Every day I enjoy the opportunity to help someone toward achieving their health goals, but some days the fruits of the combined effort of myself and my patients are quite evident.
Yesterday was one such day in which several patients who had completed both their “Initial/Intensive” 5 weeks of care and their initial phase of “Maintenance/Corrective chiropractic care” were reassessed. The results were all unique to the patient but there was a common theme with all of them- a slow but steady improvement in their overall quality of life and a steady improvement in their ‘objective findings’- (their Infrared Thermal Scan, and Video Xray) which reflect improved function of the body’s nervous system.
While MOST people experience a huge upswing in their general well-being in the first 5 weeks of care, my experience has shown me that those who stick with care to really correct their spinal issues (even after their first 5 weeks and the initial feeling of massive improvement has gone) experience a slow but steady improvement in their overall quality of life after the initial care phase.
A good example of this is a patient of mine who is an avid runner and aspiring marathoner. When she started care she was held back from what she loved doing by the fact that a moderate half-hour jog would leave her with significant low back, hip, and knee pain that would have her popping over-the-counter painkillers until the pain subsided enough that she could run again. Just last week she completed a challenging 14 km run with ease and no pain afterwards. This same patient is also finding that she can sit at her desk and type for 8 hours straight without major issue- a task she would not have dared attempting even after her initial 5 weeks of care when she was doing much better and “feeling great!”
Does her spine look and move perfectly yet? No. Is it slowly improving along with her confidence and quality of life? Absolutely! And not only that, she is also taking an active role in her health- eating well, taking care of her spiritual/emotional health, staying active, and yes- doing the postural exercises I recommended to her every day.
To put it another way- would you only go to the dentist if you had a cavity? Or would you only brush your teeth for 5 weeks and then wait a year before brushing again? I would hope for your sake and for those around you the answer is “Of course not!” 🙂
Now consider this- how much more important to your health is your spine and nervous system than your teeth? (Not to downplay the importance of your oral health or those working in this field of course!)
That’s why I recommend ‘Corrective/Maintenance’ care for all my patients- because the story above is what I hope to see for all patients- an increased ability for them to live life and express life to the fullest potential possible for them.