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Your Operating System Optimally Functioning

The operating system of a computer is the most important part that allows the computer’s hardware and software to function as one. When the system is compromised by a computer virus, its operations can suffer or even lead to a total crash. Our body, and the systems that keep us working at 100%, can be compared to the operations of a computer. Our muscles and tissues are the hardware, nerve signals are our software, and our nerves are operating system.  Just like a computer’s operating system, it is our nervous system that enables our hardware and software to work together as one unit.binary-958956_1280

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and the peripheral nerve system.  The latter consisting of large, long branches of the spinal nerves and numerous narrower and smaller branches of those branches. The brain, as the central hub of the nervous system, starts the impulses that coordinate the activities of all the other body systems.  These impulses are sent down specific paths to reach specific targets. These targets – the cells – that comprise the organs and tissues of your respiratory, lymphatic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, are what allow you to live. The cells operate and then send responses back to the brain by way of the nerve system. These responses consist of reports, requests, and local condition information. The brain interprets this information and responds with further instructions.

It’s simple to understand how the analogy between the brain and the computer came to be. However, it’s up-most important to understand that the brain is definitely not a computer. Regardless of  its lightning-quick systems to quickly sort through huge stacks of data, such processing speed and accuracy are not an indication of intelligence. Rather, these computer feats result from the engineers and programmers  and are wonderful mechanical accomplishments. Without human designers and programmers, there would be no Operating System in your computer.

In contrast, human consciousness uses the brain of man and woman to arrive at new ways to solve problems. These solutions are emergent, meaning they couldn’t be figured out by analyzing the information. Computers are not capable of emergent behavior. Therefore, our innate intelligence not only guides our bodies, but also guides us in our choices, decisions, and world interactions.

Chiropractic Care and Optimal Health

If you think of yourself as a living organism, your body most likely includes physiological systems, organs, tissues, and cells. From a functional perspective, your physiological systems are all interconnected. The parts of these systems continually communicate with each other, exchanging information regarding status, available resources, and needs. The system that manages these ongoing communications is the nervous system, your body’s master system. This system, via a multitude of nerves, branches, and local connections, link your brain and spinal cord with every other part of your body. But static on the nerves can interrupt optimal communication within this complex system, causing transmission of very important information to be altered so that interpretation of these signals are compromised. This may result in pain, symptoms, and, ultimately, disease. Chiropractic care helps detect and correct spinal misalignments, the most common sources of nerve interference. Regular chiropractic care helps restore optimal function and helps us improve levels of healing, movement, and well-being.

Big Idea

Understand the Big Idea of Chiropractic and you will understand the magnitude of how restoring health through natural Chiropractic Care can positively influence this world beyond measure. The video below is in the words and the voice Dr. BJ Palmer, the developer of the Chiropractic profession from the early 1900s. The video footage shows Dr Palmer specifically adjusting and restoring neuro spinal function by the reduction of subluxation in these patients.

Listen to the message and understand that I too hold this vision in that adjusting one person and restoring function and health to that one person multiplied over and over again can have a significantly positive impact on our communities and the world.

What can chiropractic care do for you? The only way you’ll know is by getting your spine checked and adjusted by a chiropractor  to restore 100% communication between brain and body.

Snowmageddon and your Aching Back

snow shovelingThe weekend of January 23 2016 was a real doozie for the Phoenixville region.  Many were referring to this storm as a Snowmageddon.  We got walloped with more snow than most of us know what to do with or, for that matter, where to put it.  If you live in the region and don’t have health complications that prevented you from doing your part to shovel out, then you spent some time, or maybe most of the day digging out. After all the clean up, you may be screaming, “Oh my aching back!”.

You may feel the need to do something about the pain.  You may find your mood to have been compromised and perhaps those around you may be avoiding you because of your growling and barking from your foul mood.  It is common that if you are in pain, your mood may suffer.  There are some options to consider in managing the pain so you can return to your smiling personality.

  1.  You might resort to popping a pill such as an over the counter pain reliever.
  2. You might resort to a warm bath.
  3. You may want a massage.

While all of these may be effective in managing the muscle soreness, pain relieving meds often have adverse effects on one’s health.  According to WebMD, NSAIDS can cause Gastrointestinal bleeding whereas prescribed meds like Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra, which are Cox-2 inhibitors have more serious side effects resulting in heart attacks in some.  Other side effects are high blood pressure and kidney damage.

A warm bath as well as massage may be a good way to reduce muscle pain.  However if your pain is persisting or reoccurring your pain may have a deeper connection – your spine and nervous system.


If you are suffering from persistent muscle spasms, sharp  and/or shooting, burning, or dull/achy pain, you just might have a spine issue relating to what is referred to as faulty spinal bio-mechanics or vertebral subluxation.  This problem is best addressed by a doctor of chiropractic.  The methods of training have been proven time and again for the management of the underlying cause of spinal related health issues.  Chiropractic care has a high patient satisfaction rating.

A study in the May 2009 issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were tops among treatments for relief of back pain. The study, which surveyed more than 14,000 consumers, was conducted by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.  According to the report, the survey respondents tried a variety of different treatments and rated the treatments on how helpful and satisfied they were with the results. The report concluded that hands-on therapies were the top-rated.  The report states that, “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”

At Snyder Family Chiropractic, it is my goal to help you find the proper resources for your health needs.  If I can help you, I’ll let you know.  If I believe your health issue to be out of the scope of chiropractic practice, I will let you know that too and help you find the proper referral.

Of course if you are in need of a chiropractor and not in my region I’ll be happy to help and refer you to a qualified chiropractor near you.

The two most important things I am concerned with are your health and my reputation.  Give me a call at (610) 935-5900 or request an appointment online.  We’ll start with a FREE 10-minute phone consult before you step foot in the office.

Low Back Pain Treatment

Study Shows The Chiropractic Adjustment More Effective for Back Pain than Medical Care and Drugs


Which is More effective for Low Back Pain? Meds or Chiropractic?

This is exact the question in our research topic of the week.

A Practice-Based Study of Patients with Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Attending Primary Care and Chiropractic Physicians: Two-Week to 48-Month Follow-Up

Low back pain treatment

Chiropractic Lumbar Adjustment

This study based used a practice-based, observational model to look at the effectiveness of intervention in a selected group of patients with both acute and chronic lower back pain (LBP).  It compared the efficacy of chiropractic intervention with standard medical care in both types of Low Back Pain.  To read more, click here —>  Chiro vs Meds to treat LBP

Founder’s Day



DD Palmer adjusting Harvey Lillard

Chiropractic’s famous first adjustment is recognized each year with an annual observance commemorating September 18th, 1895 as Chiropractic Founder’s Day.  On this day in 1895, Dr. Daniel David Palmer administered the first specific chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. D.D. Palmer delivered this historic first chiropractic adjustment with the specific intent of realigning a malpositioned vertebra on the patient, restoring its normal position, and Harvey Lillard, who had lost most of his hearing 17 years earlier, noted his hearing swiftly returned under Dr. Palmer’s care.  From that point DD Palmer shifted his clinical practice to his new method of replacing spinal bones that were out of position, and experienced positive clinical results in patients with a wide variety of health concerns.  His practice grew and the profession of chiropractic was launched.

Sports Injuries


It is estimated that 30 million children now participate in organized sports including soccer, football, swimming gymnastics, hockey, skating and baseball. Correspondingly, as participation increases, injuries increase. Sports injuries to young people now exceed the occurrence of infectious disease.

Chiropractic care helps individuals with sports performance and reduce injuries.