Subluxations. Thermography. Adjustments. Terms familiar to the doctor of chiropractic. Following a minor car accident in which I sustained some soft tissue injuries to my back, my general practitioner gave me muscle relaxers and pain medication. When this treatment failed to alleviate my symptoms, several of my friends suggested going to a chiropractor. I have to admit that I was a bit leery.
The chiropractor was very knowledgeable, and spent time explaining what he saw on my x-rays, and the course of treatment he would pursue. When I began treatment, I needed several adjustments which meant multiple trips to his office the first few weeks. As the adjustments began lining things up as they should be, I didn't need to be seen as often. Periodic reevaluation let the chiropractor know when I was ready to be put on a maintenance program, only needing adjustments twice a month.
Having one adjustment was not a cure-all. Although the initial injury I went to the chiropractor to fix, is a thing of the past, the things I do in everyday life often cause more subluxations to occur. According to my chiropractor, a subluxation is "when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves" (www.annischiropractic.com). He explains how subluxations affect you, "Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly."
Wow! In addition to physical subluxations, I often suffer with spiritual subluxations. Those times when I decide to lean on my own understanding and move off the path God has for me. This creates pressure in my spirit - my old nature fights with my new nature. Paul gives an accurate word-picture in the book of Romans, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do" (Romans 7:18-19; KJV). He goes on to say, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 7:22-25a).
My hope lies in my Heavenly 'chiropractor', who is able to make the necessary 'adjustments' in my life when I keep my 'appointments' with Him. His Word is "quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). As I keep my daily 'appointment' with Him, praying and reading His Word, I become aware of those areas where I have not been obedient to Him. I can choose to agree with Him, submit to His 'adjustment,' by repenting of my sin, and once again function with His power flowing through me.
Some days I need more 'adjustments' than others. The beautiful thing is that the Heavenly 'chiropractor' is always 'in.' His 'office' is never closed. He never takes a vacation. In fact, He bids us to "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).
Struggling with sin's 'subluxations' in your life? Make an 'appointment' with your Heavenly 'chiropractor' and yield to the 'adjustments' that will allow you to function at 100% of the ability He's given you!