Monday, July 12, 2010

Why Should I Return if I'm Feeling Fine?

This is question I get asked alot as I am working with people. As a society we have been conditioned to believe that our health is based on how we are feeling. Health is actually defined as optimal physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease. In fact the research out there shows that approximately 1 out of 10 nerve fibers can alert you through a symptom. This means we are basing our health on that 10% that communicates through pain and symptoms. That doesn't seem like very good odds to me.

We are still in a time where the majority of the new patients that enter my office do so with some sort of ailment or pain. As I meet more and more people this trend is starting to change. You see the first thing that people learn when they enter my office is, no matter how we have felt up to this point, our first spinal trauma or subluxation occurs at birth.

By just "feeling fine", you are taking a serious gamble with your health. I have met people who "feel fine" but have no energy; they "feel fine" but sleep poorly; or "feel fine" but are tired, have aches and pains, headaches or backaches. There are too many people who "feel fine" and one day have a sudden heart attack, stroke, debilitating pain or are diagnosed with a serious illness, such as cancer.

By the time many people come to see me they have had long standing spinal subluxations, or misalignments. As a result, scar tissue has built up, postural changes are noticed and tender spots in muscles start to show up. These things take a long time to heal and it may take months or years of spinal adjustments to make your spine strong again. The earlier you begin chiropractic care, the better. The longer you wait, the more you are gambling with your health and the longer it will take to resolve the problem.

Symptoms may start to disappear or feel better after just a few spinal adjustments, however, the degeneration caused by years of ignoring the subluxations still remains. If you wait for your back to "go out" again, it just gets harder to help get rid of the symptom. This is why I recommend that people keep their spine maintained even though they are "feeling fine". This maintenance will help continue to strengthen the spine.

The true purpose of chiropractic is not and was never meant to be a form of treatment of aches and pains. Chiropractic was developed in 1895 to rid your body of subluxations so you are better able to adapt to life's stresses. This is why regular chiropractic users report a better quality of life both physically and mentally with reduced set back from colds or pains.

Why use chiropractic as just another "aspirin" to free you from pain when you can utilize all of chiropractic and ensure better health, vitality and life enjoyment for yourself and your entire family for your entire lives?

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