I use to hear stories of people going to the Chiropractor to get adjusted and when they'd describe what the doctor did to them I was in total shock that this was considered 'normal.' I think there is a lot of fear around getting adjusted because it involves the spine and that is why I reached out to my old friend, Dr. Nick Johnson to demystify it for us today. Dr. Johnson talks about the benefits of seeing a Chiropractor and his belief in the mind, body, soul connect. Not only is he genius at what he does, he is one of the funniest and kindest people I know. A truly authentic an free spirit!
Without further ado...
1. First, tell me a little bit about the benefits of seeing a Chiropractor?
Let me begin by saying that we as humans are self-healing and self-regulating beings. When you cut your finger its not the band aid or the Neosporin that heals you, it’s your brain and nervous system. Furthermore, we build up stress on our bodies and nervous systems through physical, chemical, and emotional stressors. Some physical examples include car accidents, weekend warriors, or postural issues. Chemical stressors could include but are not limited to drugs, alcohol, any insecticides and pesticides found in your air, food, or water. Emotional stressors come in many different shapes and sizes whether it is your nagging mother in law or your insensitive spouse.
These stressors to your nervous system cause a change in your physiology and in turn misalignment's occur in the spinal vertebrae that Chiropractors adjust back into proper alignment to ensure that the nerve flow of communication between the brain and the Nervous System remains unimpeded so that healing will take place at its most optimal level. Through my eyes the benefits of seeing a Chiropractor are limitless! I have worked on pregnant woman, new born babies, senior citizens and everyone in between because they all have a nervous system that needs to be checked to make sure it is functioning properly. Some of the benefits include pain relief, increased range of motion in the spine and extremities, headache/migraine relief, Carpal Tunnel relief, Sciatica relief, increased balance and coordination, decreased joint degeneration, and an increased in health and well being are just a few of the benefits that can be listed.
What drew you to this profession?
I remember laying in bed at night as a child and simply staring at my hands with pure amazement, never fathoming that someday these same hands that I was so impressed with would be the tools that I would use everyday to heal others. As a boy I would massage my mother's feet and shoulders after a long day of work, and as well found myself unbeknownst to me performing basic Chiropractic adjustments on my friends and family because it made them feel better. As a young man I met a Chiropractor whom saw me performing these basic adjustments and she asked me to visit her office, and when I did, the little boy who used to stare at his hands while lying in bed at night came full circle and realized his purpose in life was to heal others with his hands.
3. I love your approach on how the mind, body and soul are all interconnected. When did you first make that realization and how do you incorporate that into your work?
I had the body part of the equation the whole time; after all I was attending Chiropractic College. It wasn’t until much later in my education when I discovered a technique that I use today called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) that I realized that there was more than just bones, muscles, nerves, and blood. Through the use of NSA’s specific low force touches to the spine, the brain develops new strategies to adapt to stress, dissipate the stress from the spine and nerves, connect the bodies natural rhythms, allow patients to make healthier choices, and live a life in which you responds to stressful situations instead of reacting because you are not constantly in a stressed out state of mind. At this point I was under care of a Network practitioner and it seemed as though I was functioning on a whole new level. I started meditating, working out more, and eating healthier. It was like my body craved all these new healthy ways of living and I just ran with it. I thought I had it all figured out, and that I was way ahead in the game of Chiropractic because I could not only make a difference for my patients body but as well for their mind. Then the strangest thing started happening. I noticed I could feel an energetic type of connection between my patients when I worked on them. In fact they were responding to me without me even making physical contact. Now, I was vaguely familiar with an energetic healing technique known as Reiki and immediately looked up further information on that thinking that maybe that was what I was unbeknownst to me performing. In my search for further information I found a multitude of energetic healing techniques such as Qigong, Healing Touch, Reiki, and the technique that resonated with me the most which was Pranic Healing. Pranic Healing is an advanced comprehensive system of subtle energy healing utilizing “prana”. Prana is an invisible bio-energy that keeps the body alive and healthy. When the normal flow of prana is disrupted, diseased energy accumulates which results in a body developing a physical or emotional problem. Diseases first appear as energetic disruptions in the energy field before precipitating as ailments in the physical body. Pranic Healing is the process of influencing this natural life force to bring about a healthier physical body and more positive psychological state. Now I allow my patients to choose what type of healing resonates most with them. Some patients love to have the whole mind, body, and soul treatment while others simply enjoy only traditional Chiropractic or possibly just the Pranic Healing.
4. What is some health advice that you follow in your own life that has brought you into better balance?
My advice for others is to take an interest in preventative health care instead of waiting until their health is at a point of crisis. It was easy for me to do this because my career as a Chiropractor led me down the path to try many different therapies in attempts to bring me into better balance such as Chiropractic, massage, Yoga, meditation, coffee enemas, colon hydro therapy, Acupuncture, going Vegetarian, juicing, cupping, fasting, drinking alkaline water, good old exercise and the list goes on and on. Furthermore it should be known that there is no magic bullet to make a person healthy, instead it’s a much bigger picture with many different facets to be dealt with. Educate yourself on a therapy that you might think that you have an interest in and try it out in an attempt to better your health and just maybe discover more about your body.
5. Tell me what is a favorite quote that you life by daily?
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve ENLIGHTENMENT for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
What is a Savoury Soul to you?
I think it’s hard to define a Savoury Soul with words, but you certainly know a Savoury Soul when you meet one. These people always put off an attractive vibration that easily draws others to them. They don’t allow typical everyday stressors to get to them; instead they allow life to open up for them like a rose, and then they make sure to take the time to stop and smell it. What I find interesting about these Savoury Souls when I meet them is that they characteristically are very in tune with their health and live a healthy lifestyle…coincindence? Not a chance.
Dr. Nick Johnson resides in sunny Las Angeles where he has his thriving practice, Johnson Chiropractic Wellness Center, Inc. in Beverly Hills. You can follow Doc Hollywood along on Facebook.