Chiropractic Care: Don’t wait until you’ve crashed to take care of yourself
Health is like the Titanic. There are three phases of destruction, and the human body is very predictable.
During phase one, the iceberg is visible, but the captain of the ship thinks there is plenty of time to change course.
Things like bad sleeping habits, eating on the run, skipping exercise and letting work interfere with relationships are very common during the first phase. Allowing a hectic schedule to take priority over spinal health is another phase one problem. When the spine is hindered by postural strain, the organs become weak as well. But if it’s not in plain view or causing immediate pain, why worry?
In the second phase, the ship takes a hit. It might be a minor bump and no one thinks to look for a leak. I see this every day when my practice members notice mild to moderate muscle spasm, sprain or stiffness. If the discomfort goes away quickly, no one is concerned about the weakness that still persists.
The spine can take a lot of hits, but below the surface nerves become overstimulated and the silent epidemic of inflammation spreads like a wildfire. Blood sugar and blood pressure slowly creep upwards, and there may be no other obvious changes. While inflammation continues, smaller blood vessels stop nourishing parts of the body.
During the third phase, the water level rises enough to ruin a nice pair of shoes. You can sing the last few songs with the band and then hold your breath. There is no lifeboat when it comes to health. There is no abandoning ship and jumping into a new body.
Prevention is just plain boring. It takes time and commitment to see health improvements. The good news is that Dr. Gordon can make it exciting. He or she can show you how simple lifestyle changes can turbo-charge your chiropractic adjustments so you gain strength and resistance to handle life’s icebergs. That is what the maintenance phase is all about (see below.)
There are also three phases of chiropractic care.
The relief phase is the quickest phase, in which my patients get out of pain. It does not actually get rid of the problem, it just relieves them of the symptoms at that time.
The corrective phase starts once the pain is gone and takes longer than the relief phase. It takes care of the problem so it doesn’t come back.
The maintenance phase is where you maintain what you have acheived throught the corrective phase. My members begin learning new and better ways to care for themselves, which aids in maintaining the stability of the spinal correction or adjustment.
DISCLAIMER: This Web site is not a prescription for or diagnosis of any disease or condition. Information is based on the assumption that a thorough examination was done previously and the reader is under the care of a medical professional. This information is not a substitute for a live doctor.Don’t wait until you’ve crashed to take care of yourself; May 15, 2012 3:05 am • Lisa Ann Homic, Special to The Citizen