What Is A Structural Shift?
Usually the next question asked is “What is a Structural Shift?” A Structural Shift is defined as ABNORMAL POSITIONING of the head, neck, spine, and hips in a particular pattern. Each of us is familiar with what is “normal” in our own everyday life. Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees, normal eyesight is 20/20 vision. Many of us even know what would be considered normal blood pressure: 120/80 mm Hg. In order for you to know what abnormal is, you must first understand what normal is.To understand what a Structural Shift is, we must first define how a normal spine should look. As we previously said, for us to understand abnormal, we must first understand normal.
The normal POSITIONING of the spine from anterior to posterior (front to back), should be a vertical column. In other words, if we were to drop a plumb line from the top vertebra to the ground, each vertebrae all the way to the sacrum (the last bone in the spine) should line up. When viewed from the sagittal plane (right or left side), the spine should have 3 distinct curves – one going forward in the neck, one backward in the mid-back, and one more going forward in the lower back. If you look in any textbook at a picture of the spine, this is exactly what you will see because this is considered normal. They never draw the spine in a textbook with a structural shift because that is considered abnormal.Now, when it comes to normal, we don’t expect anyone to be perfect. We do, however, expect people to be within a reasonable range. When we do our measurements and assessments, we always consider that reasonable range when looking at someone’s structure.
Similar to what would happen if children’s building blocks shifted right or left, or a house foundation were to sink on one side by a couple of inches, this abnormal Structural Shift puts abnormal stress on the nerves, muscles, ligaments, discs and joints, forcing them to undergo abnormal changes to adapt. If left long enough, permanent irreversible damage can set in.
What would happen to your house if the foundation sank on one side an inch or two? You would eventually expect to see cracks in the walls. The windows and doors would no longer move properly. You would even expect to have problems with the roof.
Well, as you have guessed, the ROOT PROBLEM is a Structural Shift of the foundation of your house, which is causing the many Secondary Conditions.
If this was your home, what would you do FIRST? You’d hire someone to come in and repair the foundation of your house while you moved out for a while, right? After that, and after a little work on the secondary effects from the shift in the foundation, then you are good to go. And that is what a Structural Correction can do for your spine.
Once the Structural Shift is corrected, then the Secondary Conditions can get better. The Secondary Conditions were the conditions being caused by the Primary Condition. The primary condition is the Structural Shift. It is like a light switch causing the light bulb to turn on. Imagine the light bulb is pain. The best way to fix the pain or turn the pain off is not to cover the light bulb or unscrew it, but to turn the switch to off. Changing the position of the switch changes the secondary condition, much like correcting the Structural Shift back to a normal POSITION corrects the pain and dysfunction being caused by it.
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