If you decide to take up golf without investing in a few lessons first (like our friend former NBA All Star, Charles Barkley did) you’re bound to develop some bad habits. And once those bad habits get locked into muscle memory, don’t expect a few training sessions to fix it! It’s going to take time and repetition to undo the damage.
It’s not uncommon to see clients who get great results from chiropractic stop their care once they feel good, only to return with their original problem or something worse. Many repeat this cycle over and over again - traveling up and down the feel good, feel bad roller coaster of temporary relief, without truly getting healthy.
If you’ve ever crashed your bicycle and twisted the handle bars out of whack, you probably got up, stabilized the front tire between your knees and muscled the frame back into alignment before hopping on again. Everyone knows riding a bike with crooked steering could put you at risk for another spill down the road.
There’s an old adage that says “...if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Nothing could be more true when it comes to inactivity and losing normal function in your body - and your lifestyle may be to blame.
If you ever want to observe perfect biomechanics, watch a toddler pick up a toy from the floor. You’ll never see them bending over, moaning in agony like an old man. They drop their hips, maintain a perfect centre of gravity while lowering themselves, then pop right back up with the ease of an Olympic lifter.
You walk into your Chiropractor’s office, hop on a table and point to where it hurts. But the Chiropractor adjusts a totally different part of your spine… not even close to where you feel the pain. Why is that?
It’s not uncommon for folks to ‘tail off’ Chiropractic care as soon as the pain is gone, only to return months down the road wondering what they did to bring it back. In most cases it’s not what they did that caused the problem to come back - it’s what they stopped doing that did.
The brain stem is the most important, central command center of your body (like Houston control). Located at the base of your brain and extending into your upper cervical spine, it serves as the crossing point for trillions of nerve fibers that carry the data of life from your brain, to your body.
As many of you will be aware we have encouraged practice members to ensure optimum levels of vitamin D3 in your body – either through supplementation or preferably through sun exposure.
Many patients come into our office under the impression that if we pound a vertebra hard enough we can drive it right back into it’s proper place and everything will be magically fixed again.
This would be lovely if it were the case but we have to bring a degree of sense, science and structure to our approach, consistently working to get your body back into healthy working order. However, one of the biggest areas of confusion is why we have symptoms in the first place. If numbing symptoms was the only thing that mattered then there would be no such thing as massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy or Chiropractic – as morphine is able to kill the symptoms of back pain or sciatica quicker than any physical therapy. It’s just important that we aren’t naive enough to think the problem has gone away if we can’t feel the pain.