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Have You Had Your Hug Today?

Posted: September 7, 2011
By: Drs. Dawn Falite

Chiropractic_Alpharetta_JohnsCreek       Hugging is healthy.  It optimizes the body’s immune system.  It cures depression (better than Prozac), reduces stress, induces sleep (better than Nytol), invigorates, rejuvenates, and has no unpleasant side effects!  Hugging is all natural.  It is organic, naturally sweet, and contains no pesticides, no preservatives, and no artificial ingredients.  It’s 100% wholesome! 

       This is something chiropractors have known for over 100 years.  Current research is finally catching up and proving the importance of touch.  Psychologist Tiffany Field has shown that touch therapy for people of all ages promotes health and saves money.  One study showed that hospital charges averaged $10,000 less for premature babies who were massaged than those who were not.  Also, massaged babies were more advanced in mental and motor development. 

       A more disturbing study done in the 1940’s divided infants into two groups.  One group was continually touched, held, loved, sung-to, and nurtured.  The other group only received bottles and diaper changes.  Tragically, 90% of the second group died within the first three months of the study.  For obvious reasons, the study was stopped.  In psychology texts, this phenomenon is known as Infant Grief Death Syndrome.  In fact, almost all psychoses, personality disorders, and mental illnesses can be traced back to a breakdown in the flow of love in the first few years of life. 

      Touch is one of our basic human needs.  It’s as important as food, water, air, and a healthy nervous system!  Chiropractic is one way to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of touch.  Part of the healing that takes place through the adjustment is the person-to-person contact.  Each of us has experienced radical shifts in our attitude and feelings after receiving an adjustment.  Have you ever come into the office feeling melancholy, gotten adjusted, and then gone home feeling awesome? 

      The adjustment accomplishes two things: optimizes your nervous system andfulfills the essential human need to be touched.  Here’s a good rule of thumb: we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth! 

      So...go forth and hug!!

      We love and appreciate you!! 

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