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