Why Not Chiropractic?
WHY go to a chiropractor?
Just say NO! There are lots of cheaper short term "band aids" to help with pain. However; are they actually fixing the root problem and are they causing more harm than good? Chiropractic is known to help patients get symptom relief relatively quickly, but is that WHY you should go to a chiropractor? Ask yourself: Do you really want to work to identify and fix the underlying cause of your pain and symptoms? Do you want to get back to living well and feeling like you used to? If so, continue reading…
To answer this let me first ask you a question: Why should you go to your Dentist for routine checkups? Or why should you continue to go to your doctor for regular checkups if you have diabetes or some other disease?
Unfortunately, the general public is unaware of why you should go to a chiropractor. Here are a few common misconceptions:
1. Only go to a chiropractor if you have back pain, neck pain, or get in an auto accident.
2. Be careful, because once you start, you won't be able to stop.
3. Spinal adjustments are dangerous!
So why SHOULD you go to a Chiropractor?
To overly simplify a complex question: Chiropractic doctors specialize in finding and fixing misalignments in the spine causing pressure on nerves that exit the spine telling the body how to work. Correcting these misalignments allows the body to run and function the way it was designed to. Chiropractic is safe and effective.
Think of it this way: The brain tells the body how to do LITERALLY everything. If you dis-connect the brain from the body, what happens? (you die) What if I were to place a rubber band tightly around my finger. The blood and nerve supply would be choked off and eventually, the finger would die. Similarly, when the brain is not able to communicate as well with the body (heart, lungs, small intestines, muscles, etc) due to pressure squeezing off communication from the nerve, the body doesn't work as well, causing excess stress, wear and tear on the body and eventually dis-ease. Just like the rubber band analogy, when there is pressure on nerves, the body compensates and doesn’t work as well. In the spine, the process can take much longer, developing over week to years of not taking care of the spine. You don’t start to realize the issue till pain or lab studies diagnose a disease or problem that has been years in the making.
Pain is the very last thing the body tells you when something is wrong. When patients come in with neck pain and back pain just wanting a quick fix, we can help with that...but this is only a temporary fix and they have missed the true benefit and goal of chiropractic. The beauty of Chiropractic is that it focuses on finding the root cause of your pain and symptoms; it works to fix that structural cause; and then it allows the body to function optimally like it was designed.
…SO WHY NOT CHIROPRACTIC?
Let me ask again. Why go to your Dentists for regular checkups? You go to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Mis-alignments of the spine (subluxations) are like cavities of the spine. Why wait till you get pain, damage, and permanency (like tooth pain) in the spine before you get your spine and nervous system checked? Once pain comes, we are already fighting an uphill battle that has most likely been going on a while (unless it was due to an acute auto accident or injury). When the body is in crisis, it takes much longer to get patients better.
So why go to a Chiropractor? DON’T. Only go if you want an opportunity to live a healthier and more energetic life. On my first visit to a chiropractor I went in because of a painful shoulder injury I got doing jiu jitsu in high school. I got pain relief quickly but soon realized that chiropractic is so much more than just getting out of pain. Now I get regular checkups (at least 1-2x/month), not because I am in pain, but because when my spine is in alignment, I get sick less, I heal faster, I don't have to use pain meds anymore, I feel better, I move better, and I feel my body functioning better. I also regularly check my whole family because chiropractic is safe and effective.
We see miracles in the office every day. Patients with years of migraines no longer having headaches. People with sciatica and nerve pain now being able to walk pain free without having to reach for aspirin ever 4-6hrs just to function. Patients who report gut issues now feeling much better through chiropractic and nutrition. These are just a few benefits. It’s amazing seeing how the body starts to heal when we take stress off the body through gentle chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, and specific nutrition.
For me, chiropractic is a lifestyle change and a team sport. Chiropractic is preventative, working to keep symptoms from happening in the first place. But it’s not just about getting your spine checked, it’s about doing your home care exercises to help your adjustments hold longer. It’s learning how to eat right, sleep right, and decrease stress in the home. You don't have to go to a chiropractor, but why not? I am so glad 15 years ago I said NO to pain meds, and YES to finding and fixing the underlying problem with Chiropractic, and I have never looked back..
If you are curious if chiropractic can help you, visit our website at www.LivingWellFamilyChiropractic.com or call us at 360.787.6381. Our primary concern is what is your problem and can chiropractic & nutrition help. If we can help you, we will let you know and develop a plan to get you back to health. We are currently seeing patients in Battle Ground but will be coming to Lake Chelan Washington in the near future.