well another study cross referenced colo-rectal cancer mortality and heart disease mortality against self reported dietary logs across 44 prefectures in Japan. The results showed that soy consumption was significantly correlated with lower rates of death from both colon cancer and heart disease!

So, if you’ve been thinking about eating more plants because of the health, environmental, and ethical benefits don’t let fear mongering about soy slow you down! Let this be just one more reason that eating plants can be an easy and healthy decision for along and fruitful life.

Woken up by Thunder

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Electric Charge Disperses to the Ground

The other night I was woken up by the sound of Thunder in the center or Rome. Here we have been without rain for more than 5 months. The countryside of Italy has been getting so dry that they have been discussing emergency measures in Rome to conserve water. Normally, I would have expected people on the street to hide from the rain and cover their necks; instead they were shouting with joy and opening their arms up wide to the downpour. Every thing in nature moves in rhythms and cycles and humans are no exception. When a natural cycle gets too far out of it’s normal rhythm we experience a crisis. In the environment we call them droughts, floods, and storms; in the body we call it being sick. When the storm finally breaks we jump for joy, when the pressure gets to be too much on our neck and shoulders we get adjusted by a Chiropractor.

If you have been paying attention to stories about Rome in the news you probably have seen mention of emergency drought relief measures like turning off water supply to entire neighborhoods or public drinking fountains. You might also have heard about the leaky pipe infrastructure that are the real source of water waste. Sustained absence of normal rainfall created a crisis which is impacting the quality of our lives. What is worse is that by investing in preventative care of city infrastructure we could have remained unaffected by the drought, had more water to drink, and taken less out of the system doing so. So why is a Chiropractor writing about thunderstorms and water supply issues?

Just as a reduction in water flow to the fountains of a city directly threatens our collective well-being, a reduction in communication between your brain and your body threatens your ability to live with optimal health. When rainfall stops reservoirs get low, fountains get stopped up, and people overheat and get thirsty. When abnormal shape, tension, or tone of your spine stops normal communication between brain and body, your energy drops, muscles ache, and your head gets heavy on the top of your neck. Both lightning and thunder can be either frightening or a relief depending on context. Similarly, symptoms aren’t only inconveniences to be done away with. They are also signals that your body is struggling to find the best way of dealing with life. If your nerve system has been under pressure for a while already and your stiff neck or back pain prompts you to do something about it was it good or bad? If a drought motivates an ancient and bureaucratic city to repair a leaky water infrastructure and save millions of gallons of fresh water in the future was it bad or good?

Just as water runs down hill into the ocean. Experiences enter our nervous system and alter our physiology. The heat of the sun evaporates the oceans and saturates the atmosphere with water vapor. We tell ourselves stories about our experiences and create emotions and beliefs consistent with the meaning in those stories. The bound energy of water vapor in clouds and repeated patterns of thought or emotion put pressure on the system to create change. Without the release of raindrops falling to earth in the field of gravity life becomes more and more difficult for land dwelling creatures. When we remain in holding patterns with our psycho-emotional stresses our frames become more and more distorted. A distorted frame translates to a mechanically distorted nerve system due to Adverse Mechanical Cord Tension.

Thankfully, once we find ourselves living with a distorted spine and nerve system we have the ability to reverse the process. When a Chiropractor addresses the misalignment in your spine the pressure on your spinal cord is reduced. With a spinal cord free from adverse mechanical cord tension due to a distorted spine your body is capable of living with optimum health.

Curious about what life would be like with less tension and more connection? Come to Chiropratica Universale for a free consultation and learn how Chiropractic can enrich your experience of life. If you want to learn some strategies for healing yourself from the inside out check out our upcoming events.

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A stiff, rigid spine makes for a stiff, rigid life.  With Chiropractic your spine can more flexible, resilient, and enjoyable

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Why is regular Chiropractic care such a powerful modality for optimizing health and wellness? Chiropractic directly improves your connection to life because it improves the quality and condition of your spine and nervous system. The spine is not only the structural support of your body, neck, and head; it is also the covering and control panel for your spinal cord, brain and nerve system.

Think about it, every memory, experience, action, thought, and feeling you ever have is only possible because of the connection made by the nervous system from your body to your amazingly complex brain! Not only is your brain responsible for all the things you do, think, and feel but also for all the automatic functions of your body that happen on their own. Things like your heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion, energy and alertness, breathing, detoxification, and biochemistry are also coordianted by the brain and nervous system.

How does Chiropractic affect the quality of the brain by working with the spine? This is possible because the material that makes up your body has a property called “piezo-elecricity”. What “piezo-electricity” means is that there is a relationship between the shape or pressure on something and it’s electrical charge. Due to the fact that shape and pressure affect the electric properties of your body parts things like posture and abnormal motion in the spine can negatively affect the spinal cord and brain.

If the spine is hunched, twisted, stiff, or tense it will change the signals going up the spinal cord from the brain to the body. What is more, the joints in the spine and the other joints of your body have a direct impact input to your brainstem and other automatic parts of your brain. This is why it is very important to keep your spine in the best possible condition for as long as possible. The shape, tension, and tone of your spine dictates the shape, tension, and tone of your life!

If your spine is not well adjusted it is likely that your brain and nervous system are in an altered, sub-optimal state. If this is true then your digestion, movements, recovery, and many other vital functions are also in an altered, sub-optimal state! Without the best possible condition of your brain and nervous system you cannot be at your best no matter what kind of nutrition, exercise, or other therapies you receive. The quality of your brain and nervous system directly predict the quality of your life.

 

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