Joint ven­ture

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A chi­ro­prac­tor can get your body

tuned up and ready to go.

ESQ: Is chi­ro­prac­tic like a mas­sage? BRENT MAXWELL: Peo­ple of­ten mis­take what we do as a mas­sage. Peo­ple think that they can get rid of the pain with a masseur. A mas­sage is great for get­ting blood flow to the mus­cles and get­ting the mus­cles to re­lax. But if you want to re­store spinal re­align­ment, en­hance your brain-nerve-mus­cle con­nec­tion and to get your body straight, a mas­sage alone is in­suf­fi­cient.

ESQ: Do chi­ro­prac­tors work on an­i­mals? BRENT MAXWELL: I per­son­ally don’t but there are oth­ers who do. As long as they have spines as hu­mans do.

ESQ: Even ba­bies? BRENT MAXWELL: Ab­so­lutely. I ad­justed my own chil­dren shortly af­ter they were born. Not all chi­ro­prac­tors are com­fort­able with that but there are some who spent a lot of time with in­fants and chil­dren.

ESQ: Can chi­ro­prac­tic heal any­thing? BRENT MAXWELL: One of the big­gest mis­takes peo­ple have about chi­ro­prac­tic is that it heals ev­ery­thing. We of­ten en­counter peo­ple with health con­di­tions who need to be re­ferred to other med­i­cal spe­cial­ists. Chi­ro­prac­tic helps the body work bet­ter by restor­ing and pro­mot­ing op­ti­mal spinal align­ment and move­ment. This al­lows the pe­riph­eral nerves that pass be­tween each joint in your spine to carry neu­ral im­pulses to joints, lig­a­ments, mus­cles or any other body sys­tems that rely on in­struc­tions from your cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem to work. The bet­ter your nerves flow, the bet­ter your body can reg­u­late and heal it­self.

Here is an anal­ogy: think of your body as an or­ches­tra. Each body sys­tem is a sep­a­rate group of in­stru­ments. To co­or­di­nate all the or­gans to work to­gether and make ‘mu­sic’, you will need a con­duc­tor. Think of your ner­vous sys­tem as the con­duc­tor. Without the con­duc­tor, you will lack ‘har­mony’ be­tween dif­fer­ent body sys­tems and have ‘dis­cord’. Dis­ease is a re­flec­tion of ‘dis­cord’ in the body. ESQ: What do you no­tice about peo­ple’ s pos­ture over the years? BRENT MAXWELL: These days, kids are car­ry­ing big­ger school­bags; peo­ple look­ing at their cell­phones or work­ing all day at their desks. Our life­styles are not the same in the days of our grand­par­ents who car­ried lighter school­bags, do not have cell­phones and were more ac­tive. You can see our cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of kids look­ing like our aun­ties and un­cles.

ESQ: So you ap­prove of stand­ing desks? BRENT MAXWELL: Oh yes. You feel much bet­ter, less tired with a stand­ing desk. Bet­ter to re­main mov­ing than be­ing static. Move­ment is life; if you’re not mov­ing, you’re in a cas­ket.

ESQ: Are you say­ing that our tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances are ac­tu­ally bad for us?

BRENT MAXWELL: Yes, yes. We’re liv­ing longer but it’s not

qual­ity liv­ing. ESQ: What’s the most un­usual pro­ce­dure you’ve had to per­form? BRENT MAXWELL: That would be aTM J—tempo ro mandibu­lar joint—dis­or­der. I haven’t done this in Sin­ga­pore yet but I’ve done this in the US be­fore com­ing here. I have to re­lieve the pres­sure of the jaw by putting my gloved hand in the mouth and plac­ing my fin­ger on a very small mus­cle called lat­eral ptery­goid as well as the me­dial ptery­goid mus­cles. Some­times when you re­lease those mus­cles, you re­lease those joints to make the jaw move bet­ter. It’s not guar­an­teed all the time but it does help a lot of peo­ple.

ESQ: Is it dif­fer­ent treat­ing peo­ple here than in Amer­ica? BRENT MAXWELL: I’ve seen more sco­l­io­sis in Asian peo­ple than in Western­ers. I read re­search last year that sug­gests it could be due to lower bone den­si­ties than Euro­peans, Eurasians and other races.

ESQ: Who has healthy spin es?

BRENT MAXWELL: Ball­room dancers. They have the most bal­anced pos­tures I’ve seen.

Brent Maxwell, chi­ro­prac­tor at Nat­u­ral Heal­ings

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