If your spine is out of whack, chances are your health is too

THE GOOD DOC: Dr Tim Shakespeare from Life Rebel Chiropractics explains how adjusting the spine can help the flow of information through the central nervous system.
THE GOOD DOC: Dr Tim Shakespeare from Life Rebel Chiropractics explains how adjusting the spine can help the flow of information through the central nervous system.

This article is sponsored content for Life Rebel Chiropractics.

Chiropractics is a common medical procedure, which involves manipulating the neck and spine to address pain and other bodily ailments. 

It’s performed all over the world on a daily basis. But how many people understand how it actually works? Do you?

How does making adjustments to someone’s neck or spinal column help to address an ailment in their leg? It seems to defy our preconceived notions of logic, right?  

Well turns out the answer is simple: it’s just good old fashioned biology.

The body’s central nervous system runs down our spinal cord, local chiropractor Dr Tim Shakespeare explained.

It carries information from our brains to every other part of our body. If that flow is interrupted, the body stops functioning at its optimum capacity.  

“A lot of people think our spine is just there to prop us up but it’s main function is actually to protect the information flow going through the spinal chord,” he said. 

“If the vertebrae begin to fall out of alignment or degenerate and impact the nerves as they exit the spinal chord and come out into the soft tissues then the information that is going through the spinal chord at that level might not reach those levels correctly. As a result, the tissues become dysfunctional.”

Here’s a simple analogy: if you put pressure on the end of your index finger it will turn red. This is because you’re cutting off the blood supply going to it. If you take the pressure off then the blood will comes back. It’s a similar thing with the spine, Dr Shakespeare says.

The Newcastle based chiropractor has been practicing for nine years and knows first hand how effective the procedure is.

He believes the body has the ability to both heal and regulate itself. However in order to do so, it needs to be free of obstructions.

Life Rebel Chiropractics owners Dr Tim Shakespeare and his wife Laura.

Life Rebel Chiropractics owners Dr Tim Shakespeare and his wife Laura.

Dr Shakespeare has been a medical professional his entire adult life. Growing up, he always knew he wanted to help people. That’s why he began studying health straight out of high school.

He studied a three year degree in Medical Radiation Science at Newcastle University before working as a radio therapist, helping cancer patients through their battle.

But after 12 months of administering one of the harshest medical treatments known, he had an epiphany. 

“I realised we were getting people right at the end of their health journey, where there were probably things that could’ve been done better and earlier. Now we were just putting out flames,” he explained. 

“I just wanted to get into another field of health care that was more ‘on the front foot’ in fighting illnesses at their source rather than throwing everything we had at them after they’d had got out of control.”

It was at this point that his uncle – a PHD medical researcher – suggested chiropractics to him. He began to look into it and soon knew he’d found his calling. 

He went back to uni and studied a four year Masters in Chiropractics at Macquarie University. He’s been practicing ever since. 

He owns and operate Life Rebel Chiropractics and helps thousands of people every year. 

“Results are super easy,” Dr Shakespeare said.

“The vast majority of people come into a chiropractic office because they have back pain or headaches or neck pain. But those symptoms are just the body crying out for help.

“When you adjust the spine and the pain is resolved in those areas it often leads to other improvements in health too. Because if your spine is healthier where the nerves go to your legs, bladder and reproductive system, then you can start to heal yourself up in those areas too.”

This article is sponsored content for Life Rebel Chiropractics