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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Common questions, part 1

I'd like to take the opportunity to answer some common questions that I get asked. So with much fanfare, let me present part one in the series of Common questions chiropractors get asked. Please feel free to submit any questions of your own.

Question 1) Why would someone want to have an adjustment (for those skeptics saying: I feel fine)
Well, do you want to be healthy, or just not sick?
If you don't feel bad, does that mean you couldn't feel better?
if you feel fine, why would you exercise? Or take vitamins or supplements? Or eat organic produce? Or meditate, or do yoga?
Well, if you're like me, and I assume that by reading this blog you probably are, you understand that by taking some or all of these actions, you can feel better than you've ever felt, function better than ever, and live a more active, vital, long and healthy life.
Chiropractic fits in with exercise, good nutrition, positive mental attitude, and rest (just to name a few), as critical components of the wellness lifestyle. Why? Because chiropractic focuses on the proper alignment and function of the spine and nervous system, which controls every aspect of how the rest of your body works.

Do you want to survive or thrive? Health is a continuum, with symptom-free being pretty much right in the middle.
Here's the problem with making decisions and taking action based on the presence (or absence) of pain. Pain is very subjective, and incredibly inaccurate. Just because you don't have pain doesn't mean you don't have a problem. Many of the degenerative processes in the body don't register pain until there has been a significant, and sometimes irreversible damage.
Is that what you are waiting for? There's no question that if you feel pain, you should take action. It's been said that Pain is an acronym that stands for "Pay Attention Inside Now". But the pain going away is just the first stage of the healing process.

Not everyone needs the same amount of care, but if you've never been checked out then you have no idea what the state of health of your spine or nervous system is. This is not what your family doctor is looking at or trained in. Yes it's true, your GP is not trained to do everything.
Some people are crisis oriented, and wait until they can't move before they take action on their issues. But in the 21st century, many are wellness oriented and understand that there are things that they can do to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
Which type of person are you, and is it working for you?

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