I treat people for spinal problems, optimizing diet and making health promoting life style changes. One thing that is common in many cases I treat is that the patient comes in only after things have gotten so bad they have few other options.
It’s not their fault. It’s human nature to think “Oh well, it will get better”. And often times it does, at least for a little while. The problem with many health conditions is that they occur primarily because they have gone untreated for weeks, months or even years. The small wear and tear of day to day life finally accumulates to the point where symptoms appear.
All to often people have had warning signs before the real symptoms occur. Recurring headaches, bouts of sciatica, off and on shoulder or hip issues, low energy, high blood pressure and more are all like “check engine” lights in the body. Ignore them for a little while and nothing will likely explode but ignore it for longer and it’s only a matter of time until you wind up in the shop for some expensive repairs.
This is especially important with the spine because over time it is the slow wearing out of joints and discs between vertebrae that eventually lead to more severe back pain and problems that can even require surgery. I suggest that as long as there are any symptoms such as headaches, back pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities, etc… that 1-3 adjustments per week is needed to stop the problem from getting worse and allowing it to start to heal.
Once the pain or the “symptoms” have stopped regular adjustments about once or twice a month is a good idea to make sure there are not developing problems and to significantly slow down the degeneration of the joints and discs. This will ensure a much more healthy and pain free life as we age.
Taking the steps to address these problems when they are small goes a long ways to making sure you don’t have much bigger problems 5, 10, 15 or even 20 or more years down the road. Take care of your spine. Take care of your health. Without them you can’t enjoy life to its fullest!