“Momentum is the possession of motion; requiring effort and time to stop it. Chiropractically, momentum is the progress of dis-ease or health, requiring time and effort to stop it.” —RW Stephenson

How you adapt to stress over a period of time is going to determine if your momentum is in favor of dis-ease or health/well-being.

No matter what you choose to do to raise your quality of life, time will always be a factor, and how your adapting to stress during that time determines your momentum. 

For example,

  • It takes about 38 weeks for a baby to fully develop all its organs and body systems before it’s ready to be born. In those 38 weeks, what the mother does, eats and drinks all affect the survival values and momentum for the baby’s quality of life.
  • It takes about 7 days for a minor cut to be healed. In those 7 days, how you protect the cut from infection or irritation with new stress can create new opportunity for damage or healing.

Time is always a factor. If you want to see results from what you put your time and energy into, try to focus on the current action that you’re taking rather than the results from momentum. Results can always takes longer than expected. 

Focusing on the results may shift your focus to how long it’s taking to get what you want, rather than the positive survival values you’re building in favor of adaptational success.

Consistency is key with momentum. Consistent action will move momentum in the direction of achieving your goals and getting to where you want to be over time. By focusing on the consistent action that you’re taking, it gives you confidence that positive change is taking place and momentum is in your favor.

Time is always going to be a part of the process, so remember to enjoy the process to reach your desired quality of life.

For those who are ready for a change in your quality of life, take responsibility for the actions that have or have not been taken. Being responsible for our own well-being is no easy task. We are constantly faced with choices that will either build up our well-being or tear it down. 

One way to harness momentum in your favor towards a higher quality of life is to start looking at stress as an opportunity to become stronger by adapting to it. Look at the struggle or challenges you’re facing as an opportunity to take personal responsibility for overcoming the stress in your life and creating a stronger survival value within your physiology. 

The secret to stress is the more you can adapt to the invasive forces that stress poses on your physiology, the higher your gains or survival value can become. No different than going to the gym everyday and increasing the amount of weights or “stress” you are bench pressing: the more weight you add, the greater the resistant forces to that weight you will achieve. This process of adding muscle tissue in response to weightlifting is adaptation in the form of survival values.

When utilizing this perspective towards stress, the negative challenges become a builder of momentum. Resistance builds strength and you can decide right now that your current stressors are there to build you into a stronger person because within each of us is a source of recuperative powers to adapt and heal to a higher quality of life.

Regardless of what your current state of well-being is right now, you have two approaches toward its state tomorrow: momentum towards positive adaptation to life’s stressors or towards compensation, weakness and disharmony. Life constantly throws difficulties and challenges towards us, choose to find ways to adapt to life’s stressors.

Choose to take personal responsibility for your current state of momentum. Every decision you’ve made up to this point in your current state has brought you to where you are now. Look forward and find ways today to become stronger so momentum can swing in your favor.

Trent Scheidecker, DC


Trent Scheidecker, DC | ChiroWay of Woodbury | Owner & Chiropractor
Trent Scheidecker, DC frequently visited his chiropractor when he was in high school and knew the benefits he experienced were worth the time and investment to become a chiropractor. He wanted to help his community experience a higher quality of life through regular chiropractic care. In 2010 Trent founded ChiroWay in Woodbury and since that time has served over 3,000 clients. He has been named “Best of Woodbury” in Woodbury Magazine seven times. Trent has also mentored colleagues in practice and franchised ChiroWay in 2012. Today, there are 8 ChiroWay locations throughout Minnesota.