Written By Dr. Mark
Whenever I have the chance to talk chiropractic with those that aren’t very familiar with it, one of the questions or statements I hear often, is “I’ve heard once you start with a chiropractor, you have to do it for life.” Well, yes you should. I think we’d all agree that we should pursue health our whole life, and chiropractic, really the health of your spine and nervous system is a crucial part of that. But that’s not really the answer I’d give.
Often times I like the dental comparison. You wouldn’t go to the dentist, have him tell you that there’s no cavities, so my work is done, have a good life. He tells you to come back in 6 months to get it checked again, even if you have perfect teeth. But he wont stop there, he will go on to tell you that you need to keep up the good work by brushing every single day, multiple times, and floss! All of this effort for your teeth.
Now chiropractic and your spine. Everyone should have their spine checked. If we find a perfect spine, we’d still want to see them again, a spine is not static, it changes based on how you use it and care for it. When we find a spine that needs work, we make a plan of correction in the office as well as home care.
The home care is a crucial part. You’ll get correction with the adjustments alone, but it will take longer. The home care will speed the process, and will help maintain the progress. In a perfect world without the constant sitting at a computer, driving, and looking down at a device, maybe the home care kit would be sufficient and make the need for lifetime care less likely. Unfortunately that is not our world, lifetime chiropractic care is a need.
That being said we should do everything we can to promote the health of our spine, like staying consistent with adjustments, doing home care daily (this is your spine, your nervous system, your ability to function, way more important than your teeth. Maybe put your head weight on while you brush your teeth :-) and making lifestyle changes to aid with what we do here intheoffice, and what you do at home.
Another great thing to do would be to avoid those things that work against our progress. A great way to do this is the stand up desk. I just saw a commercial for the Varidesk, which can easily switch from a sitting or standing position for the user. Dr. Eric wrote another Daily Sprout talking just about the stand up desk and its benefits. That can be found here:
So take your spine seriously, give it the same consideration, actually more than you give to taking care of your teeth, and yes, everyone should have a chiropractor that will monitor the health of their spine, and keep it well maintained for life.