Chiropractic care is awesome because it eliminates the underlying cause of many conditions, subluxations. A subluxation is simply when a bone or joint in the body is out of place and putting stress on the muscle, tendon and ligaments in the area (which causes pain) and pinching the nerves exiting the spine in that area (which causes decreased function).
Subluxations typically cause pain in the area they are and can also cause headaches, upset stomachs, heart palpitations, sciatic pain and shoulder pain just to name a few. If the condition is caused by a subluxation then all the pain medication, physical therapy, or drug treatments won’t do much but offer temporary relief.
So how common are subluxations? Extremely common. The spine is a dynamic structure and unless you sit on the couch all day you have a subluxation in your spine right now. Actually even if you sit on the couch all day you still have subluxations from all the extra pressure sitting puts on the lumbar spine! The situation is similar do dentistry in that almost every time you go to the dentist you have some areas in the teeth that are starting to look or feel like a potential cavity is forming. The spine is the same way. The question is to what degree is the subluxation a problem?
Because we know that there are areas of the spine developing problems all the time anybody who cares about the health of their spine should receive 1-2 adjustments per month. This keeps the spinal joints functioning as normally as possible which slows down and prevents the formation of arthritis and degenerative disc disease, both of which become extremely problematic later in life if not addressed when a person is much younger.
So how do you get the most out of your chiropractic visits? As a practicing doctor who myself gets adjusted 2-4 times per month these are my recommendations.
First, come in and get adjusted BEFORE you have a problem. Nip it in the bud when its just a minor problem instead of waiting until you can’t not come in because of pain, weakness or some other symptom. This is so easy and yet many people wait until the problem is severe before taking action. This is a big mistake!
Second, be consistent. Set up a plan so you don’t miss your visits. Once you feel good (which you will with regular chiropractic care) it’s easy to sluff off and miss appointments. Before long your right back where you started. Be Consistent and you will get so much more out your chiropractic visits.
There you have it. The simple way to get the most out of your chiropractic care. Our office is a life-long, family based practice so if it’s been a while, or you know the kids need a tune up or you actually have an active problem call us today to schedule and appointment. We are here to help.