28 May Can you fix me? How long will it take?
In my nearly 15 years of practice “Can you fix me?” certainly is the most common question…. followed by: “How long will it take?”
Honestly, I don’t like to use the word ‘fix’ as I think it gives people unrealistic expectations. Instead I will tell a person if I believe chiropractic can help them after I have assessed their situation.
Fortunately the majority of the time the answer is “Yes, I can help you”. However, how much I can help and how long it takes depends on a number of factors:
- The length of time the problem has been apparent
- The age of the person and whether there is any spinal deterioration or scar tissue
- The person’s occupation or daily duties
- The relative well-being and lifestyle choices of the person
- The attitude, optimism and willingness of the person to help themselves to get well.
The most successful clients are those who not only follow our recommendations but participate in their own care and doing what they can themselves to assist their own healing! The journey to well-being is a partnership between the practitioner and the client.
We need to understand how our body functions and what we need to do to maintain optimal health. There is a difference between fixing our car and maintaining it or fixing our teeth and maintaining them. This idea has not been translated well enough to our nervous system and our overall health.
Most people who seek chiropractic care are people who present with symptoms such as neck pain, headache or back pain that need some sort of help. Attempted to have their problem fixed definitely make great sense but if the person is not educated on the concept of maintaining the structure of the spine, most of the time the problems will return.
This would not be different than taking painkiller every day for headaches or back pain, muscle relaxant every day for muscle spasm or go to the dentist to get all the cavities filled instead of brushing teeth. These are not proper long term solutions to maintain the integrity of the body.
True health comes from within and needs to be maintained to function optimally. There is no doubt that there may always be a chance that something needs to be fixed but regular maintenance of healthy spine must not be ignored and essential to avoid serious problems that might have a great cost.
See your chiropractor and get your spine check regularly!
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