I recently had a young man come in who was complaining of bad low back pain.
Very common problem I see in my practice.
Like everyone, he explained all the details of his situation, when it started, how, what, and why.
Very common descriptions of the pain:
- "it's right here" (pointing to the spot)
- pain, numbness, and tingling down the leg (or both)
- hurts more when sitting
- can't walk for more than 10 minutes without pain
As he talked about his situation, he elaborated about his past health history and childhood.
Often there's a list of problems that happened as a child, and this information shines out at me as an indicator of why they're in their current state of health.
Another gentleman, three decades older than the first also recently started regular care with me.
The difference between the two men was that the older man wished he could turn back time.
Turn it back, WAY back.
Yet, now it's nearly too late.
That's the bad news.
The good news is that although it'll take more time and patience for his body to heal, it's still doable.
But the way I see it, there's more bad news.
Most people, including the younger man, just don't yet fully realise how important it is to take care of your health.
It's number one in my book.
Because I know a whole lotta people who had to learn the hard way, had their lives completely turned upside down because they didn't know the importance of taking care of their health.
I've heard people try to explain to me what they think chiropractic is and they say,
"It's like an MOT, right?"
Um, well, a bit.
But not quite.
See, an MOT is a check up, to make sure nothing is broken or faulty.
And if it is faulty, then it gets fixed.
That's a good thing to do.
Chiropractic care takes it a few steps further though.
Imagine over the course of the year where you drive your car nearly every day, even several times a day; aren't you regularly taking care of it?
Washing it when it gets dirty.
Pumping the tires when they look flatter.
Regular fuel every week.
Changing the oil.
Just generally looking over it to make sure it's in its best running condition, right?
That's what chiropractic care is all about.
Taking care of the spine, your health, and your wellbeing on a regular basis.
Not just once a year.
By the time you're 65 and in pain, less mobile, grumpy, overweight, and unhealthy, it's not a nice way to live your life and it's a lot harder to get things working in a good way.
A LOT HARDER.
So when I have a young man with 'classic' low back pain, I'm going to get serious with him and do my best to help him understand what his 'almost certain future' will be if he doesn't take action now to get healthier and stay healthy.
Sadly, as I sit here typing this, realising what the subject line of this email says, the people who need to read this probably aren't going to.
And if you are learning something from this email, then I applaude and support you.
Come learn more about chiropractic and your regular adjustments.
It's life changing for the better!
See you at your next adjustment!
— Dr MaryAnne