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  • Nick Gardner DC

Brush Your Spine!

Updated: Feb 5, 2018

About once a month I get asked a very common question about chiropractic. "Do I have to come to the chiropractor forever?" The answer is no. You don't have to do anything. You don't have to eat well all the time either. There seems to be a block in some people's minds of only being able to look at spinal health as a temporary issue. Unfortunately the spine is like many other things going on with your body, it needs regular attention and care. You should brush your teeth daily. You should get your spine checked and adjusted regularly. I feel that this temporary spinal health mindset comes from the point of contact with patients. When a patient first comes to the me they are usually in pain. I have a good track record for pain reduction and elimination, so once patients aren't in pain anymore they find themselves asking "why am I still here?" I will always blame my failures in communication when I hear that question. I mean think about a personal trainer. They will put you on a plan 3-5 times a week indefinitely. You would never ask a personal trainer "so when can I stop doing fitness?" They would laugh at you. And you might laugh too. You know that if you stopped working out and eating right that you will get weak and fat again. Now in my practice I don't like to scare people, but if you get chronic back pain that is a serious issue. Your stabilization muscles have become so weakened that spinal dysfunction hurts you on a regular basis. Losing spinal stability is not a short term fix situation. You may even be mostly pain free after one visit, which is good, but your not healed, your not whole. It takes a minimum of 6 weeks for tissue to heal. On top of that most people will need to rebuild endurance after that 6 weeks has passed. Chiropractic is not magic, stopping a pain signal is not equal to healing. I will never scare or force anyone to participate in care. It's your body. I just want the best life outcomes for you. More and more we are finding that your health status is determined not by what you do now, it more likely determined by the habits you repeatedly had 5-10 years ago. Problems and injuries are hard enough to handle if you deal with them as they arise. Letting a problem sit for 5-10 years makes for near impossible health interventions. Chiropractic care is a good, healthy thing that keeps the spine and surrounding musculature in optimum condition. You should do as many good, healthy things as you possibly can. You should "brush your spine."


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