One of the biggest concepts that I take for granted being a chiropractor is the fact that I am never looking for the next health “fix.” It is not because I don’t understand the concept, or haven’t been ingrained with the same commercials and media that everyone else has. In fact, I often have to fight the idea, so I know many others must be struggling with it as well.
Thanks to Dr. Brandie Nemchenko, a King of Prussia Chiropractor, I was reminded of how damaging this idea of “fixing” our health problems can be. In a recent blog she writes about how often her chiropractic patients ask when or how quickly they will be fixed by a chiropractic adjustment. This is probably the question that is asked most often, and unfortunately there is rarely an easy or straight forward answer for most people.
The problem is in the understanding of how our body works, and what we need to do to maintain good health. While we surely understand the difference between fixing our car and maintaining it, or fixing our teeth, and maintaining them, this idea has not translated very well to our nervous system and overall health.
Most people who seek the care of a chiropractor for the first time, according to the cases found in text books, are people with low back pain, neck pain, or headaches. In other words, people who are having some type of symptoms that they need help with. Attempting to have their problem fixed makes great sense, but if that person is not educated on the concept of maintaining the structure of their spine, they will simply continue in a band-aid type of mentality.
This would be not different that taking an aspirin everyday for headaches, a muscle relaxant each day for muscle spasms, or a filling for each cavity instead of brushing. These are not the proper long term solutions to maintain the integrity of the body.
True health comes from within, and needs to be maintained in order to function optimally. There may always be a chance that something needs to be fixed, but the regular maintenance should never be ignored. Otherwise, you will end up with many more serious problems that have a much greater cost.
Queen Anne Chiropractic Center
1905 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109