After receiving an adjustment, your body will be experiencing less structural stress and can send more healing energy throughout your entire being. Your chiropractor will suggest you return if you are feeling “fine”. Why not wait? You may be making a big mistake if you wait until you have symptoms to be proactive regarding your health. Lack of pain is a poor way of determining how healthy you are. In fact, it can be dangerous. Too many people who “feel fine” one day have a sudden heart attack, stroke, debilitating pain or are diagnosed with a serious disease such as cancer the next day. “Feeling fine” is no indicator of your health status.
Most people visit their chiropractor for the first time after they have had years of long-standing health-undermining subluxations, often unbeknownst to them for years. By that time, internal tissue (fibrosis) has built up around the spinal discs, nerve and joints.1 Long-standing subluxations also cause postural changes, tender muscle areas2 and trigger tender spots.3 The earlier you begin chiropractic care, the better! The longer you wait, the more scar tissue builds up4 and the longer it will take to resolve. Although your pain may have diminished, the weakness in your structural system usually remains. It may take months or years for your body to rebuild and replace internal scar tissue. So, although symptoms may disappear after a few chiropractic adjustments, the degeneration from years of uncorrected subluxations remains usually – this is one of the main reasons why the spine and structural system take time to heal.
The true purpose of chiropractic care is not a treatment of aches and pains but to rid your body of subluxations as they occur, so you are better able to adapt to life’s stresses. That’s why people who choose a chiropractic lifestyle report better quality of life, improved physical health, improved emotional health, less perceived stress in their lives, less drugs in their lives and more energy, vitality, and life enjoyment.5-11
Your body’s wisdom sends energy and information to your nerves (nervous system), spinal cord, and brain; this helps you adapt your body chemistry and organs to be in balance with the world, everything you eat and drink, and breathe to maintain homeostasis between you and the world. When this information and energy is flowing without interference, your body and mind are more sensitive and attuned to your life and needs. The goal of a chiropractor is to keep your structural and nervous system free of blockages so your ability to adapt and maintain that homeostasis is enhanced. You will be stronger, more balanced, and thrive and grow better as you continue your journey to be your best self. Why use chiropractic as an “aspirin” to free you from pain when you can use chiropractic to ensure better health, vitality, and life enjoyment for yourself and family for their entire lives? Keep yourself and your loved ones healthy with regular chiropractic checkups!
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- Hiemeyer K et al. Dependence of tender points upon posture: a key to the understanding of fibromyalgia syndrome. Journal of Manual Medicine. 1990;5:169-174.
- Dishman R. Review of the literature, supporting a scientific basis for the chiropractic subluxation complex. JMPT. 1985;8:163-174.
- Kelman Cohen l et al. Wound Healing, Biochemical and Clinical Aspects. New York: W.B. Saunders Co., 1920:110.
- Meade TW. Randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain: results from an extended follow-up. British Medical Journal. August 5, 1995;311.
- Blanks RHI, Schuster TL. A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health wellness & quality of life: a preliminary study. JVSR. 1997;1(4):1.
- Marino MJ, Philippa ML. A longitudinal assessment of chiropractic care using a survey of self-related health wellness & quality of life: a preliminary study. JVSR. 1999;3(2):1-9.
- Desaulniers AMJ. Effect of subluxation-based chiropractic care on quality of life in a patient with major depression. JVSR. April 23, 2008;1-7.
- Hoiriis KT, Burd D, Owens EF. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: a practice-based research project update. Chiropractic Research Journal. 1999;6(2):65-70.
- Ressel O, Rudy R. Vertebral subluxation correlated with somatic, visceral, and immune complaints: an analysis of 650 children under chiropractic care. JVS. October 18, 2004;123.
- Study associates chiropractic with better health in the elderly. Today’s Chiropractic. November/December 1996.