Masking Pain

Being a chiropractor exposes you to the human condition on a daily basis. Among what I’ve learned about people in 4 years that things aren’t always as they seem, people tend to wear ‘masks’ to cover up deep issues that are going on under the surface. People get very good at this too.I can’t recall how many times a young man or woman in their teens, 20’s or 30’s has come into the office appearing on the surface to be a healthy, vibrant individual only to find out after their consultation that their health, well-being, and even their sanity is often hanging by a thread due to a health issue of some kind.

Stats Canada echoes this observation. According to figures from 2008, ‘16% of those aged 18 to 64 and 27% of seniors reported chronic pain’, or ‘Pain or discomfort that prevents activities.’

This is incredible to me. To put it another way, well over 1 out of 10 people you see walking around on the street, from teens to adults, is suffering from an issue that is decreasing their quality of life, as is one out of every 4 seniors. From what I’ve witnessed in practice, these people are usually doing a pretty good job of hiding it too, in other words, they’re suffering in silence, often without any idea that an intervention like chiropractic could help them. Don’t believe it? Just go to your local grocery store at noon and observe people very closely as they walk around- it might be an eye-opener.

As we become more and more sedentary and inactive as a nation, and as diseases of lifestyle (heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer) become more and more prevalent I would expect the number of people suffering from chronic pain to only increase.

If life isn’t to be lived, then what is it for?

The point here is that chronic pain (something chiropractic can often help with) is epidemic. Chances are you know someone that needs help, is suffering silently, and doesn’t know where to go for help. The place I look to first is the spine and the system that controls EVERY function in the body- the nervous system. 2,500 years ago Hippocrates said something similar- “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”

So take a look at your own health and then the health of those around you that you care about. Are there people that you know who could likely benefit from chiropractic care? Are you keeping it a secret from them? How might their lives be different and the lives of their loved ones as a result?

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