From time to time, we get the question, "How often do I need to have my spine checked? " They wanted to show up once a month for a quick "crack" or only when something hurts. The response: "It's like trying to put out a forest fire with a glass of water... your intention is right, but the volume is lacking."
Yes, one adjustment in a lifetime is better than none. But if you really want to reap all the benefits that chiropractic care offers, consistency is the key.
People want to do the minimum work needed to get the maximum results. It's human nature. Quick fix solutions, drive through windows and get rich quick schemes all appeal to that part of our brain that wants results right now. And temporarily covering up symptoms or doing away with offending body parts is not an effective solution.
Research by Tapio Videman, MD has shown that when subluxations are left uncorrected for as little as two weeks, and then corrected (spinal adjustment), there remains some permanent degeneration in the joint. It never goes back to 100%.The reason we check your spine weekly is largely due to this research. If we checked your spine on a once a month basis and you did something that created a vertebral subluxation between visits, the damage to your spinal joints would have some permanence before you got back to the office. Same thing with every three weeks and every two weeks. Outside of checking your spine every moment of every day, once a week spinal checks assure that you will spend the most time free of subluxation and functioning at peak performance.
I'm often asked by my practice members what specifically caused them to become subluxated.
We're exposed to hundreds if not thousands of stresses every day that could overcome the internal resistance of the body and contribute to subluxations.
If we all had a warning light on our forehead that turned on when we were subluxated, we might know what stress (physical, chemical, emotional) was the final one -- the "last straw" -- that finally overcame our body's resistance and caused the subluxation.
We could then go to the chiropractor whenever our warning lights were on.
Unfortunately, we do not have that light and we cannot know when we are subluxated, because most of the time there are no symptoms associated with a subluxation.
So rather than waiting for enough damage to accumulate in a way that produces some noticeable symptom or health problem, we determine that it is wise to have our spine checked for subluxations regularly by a chiropractor.
Thanks Stamatis Tsamoutalidis, D.C. for this article.
Changing the structure of the body, changes the function of the body. If you alter the structure of the body, with a vertebral subluxation, you alter the function of the body.
Every vertebral subluxation without exception has a negative effect upon the body, but not necessarily upon the symptoms of the body. Symptoms are not the first stage of disease.
And so it makes sense to want to be adjusted and stay subluxation free whether you have a symptom or not.
---Adapted from an article by Reggie Gold, D.C.
Racing cars have spoilers to cut down on wind "drag". ---Structure affects function.
Swimmers may shave their bodies and wear skin-tight suits to lessen their resistance in the water. ---Structure affects function.
Bowling balls are round for a reason. How many pins could you hit if the bottom of the ball was shaved flat? ---Structure affects function.
Your body is functioning exactly as it is currently designed. To change the function of your body, YOU MUST CHANGE THE DESIGN, the structure!
When you and your family have your spines checked at least once a week for subluxations, you influence your structure (body) in a positive way. If your structure is better, your function will be better, every time.
Thanks to Sasso Family Chiropractic Center for this article.
Daily stress can weigh down your nervous system like a ball and chain. Repetitive physical, chmical and emotional stress can subtly cause misalignments in your spine called subluxations. The resulting pressure on your nervous system from uncorrected subluxation can lead to fatigue, restlessness and mental fog. The solution... Get adjusted! Unlocking your spine with regular chiropractic care can restore your lost energy, vitality and alertness. Break the chains of subluxations with regular chiropractic care and reach your potential today.
The story goes: If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away to escape the danger. But, if you put a frog in a kettle that is filled with cool water and gradually heat the kettle until it starts boiling, the frog will not become aware of the threat until it is too late.
I'm not sure if this is accurate, but the story bears remembering. The second frog accommodates stress and fails to take appropriate action because it happens on a subtle gradient.
We do the same. We accommodate physical, chemical, and emotional stresses until we can't, producing subluxations. As you know, most subluxations do not produce any obvious symptoms. How long we keep those subluxations will most likely determine how adversely our body's functions, health, and life are effected.
Getting checked regularly, will help keep our nerve system as clear as possible to do the work it needs to do to keep us functioning better and at our best in health and all areas of life.
Thanks to Stamatis Tsamoutalidis, DC for this article.
Whether you move or not, your choice stimulates the cytoskeletons of all your cells in a way that signals “this behavior is what I do, so please adapt.”
Our cultural patterns of localized bone loss are what you would expect from the loading patterns we have in common. Skeletons are a sort of “living story” you are continuously writing.
---Katy Bowman, Move Your DNA