I wanted to share an experience from the past week I had. As a chiropractor about 90% of my work involves fixing
1)Back pain from acute accidents. Think lifting a couch, slipping and falling, playing sports or car accidents.
2) Chronic pain such as headaches, tightness and stiffness leading to pain from sitting or posture or other injuries that result from repetition.
3) Radiating symptoms which include shooting pain, burning, numbness and tingling in the hands or feet. By the way, these symptoms are usually just the natural progression from unaddressed chronic issues like those mentioned above.
The last 10% are usually special cases like ear infections and nutritional problems and/or concerns.
Chiropractic care is effective because it address the cause of pain, which in many cases is muscle tightness that prevents the normal motion of joints. This in turn leads to pressure on the nerves exiting the spine preventing the body from healing properly and thus causing the problem to continue and usually get worse.
So a few days ago my son, who is usually a ball of energy, kept saying his rib hurt and he didn’t want to get too active because it would make it worse (sound like anything you have ever said to yourself? I know I have). There was no specific injury and kids don’t generally have as much pain as grown-ups. At first I just thought it was nothing.
He kept telling me the same thing all day though so finally right around bed time I had him lay down and I checked his middle back. Sure enough he had a tight little knot of muscle and what felt like a rib slightly out of place. I adjusted him, he said it felt better, end of story right? Wrong!
The next day after school he said it had hurt during recess. Again, I checked his spine, found the same problem and adjusted it. He said it felt better. After that I just checked it once a day for 4 days and as the muscle tension decreased and the rib started to feel normal each day guess what? He stopped saying his rib hurt!
Ok, so it’s not a script that will land a TV series but the point in telling you this story is that any person of any age can have back pain that is EASILY treated. If I had brought him to urgent care or something they likely would prescribe a muscle relaxer and maybe tell me to give him some children’s Tylenol. Clearly this would fail to address the actual problem right? It’s also important to note that in this case the pain was not directly in the spine or back. Altered spinal biomechanics can produce pain in other locations on the body.
Take a minute and ask yourself…
“Do I or someone I know needlessly live with pain?”
For a lot of people the answer is yes. Maybe it’s not keeping you from playing like in my sons case (that’s pretty bad actually, kids love to play!) but maybe the pain is making it hard to fall asleep. Maybe it is making it hard to focus at work because you are uncomfortable all day. Maybe it wrecks the Packer game for you because you can’t get comfortable on the couch. Whatever problems you may be having remember, chiropractic can probably get rid of it or improve it significantly.
If you are reading this and it sounds like you give me a call. It can’t hurt to at least see if your chronic pain can be treated naturally and safely right?
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