By the time you actually feel disease symptoms your body may have had problems for weeks, months or even years.
Visiting a chiropractor only when you suffer pain is not always a good approach. Imagine only seeing the cardiologist after you’ve had a heart attack or only getting your teeth checked by a dentist after your teeth are starting to rot.
The best time to be checked for spinal nerve stress is now. Like these other diseases mentioned, spinal nerve stress is often silent. You may have it and not even know that you have it there, and it may cause dysfunction to your body without any obvious signs or symptoms. The next time your chiropractor discovers a part of your spine that’s sore and you didn’t realise it be thankful that they have identified a problem that you may never have known about.
Chiropractic patients are often requested to return to the chiropractor even after the original aches and pains have disappeared. Why is this the case? Your doctor of chiropractic has very good reasons to request your return even if you’re feeling great.
Chiropractors will always do their best to eliminate your pain as quickly as possible. The only problem is once the pain has disappeared you might believe that the problem has disappeared as well. Unfortunately you may not realise that for a problem to manifest into pain it may have been there for a very long time, causing other problems in your body that may also be unnoticed or progress silently without any signs and symptoms. These other problems can be things like worn joints, tight or spasming muscles, uneven muscles, painless damage to ligaments tendons or discs, scar tissue deposited in various parts of your spine and deterioration to muscles. Deposition of scar tissue or fibrosis can be a particularly serious problem because this residue builds up even within a few days of spinal stress. Also, muscles begin to adopt unhealthy patterns and these muscles need to “unlearn” this activity before you can hold your spinal adjustments properly and allow your spine to return to its normal state again. Scar tissue or fibrosis is like having rust inside your body. This muck will prevent your spine from healing properly, prevent normal movement patterns and prevent proper alignment. Until all of this scar tissue has dissolved your body doesn’t have a chance to rebuild damaged tissues and hold healthy spinal alignment. For this reason it is important to have regular spinal corrections or adjustments to slowly remove the scar tissue from the spine, to retrain the spine to its normal movement patterns and to retrain the normal alignment in the spine, despite how you are feeling.
A growing trend in preventative health care approaches is having the spinal column checked for nerve stress before problems arise. This preventative approach allows the spine to remain healthy and to not develop problems silently which might take many years to manifest into signs and symptoms. Regular chiropractic patients often realise how important it is to have their children checked for spinal nerve stress before they develop any problems down the track.
Chiropractic spinal care phases.
Another way to put the importance of chiropractic visits into perspective is to describe these visits into their three phases, these are:
Phase 1, the acute phase. This is probably the most easily recognisable phase of chiropractic care. People visit a chiropractor when they are suffering pain or stiffness or restricted movement. Often these symptoms can be greatly reduced or eliminated after several weeks of chiropractic treatment or as few as a handful of visits for some people.
The second phase of chiropractic spinal care is called reconstructive or rehabilitative care. This second phase of chiropractic care helps retrain the muscles and ligaments to a new pattern so the body can start to heal in the right alignment and heal with normal function. Individuals in this phase may require repeated spinal adjustments despite feeling no pain or discomfort as the adjustments attempt to retrain abnormal spinal patterns, positions and movements.
The third phase of chiropractic treatment is called maintenance or wellness care. This third phase of care is often started once maximum improvement has been demonstrated by the patient. Regular chiropractic checkups at this stage will help keep the spine at its optimal level of health, address any minor problems before they have a chance to develop into larger problems and also to keep the spine healthy from everyday stressful activities such as sitting in a chair. Unfortunately our sedentary lifestyles are the main reason why we develop poor posture and subsequent spinal problems. We were never designed to sit in a chair 9 to 5 Monday to Friday staring at a computer screen or carry a heavy schoolbag everyday. It is often these activities that we least suspect cause most of the problems we face.