Ounce of Prevention
Well, it appears that summer is fast upon us. Don’t you just love this time of year? Lots of outside things to do- Sun and Fun, I call it.
One of my patients recently came in for an adjustment. She has come every two weeks for many years now. She’d had a mishap with her horse and, as a result, needed extra attention to some injured areas during her last appointment.
I thanked her and told her that when we receive regular adjustments and embrace a lifestyle that supports the full expression of life through the nervous system, we are then able to truly live an exceptional life.
For example: Two people are in a rear-end motor vehicle accident. One gets regular chiropractic care and lives a healthy lifestyle. The other is not as proactive. She eats “sort of well” and “walks a bit.” She is just too busy to look after her health. What do you think the outcome will be?
Yes, you are right!
The regular chiropractic patient comes right in to get checked. She feels fine but wants to be sure that her body is in balance, nerves are flowing freely, and her muscles have returned to a normal, relaxed state after the shock of the accident.
I find a few minor subluxations (spinal misalignments) and some tight muscles. All is restored with an adjustment and some soft tissue therapy (you know my thumbs.) Out the door she goes, back in her ideal state, ready to live life to the fullest. I love it, and so does she.
Now the other one comes in. She has been to the hospital. X rays are good. She is stiff all over, is dizzy, and has headaches as well as pain in her arm and leg. And she’s constipated, too!
This one must start at the beginning. Initial intensive care and lifestyle support. Herbal remedies will help, too. You see, her body is weak, full of toxins and issues that were never resolved. Her body is in a stressful-adaptive state. Her muscles have been tight for so long, both inside and out. She has always been low on energy (overactive muscles use all your energy.) She doesn’t sleep well and is always mildly depressed- sometimes very angry. Not fun to be around, she says. Over time, as she sticks to our health plan and moves through the 4 phases of care, she will recover completely. It will be slow; she needs to develop a healthy lifestyle and get regular chiropractic care for life.
If she chooses to embrace a healthy paradigm (see “The Chiropractor’s Lifestyle”(developing a healthy paradigm) on my website, or ask us) she will be much more resilient to life’s stressful moments, whether they be physical, toxic, or emotional.