Monday, January 18, 2021
(This article was originally published in the August 2020 edition of Kernersville Magazine and is reprinted here with permission)
Dr. Chad McIntyre has had a long history of serious bumps and bruises. In fact, his unrelenting pain caused by sports injuries and car accidents forced him to take matters into his own hands. What he discovered was that despite years of traditional medical and chiropractic care, it was specific, gentle correction to his upper cervical spine that gave him his health back. Amazingly, a small tweak to his foundation led to whole-body recovery. Three weeks after his first correction, he felt the best he had felt in over ten years. His shoulder, neck, and upper back pain subsided, his digestive system returned to normal, and he regained his focus.
“You can simplify health into a basic formula,” Dr. Chad explained. “Is your body’s ability to adapt to physical, chemical, and emotional stressors greater than or equal to the various stressors working against it? Do you know if your body is structurally balanced? Most do not, but structural imbalance makes you less healthy. What are you eating? What are you thinking about? Is it constructive or destructive? Are you aware of whether your body is functioning normally or abnormally? The brainstem controls function; it can be compromised and you be relatively unaware of it, quietly weakening your body’s ability to adapt.”
This formula has worked at Dr. Chad’s office, Triad Upper Cervical Clinic (TUCC), for over a decade now. Celebrating its 11th anniversary earlier this year, TUCC is unique in its approach to wellness. The science to the success of Dr. Chad’s practice is rooted in the brainstem. This is incredibly important because the brainstem controls and regulates the functions of the various systems of the body (heart, lungs, digestion, immune, etc.). It acts like a tower does in a cell phone network by routing the communication between the brain and the rest of the body in both directions. However, the brainstem rests in a delicate area. It exits at the base of the skull and sits in the ring of the top vertebra of the spine. When the delicate balance between the skull and top vertebra is lost - even by a millimeter or two - the brainstem can become compromised. Normal internal function is disrupted and a chain reaction begins which may cause a variety of health problems. On top of this, the head and neck relationship form the body’s structural foundation, so when it shifts, the rest of the body is forced to compensate, which causes muscles from head-to-toe to be pulled out of balance and leads to a variety of aches and pains, and symptoms throughout the body. It is no different than the way a home or a building’s foundation not being level causes the windows, roof, and walls to shift.
It has always been important to Dr. Chad and his wife Sarah that they remain active in the Kernersville community so they can set a good example for their son and daughter. But as shown with past health ailments, staying involved would not be possible for Dr. Chad without the proper healthcare in place. That is the beauty of being a testament of your own craft. TUCC removes irritation to the brainstem in order to restore both optimal internal function and structural balance. The correction is very gentle and safe for people of all ages and can help anyone regain mobility and activity. Although it is a specialization within chiropractic, it requires no twisting, turning, cracking, popping, or uncomfortable jerking of the head or neck. Triad Upper Cervical Clinic is the only one of its kind in the Triad. TUCC corrects only the top two bones in the neck with the understanding that their proper alignment ensures your body’s structural balance from top to bottom.
Dr. Chad practices a ‘less is more’ approach, advocating for the elimination of destructive functional and structural habits and a shift into prevention and maintenance mode once better habits are formed. It makes all the difference when it comes to health and wellbeing. Dr. Chad explained, “The last several decades have removed personal responsibility from the equation, making people depend on interventions. Health, though, is about choices and habits. People have to be re-empowered to make their own choices -to make better choices that form better habits. We teach that health is shaped by proper function, nutrition, structural balance, exercise, and attitude.”
TUCC enables the brainstem to operate at its best, and any additional healing modalities and lifestyle changes are improved in their effectiveness because of it. Many TUCC patients report immediate and long-term improvements with conditions such as migraines, chronic pain, vertigo, autoimmune conditions, digestive disorders, and various neurological problems. However, the procedure itself is not a cure. Rather, it is what allows you to fully exhibit the ability to heal yourself.
Since TUCC opened in January 2010, patients have traveled from all over North Carolina and Virginia to experience Upper Cervical Care and take back control of their lives. Triad resident Michelle H. shared, “Since being under Dr. Chad’s care, I have been free of Trigeminal Neuralgia pain, migraines, anxiety and have had many other benefits including improvement with GI function, deeper and more restful sleep, increased focus and decreased back pain. I now have my daughter under Dr. Chad’s care… she is nearly migraine free and has shown improvement with focus, mood, and GI function.”
If you are ready to change your life, give TUCC a call. Hope, healing, and health are just around the corner. Triad Upper Cervical Clinic is located at 432B W. Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Visit www.TriadUpperCervical.com for more information or call 336-992-2536 for a consultation to see how Upper Cervical Care can directly help you.
“My personal experiences with my health led me down the holistic path; Upper Cervical Chiropractic changed my life. The change we need in healthcare is a shift in focus on the patient’s end toward taking personal responsibility and on the industry’s end toward being proactive instead of reactive. A lot of people suffer unnecessarily such as I did. It doesn’t have to be that way,” Dr. Chad added.
three months late last year, an exploration took place here with the purpose of
fundamentally broadening the concept of health, what actually takes place
inside of the human body to achieve health, and each individual person’s role
in becoming healthy. The core position
taken in the trio of columns leading to this finale was that “the doctor
inside” each of us does the healing and our job is to compliment it. This conclusion will emphasize that the
better “the doctor inside” of us is understood, the better defined the road to
health will be, and thus the healthier our society will become.
is important to have a basic understanding of how various things work. That is how value is established. Parents and teachers help kids connect good
grades to short-term and long-term rewards.
Industry innovators sell the public on new ideas, often at the natural
expense of classic ideas, the value in the former increasing as the value in
the latter decreases. The church
instills the importance of acknowledgement in something greater than
ourselves. Both in these big picture
concepts and in smaller things such as a pencil for writing or a pillow for a
good night’s sleep, grasping their benefit comes from a baseline knowledge of
what they bring to our lives.
increasingly so over the past half century, became too abstract; healthcare,
consequently, lost its way. “The doctor
inside” has been rendered largely inconsequential by the conventionalists that
serve as the primary educators of health in our society. Since it has been given little to no value by
those trusted to make health-related decisions, it has little to no value to
the consumers within the healthcare industry.
Yet, “the doctor inside” has infinite value. It is the innate intelligence which governs
all activity within the body, keeping us alive and functioning; without it, we
are reduced to a corpse or any other form of non-living matter. The average adult is made up of 75 trillion
cells, each of which performs 200,000 chemical reactions every split
second. Convert that math into a dollar
amount and it equates to wealth beyond imagination. That is the value of “the doctor inside.” Human health potential will not be realized
broadly across the population until that value is acknowledged.
more faith-based interpretation is that God supplies each human-being with the
innate intelligence necessary for life, and so “the doctor inside” is an
expression of God within each of us. As
referenced in a previous part of this series, label it something else if so
desired, but the reality is that this great organizer of all human functions is
present from cradle to grave. It is
divine, no matter if you define that adjective as God-like or as just plain
awesome. American healthcare exemplifies
the idiom, “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” or the fallacy in
eliminating something good when attempting to rid ourselves of something
perceived to be bad. In concerning
itself almost exclusively with ever-changing theories and symptom management by
chemical bombardment, it has largely ignored the very nature of the human body
and the role of “the doctor inside” in facilitating health.
is the key that unlocks health potential, and it is not coincidentally the
primary role of “the doctor inside” us.
A broken bone that heals in two months, the presence of all new blood
cells in the body every sixteen weeks; these are amazing things that deserve a
lot of credit. Be sure to give the
credit where it is due. If a friend
loses their job and their spouse, and then a year later is thriving in a new
job and has found love again, we comment on their resiliency and their ability
to bounce back. In healthcare, credit is
routinely given to all parties except the one that deserves the lion’s share of
it: “the doctor inside.” The inborn
intelligence of the human body is the most underappreciated thing in human
history. We repeatedly look outside of
the body for answers on how to heal – usually just when sick – and the answers
are there already, innately gifted to us.
is not at all to say that letting the body simply do its job will lead to
perfect health. Humans are imperfect,
made up of organic matter. There will
always be forces in life that work against health. 2020 offered a plethora of examples. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize
that, when optimized, we have the health potential to prevent the vast majority
of our most common ailments, and also the potential to overcome them; “the
doctor inside” just needs us to remove the variables standing in its way. Health, then, is a math problem: is the
body’s ability to adapt to physical, chemical, emotional, and environmental
stressors greater than or equal to the various stressors working against
it? If not, ill health in several among
its thousands of manifestations will ensue.
Optimization is made possible by knowing how the aforementioned equation
flips to the sum total of stressors overcoming the body’s ability to adapt to
them and how then to flip it around again.
final piece to fully understanding “the doctor inside” is how it adapts,
which is a function of the nervous system.
The term “nerve” can be confusing.
Unlike a blood vessel, its purpose is not self-explanatory. Nerves are basically electrical wires across
which information-carrying electrical impulses travel. They are the conduits for the brain and all
parts of the body to communicate with one another, the roads that “the doctor
inside” travels to stimulate healing.
The nervous system is comparable to the electrical system in a
an electrical impulse from one location to another, which in the body is a
constant exercise in communication between the brain/stem and the various
organs, muscles, and tissues, is a matter of timing. The basketball held a split second longer and
Michael Jordan’s famous “Shot” rims out; a moment too late tuning to the right
radio station and a life changing song has come and gone without ever being
heard. Timing is everything, within
electrical networks as well. Everyone
has experienced this with their cell phone; the signal strength decreases when
it takes longer for the phone to communicate with the cell tower.
body’s cell tower is the brainstem, which as the hub of and the origination point
for all the nerves is also akin to the main fuse in a home electrical circuit
breaker. The brainstem is the most
likely point of disruption within the human body network due its delicate
surrounding anatomy. It can be
destructively influenced by routine head trauma, especially before structural
development is complete during youth, disrupting the timing of electrical
impulses in both directions, down from the brain and back up to the brain;
fortunately, it can then be constructively influenced by Upper Cervical Care,
which non-invasively removes physical obstruction to restore proper
communication, clearing the path for “the doctor inside” to travel to the
proper place and at the proper time.
unbeknownst to us consciously, there is a constant tug of war going on inside
our bodies between destructive forces and the resistance to them (“the doctor
inside”-controlled ability to adapt).
The dynamic that we must be responsible for is understanding that our input,
also part of the equation, can be constructive or destructive. Fast food consistently versus home-cooked
meals with fresh, organic ingredients, for instance, is a decision that swings
health for better or worse, especially over long periods. Another example, so very apt right now, is to
or not to pay close attention to things like sugar consumption or a fear-based
mindset, which can both drastically alter immune system integrity during a time
when it needs all hands on deck.
are an interesting part of this constructive or destructive conversation. The reality is that all of them are designed
to have an impact on “the doctor inside.”
That bears reiteration: every medication’s purpose is to influence “the
doctor inside” us. Like a tutor in
school, a drug is introduced to facilitate the guidance necessary for
success. It is often misunderstood as
the source of success, when truthfully its job is to help the body be successful.
The problem, of course, is that this kind of chemical tutelage is
unpredictable and often demonstrates the human tendency for miscalculation
based on always-changing theories. We
cannot break the laws of life with our theories, and when we try, we ourselves
get broken. Such is why adverse
reactions to pharmaceuticals, of which we consume 80% of the world’s supply in
America, is the third to first leading cause of death and injury in the United
States; and such is why pharmaceuticals, in a revamped healthcare system, would
assume their proper position as the last resort instead of representing 95% of
A healthy lifestyle is about eliminating the nutritional, structural, chemical, psychological, and neurological variables that disrupt the ability of “the doctor inside” to reorganize and overcome (when necessary). Ill health in all its various forms and diagnoses comes from a decrease in the ability of “the doctor inside” to adapt. Health cannot be achieved by treating the symptoms of being unhealthy. Harmony, synergy, the optimal expression of innate intelligence – call it what you will – we are our best when we give “the doctor inside” its best chance to work.