You might be asking yourself, “What in the world does chiropractic have to do with meditation?” I’m going to ask you to put aside what you think you may already know about chiropractic….that it is excellent for back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, digestive problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and about 28,000 more symptoms, and open your mind to a deep philosophy and discipline that is equally concerned about the mental as it is the physical.
Not only is chiropractic beneficial on the physical/structural level so that a person can sit up for long periods of time without squirming and with good form/alignment and muscular strength. Chiropractic can also help your meditation practice on a neurological level by removing interference from the nervous system. It is quite simple. I’m not going to turn you into a neurologist, but if you really want to understand the profound impact chiropractic can have on your well being read on.
When we encounter stress in our daily lives, the stress is filtered and processed through the nervous system. If the stress becomes too great, tension develops. We all know how the tension can affect our muscles, organs or glands. It results in tight and tense muscles, an upset tummy, or an unsteady mind. This tension is easily palpated along the spine by chiropractors in the form of vertebral subluxation, a misaligned spinal bone that produces interference to the nervous system. This misalignment activates the sympathetic nervous system…the fight or flight division of your autonomic nervous system, specifically the hypothalamus, anterior pituitary, adrenal gland axis which results in stress physiology….tense muscles and a hyperactive mind.
That’s right, a misaligned spinal bone creates the same physiology as when you get scared by a wild rabid pit bull…or dachshund if you are scared of little dogs.
If you have stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol flowing through your system it becomes difficult to meditate. When you get a chiropractic adjustment, interference is reduced, stress decreases, and tension dissipates resulting in a body and mind that is more at ease. How cool is that! A chiropractic adjustment decreases the fluctuation of your mind!
With a strong and flexible spine and a calm mind you can explore the depths of your meditation practice in a new light. So get adjusted and get meditating!
Dr. Jeremy Brook, D.C., is a Los Angeles Chiropractor who promotes an integrative holistic body-mind approach to healing. In his new book, The Spinechecker’s Manifesto, you can find meditation warm ups for your mind and lubrication sequences for your spine.