People often ask me when they should visit a Chiropractor. The sad fact is, most people walk through my door for one reason and one reason only, pain. Pain is often the last symptom that something is wrong. Imagine the pain someone feels when suffering a massive heart attack. It’s excruciating. However, that same person often has no idea their arteries have been undergoing atherosclerosis (arterial plaque buildup) for many months, even years, leading up to the heart attack. It’s a similar situation when someone suffers a disc herniation. They often felt no pain leading up to the moment the disc herniated. The spine is probably the strongest, most resilient part of the human body. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely to suffer a substantial spinal injury without there having been a major trauma or underlying disease process. Thus, the problems that so many people suffer from in their forties and fifties, could likely be the result of spinal injuries that were allowed to go unchecked and therefore untreated for many years. A common example is someone who was involved in a major car accident in their twenties.
If the x-rays taken were negative for fracture, the person would be deemed “healthy” and sent on their way. No attention would be paid to the postural shifts in the spine caused from the impact of the accident. Therefore, I believe everyone should have their spines checked-routinely. At Los Cabos Chiropractic, every new patient is given a thorough postural and spinal exam using a spinal analysis machine. We look at the entire body in order to find the root cause of any problem. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I am dedicated to correcting the cause of the problem-not just treating the pain. Most people are very conscious of the fact that they need to see a dentist every six months, even if it’s just for a check up. We would take much better care of our spines if they were on our faces.
The important point here is that Chiropractic is more than just pain relief. Sure, it is the most successful, natural way of treating back pain. However, it is so much more than that. It is really a lifestyle choice-a choice to be a healthier person, not unlike diet and exercise. Chiropractic is a tool to be used toward a better quality of life. I encourage everyone to seek out a Chiropractor for a check up. I know you will find it a rewarding experience.