One thing that I’ve learned from observing my patients is that small changes make a big difference. The greatest health changes come from those who do small simple things on a regular basis over a long period of time.
One related quote that I like is “Ordinary things done consistently produce extraordinary results” and I’ve found this to absolutely be true in regards to health. Take working out at the gym as an example: Going 4 times a week for 45 minutes and exercising moderately will produce much better results than doing one highly intense two-hour workout every two weeks. In chiropractic care it may be something as simple as some back strengthening exercises done once every other day for several minutes, taking breaks from the computer regularly, maintaining your posture while working, drinking water instead of coke, or going home and resting immediately after an adjustment in order to get the most out of a visit to our office.
Just like coming into our office on a regular basis, efforts like these have an additive effect over time- like laying one brick on another to eventually build a wall, and although the work we do INSIDE the office is a fantastic way to keep the spine and nervous system healthy and ensure optimal nerve function, it’s the things that are done OUTSIDE the office that really determine how much you get out of it. People who take full responsibility for, and actively participate in their health understand this concept, but unfortunately not everyone has been taught to approach their health this way. In fact, our medical system, drug ads, and even our parents have influenced us with beliefs that run exactly opposite to this! The fact is though that our health is our choice and our responsibility.
If taking care of yourself is truly a priority then take to heart this quote which I think sums things up perfectly:
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”
– Robert Collier