Hey Folks, time for another awesome blog post about the best thing since sliced back bacon… Chiropractic!
A common question I receive from the non-chiropractor-seeing population (and sometimes from the chiropractor-visiting population as well) is “Why do I need to see a chiropractor?”
Have a seat, (with good posture, of course) this may take a while…
Chiropractic operates under a different paradigm than medicine. This wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that the only health care model that most of us are exposed to from birth onwards is the medical model. Many folks never see a chiropractor in their lifetime (a single tear rolls down my cheek for those people). Even then, some who DO see a chiro never learn about our paradigm as sometimes it’s just easier to try and fit chiropractic into the medical model. To really understand WHY you should visit a chiropractor, we need to delve deeper into the chiropractic wellness paradigm.
Here’s the gist of our model: Aside from some (very few) exceptions, we all share the same genetics that are designed to express health. Unless you believe that absolutely everything you do is preordained, you have to believe that the choices you make in life have an impact on it. I’m here to tell you that provided the right environment (created by your choices), your body (and its’ genetics) have no choice but to make you healthy, happy and wealthy (ok, maybe not wealthy). So when we think about our health in this light, it’s our choices that determine how healthy we are. There are no tricks, no hacks and no shortcuts (Sorry, Tim Ferriss).
“Life is hard!”
I’m not a fan of that saying at all. Life isn’t hard, life is awesome. Life can however, lead to misalignment/motion restrictions/problems with your spine and its’ joints. Some chiropractors like to call these problems, “subluxations”. I personally don’t care what you want to call them, I just want your spine moving better. Like avoiding exercise and eating junk, having these adaptations (subluxations) in your spine is a bad thing. Subluxations can be caused by traumas in the large sense, like being born, being hit by a car/linebacker or falling off a ladder. They can also be caused from small incremental things, like poor posture, sitting too much and repetitive motions. Toxins like gluten, heavy metals, allergenic substances (depending on your allergies) can cause them as well as things as simple as stress (just think about your posture in a stressful situation… not good). As you can imagine, this means living life can frequently lead to these problems in your spine.
“But then I would have them ALL the time!”
False. We’re humans. Anyone who’s ever dropped a baby knows that we’re designed to be resilient. A baby can recover from a small drop but if the baby falls from a decent height or you start dribbling the baby like a basketball there might be some problems. A simple and effective way to think about these causes of subluxation, is as stressors. Stress is a stressor (D’uh?), but so is gluten, too much sitting and taking a line drive to the solar plexus (I’ve always wanted to use that in a sentence). Pain is also a stressor. The effects of these stressors are FAR reaching and reducing/eliminating them is responsible for the far reaching effects of chiropractic. I will get into this in more detail next post, as your attention span is most likely fried by now.
Dr. Adam Ball