Your Spine Starts at Your Feet

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise man who built his house file000492774039upon the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.   And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell. And great was the fall of it.”  Matthew 7:24-27

Foundation is Everything

I admire the time that goes into building skyscrapers.  I love the drive into Grand Rapids.  The view of the city’s beautiful skyline brings me great joy, but did you realize that there is a lot more going on below the ground?  If those amazing buildings didn’t have a firm foundation they would fall down.  Just think about the leaning tower of Pisa.  Our bodies are the same.

Does Your Doctor Ignore Your Foundation?

You need a doctor who looks at your body from the foundation up.  Chasing after your aches and pains doesn’t solve the problem.  Dr. Zahl went through that himself.

I remember how he would come home after school.  His head would be throbbing so hard that he would have to lay down.  We assumed that the problem was his heavy school load.  He was doing 30 to 32 credits per trimester, normal colleges are around 16.  The interns and doctors at Palmer College all made the same assumption, stress caused his headaches.  He was adjusted almost every day, but his bones wouldn’t stay where they belonged.

The interns and doctors passed his case from one specialist to another, each one assumed it wouldn’t get fixed until the stress went away.  (They were happy to just chase the symptoms.)

We weren’t happy.

We had a small child who never got to see his Daddy, and another one on the way.  It wasn’t bad enough that he had to be away for classes when he was home he couldn’t play with or enjoy his time with his son.  This continued for months, and actually came to a point where we were wondering if a career in Chiropractic was even worth it.  That was not a thought we wanted to have half way through Chiropractic School.

When we were at our wits end he was transferred to a new doctor.  Someone who had actually had his own practice, someone thorough.  He looked over Marty’s x-rays tossed them to the side and began work on his feet, working his way all the way up his body.  About half way up he stopped.  An entire section of the low back was completely locked up.  There was no movement at all.  “I think I’ve found the problem.”  He said, before going on to finish adjusting the rest of his body.

Marty was doubtful why would the low back be giving him headaches, but he allowed the doctor to do what he needed.  He finished up his classes for the day and headed home.  That was the first day in months that he was able to come home and play with Cody.

That’s when he realized you can’t skip anything.  If you don’t start at the feet and address everything you are going to miss the root cause.

We Live on Our Feet

This fact has become especially obvious as the parents of dancers.Dancer's feet

Dancers are hard on their bodies.  It may look effortless, but trust me dancing is a full contact sport.  We have picture of Shelby that looks like she was in a fight, and yes she looks worse than the other girl.

It seems like Marty spends half his life putting Shelby’s arches back in place.  The other half is spent fixing the rest of her and Cody’s bodies.  It’s amazing how fast a fallen arch can mess up your whole body.   If  Shelby’s arch drops during her first class (out of 5) for the day, she will be a complete mess when she gets home.

You may know the song, “The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone?”  Just think about it; first your arch drops, the ankle twists, the knee turns, the hip drops, the sacrum swivels, and so it goes all the way to your head.  Sure, you may be experiencing severe headaches, but only adjusting your neck is never going to fix it.

Dancers aren’t the only ones who go through this.  We all live on our feet.  Whether you are chasing a toddler, going to the store, or working we are on our feet all the time.

We see patients whose bodies haven’t been completely checked all the time.  Recently Doctor Zahl had a new patient come in with multiple symptoms.  The main one was headaches.  Dr. Zahl put her on the table and adjusted her from the feet up.  He adjusted the arch in one of her feet and she said, “There you go took care of that.”  He  was confused so he asked her if she had a foot problem too?   “No,”she said, “you took care of my headache when you adjusted my arch.  My headache is gone!  Thank you very much.”  She was ready to get up off the table and go. Her headache was gone. He was surprised but he understood.

Our feet are our foundation.

That’s why it doesn’t make any sense to ignore them, or the knees, hips, elbow, wrists, shoulders, or other joints.

I know we have gotten into the habit of looking at our bodies as separate pieces, but our bodies aren’t pieces they are one whole system that works together.  When a joint is out of place it will put pressure on the nerve and the body can’t communicate with that area of the body further down.  The compression will also slow messages to and from the brain.  Which means your body can’t hear the directions the brain is giving it about how to heal.

If our bodies are a whole they must be addressed that way.  That is the only way if we want to see real results.

This is what makes Dr. Zahl’s care different.  Yes, he could just chase symptoms, but that isn’t what he believes in.

He finds that working on the whole body gets his patients better faster.  He is going to start at the feet and work up to make sure nothing is being missed.

Is Your Foundation Firm?

For us the foundation of a healthy body is making sure all of it’s segments are working properly.  One of Doctor Zahl’s favorite things to hear from his patients is.  “I have been going to other health care professionals for years and you fixed it with one adjustment, and I didn’t even tell you about it, because I didn’t think there was anything you could do for it.”

If you know someone who isn’t seeing the kind of results in their health that you think they should send them in Dr. Zahl.  He is qualified to look at anything in the body.  He would be glad to give them a free consultation, to see if Foundational Wellness would benefit them.

To get your foundation checked out

Call Dr. Zahl at (616) 895-5035