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After taking perhaps thousands of clinical histories, over three decades, it seems that problems sleeping is one of the most common “side issue” complaints. By “side issue” I mean that it is rare for people to come in FOR insomnia. They seem to accept that that is the way that they are. If they take sleeping pills, they totally accept the need for those… essentially forever.

Not all sleep problems are truly sleep problems. Severe enough back or neck pain can keep one awake. Urinary frequency, having to get up during the night to urinate,1… 2…3… 4 times a night, certainly disturbs sleep. Pain from ulcers (more recently known as GERD) can get one up from a sound sleep, since it can feel like a blowtorch in the stomach. Then there’s the hot flashes of menopause. What about anxiety? And doesn’t the inability to get some decent rest increase anxiety, resulting in a vicious cycle?

What does the traditional path of so-called health care, Medicine, do for these things? They name them… diagnosis, and then attack them… treatment. You may get some relief, or you may not. The usual result is just some modest form of control and maintenance of the problem(s). Your sleep is anything but normal. Side effects of the treatment, new problems, are inevitable. So, nothing is really solved; in fact, health is diminished instead of improved.

What does (straight) Chiropractic do for these conditions? Nothing! (Yet, people get “better.”) We do not diagnose. We do not treat. adjustmentWe correct the CAUSE…. Vertebral Subluxation (VS)… interference to your body and mind functioning properly. This is done by gentle, specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments. Then, we get out of the way, allowing the body, your body, to heal, and function at a higher level.


What do all of these mentioned conditions, and others that I have not mentioned, have in common? They are all, in the end, neurological. Back pain? That means that something’s wrong. To kill the pain, and leave the underlying problem (VS), is irresponsible, but that’s what “they” do. Ulcers, GERD, heartburn? It is the nervous system that runs the stomach, the duodenum, and the rest of the digestive system. If VS is interfering with the proper control and coordination of this system, that stomach or duodenum cannot function properly. Menopausal problems? What runs the female reproductive organs? Prostate? Same thing. You can get these things covered up, or you can get the cause corrected. Up to you.


What about actual insomnia… you just can’t sleep? Either you can’t get to sleep, or you can’t stay asleep. What controls sleep cycles, quality, quantity, etc.? Obviously, it is the brain. If the brain is being interfered with, sleep disorders are one of a multitude of things that can occur.


I know that you are thinking, “What can Chiropractic do for the brain? You guys work on the spine?” Good question. Contrary to popular thought, the brain is not all by itself, in a box (the skull). The brain, the spinal cord, the nerves… they are all one contiguous system. And, that system is extremely deformable. The consistency of the brain and the spinal cord is kind of like Jello. (Could this be why they feed us Jello in the hospital? Maybe it’s some homeopathic thing. I dunno.) Vertebral subluxation, anywhere in the spine, effects the nervous system AS A WHOLE, including the brain. (The most critical parts of the spine, in this regard, are the upper cervical region… just below the skull, and the sacrum and the coccyx… the tailbone… at the bottom.)


Know anyone who has sleep problems? Get them in here to get checked and adjusted. How can insomnia, or anything else, get better with a dysfunctional nervous system. Chiropractic corrects the cause of the dysfunction… Vertebral Subluxation.


poison pillOr, if you’re really into risky behavior, you can take drugs. As if the old drugs, barbiturates, weren’t weird enough, now there’s Ambien and Lunesta. A lot of side effects, including not just sleep walking, but “sleep-driving.” There have been people who have, in their drug-induced sleep, gotten into their cars, drove, and woke up at a toll booth, in their pajamas. Scary, huh?


Correcting the cause is easier, and safer, and a whole lot more reasonable.


Get checked. get adjusted. get your brain and the rest of your nervous system free.


Don Harte, D.C.

Marin Straight Chiropractor

Liberator of Innate

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