From a patient perspective, if it isn’t broken, why in the world would you attempt to fix it? The typical attitude towards health is highly reactive. Only when something hurts or we become ill do we tend to darken the doorway of our physician’s office. And yet, we are largely aware of the merits of preventative care. We understand that we must eat well and exercise to maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Waiting until these problems have already begun only makes the struggle that much greater. Likewise, we understand the recommendation of preventative cancer screenings, such as colonoscopies and mammograms, based on age and risk, even though symptoms of a problem may not exist. Why should the spine be treated any differently?
Just as graying hair and poor eyesight are all but guaranteed with age, so is back pain. Just imagine for a moment the never-ending job of the spine. Not only must it hold us upright constantly, but it also serves as a super highway of communication for the central nervous system. Signals are continuously being sent between the brain and the rest of the body through the nerves housed by the spine. Unfortunately, all of these jobs become increasingly difficult with age. By the time we reach 60, many of us will have some degree of disc degeneration and will either already be experiencing pain or not far from it.
How can Chiropractic Protect the Body?
Of course, you may be wondering what you can possibly do to prevent an age-related problem that seems a certainty. The answer is simple. Provide your spine with the same level of preventative care that you may afford other aspects of your health, and reap the rewards later.
The primary purpose behind chiropractic treatment is to address spinal subluxations (misalignment) and the symptoms that may be associated with them. Back pain, neck pain, numbness and tingling…these are just a few of the symptoms that may occur in conjunction with a misalignment along the spine. While there are conditions which result in immediate and intense pain, vertebral subluxation often takes its toll gradually, and patients may avoid seeking care until it has become a far more troublesome issue.
Chiropractors are skilled in the identification and treatment of conditions affecting the spine and soft tissue even before major side effects occur. Through thorough examination, the exact location of subluxations along the spine are identified, and an individualized treatment plan is developed to gradually restore proper spinal alignment, alleviating pressure on compacted nerves, often before they become truly problematic. Additionally, as practitioners of holistic therapies, most chiropractors will also advise patients on how to improve their posture and nutrition, both major factors in the development of back pain.
If you are located in the Greater Charlotte area and would like to be proactive in your own health and the protection of your spine, contact one of the SouthEast Chiropratic: The Motion Centers offices to request an appointment. If you are already experiencing pain, we can help. And if you want to avoid pain in the future, we can help with that too.