Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Looking at the statistics, the average lifespan in 1900 was 49 years of age! Today?…Nearly 78 years of age. The average lifespan is continuing to grow, and quickly! A report done by the University of Texas estimated that by the year 2050, 800,000 Americans will be over the age of 100! They also estimated that we would have people living to 150 years of age!
One of the things that stands out as we look at the aging population is how much we neglect the structural system of our body. This includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and the ever-important spinal column. Facts show that the most common cause of functional disability in persons over 50 years of age is a spinal disorder! In simple terms, if something is going to keep you from living an active lifestyle over the age of 50, then most likely it will be an issue related to the health of your spine. Estimates show that nearly 85% of people will experience significant low back pain during their life and 33% will have to deal with neck pain at some point.
Why is this the case? Typically, this is because most people wait until they are in pain or their “back goes out” before they do anything about it. Imagine if this approach was how we dealt with our dental health. We would wait to brush our teeth until we already had a tooth ache or cavity. This sounds crazy but that is exactly the same concept. Our spine is a very important, delicate structure and unlike teeth, it isn’t replaceable. Statistics have shown that only about 1/3 of all spinal surgeries can be deemed successful upon completion. A little preventative chiropractic care early in life can go a long way in maintaining your spinal health for years to come.
Chiropractors treat a condition within the spine called a subluxation. A subluxation in simplest terms is a misalignment within spine that causes pinching on the nerves that exit the spine. Through the use of specific exams, muscle testing, and x-ray examination the chiropractor is able to identify exactly the areas of the spine where the subluxations are taking place and gradually move the bones back to their normal alignment through the use of chiropractic adjustments. Over a series of adjustments, the alignment can be corrected and in many cases more serious spinal issues can be avoided.