The Chicago Tribune recently wrote a story about famed and controversial quarterback Jim McMahon of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears. McMahon’s illustrious football career didn’t come without a price. Jim has been suffering from post- concussive symptoms of debilitating headache, pain, and memory loss to name a few. After years of health problems, McMahon visited a chiropractor and got results after a Structural Correction adjustment. You can read the full Chicago Tribune story here.
McMahon played college and pro football for 19 years. His symptoms/Secondary Conditions were caused, in part, by Structural Shifts of his spine (the Primary Condition). After 19 years of football, you can imagine how far from normal his spine had shifted. Our spines have a normal placement or structure just like we have normal body temperature, eye sight, and blood pressure. How do you know if your tires are flat? You know what air filled, normal tires look like. You have to know normal to appreciate abnormal. If your spine has shifted beyond what is considered normal, like McMahon’s, then Secondary Conditions such as headaches and migraines will appear.
Secondary Conditions appear because abnormal shifts from spinal segments put pressure on the surrounding blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and most importantly, spinal nerves. The only way to improve or correct any Secondary Condition is, you guessed it, by first addressing the Primary Condition… a Structural Shift of the spine.
McMahon will not make a full recovery (memory loss and dementia are usually permanent). By visiting his chiropractor, McMahon’s Secondary Conditions or symptoms greatly improved. This was achieved by Structurally Correcting his spine to a more normal position implementing specific, gentle Structural Correction adjustments.
Look at the above picture above. The spine on the left is normal while the spine on the right is abnormal. Which spine do you think represents McMahon? Do you know someone similar to the person on the right? If so, a Structural Correction adjustment is may be necessary.
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