I wanted to write a series of posts answering common questions we get at Omnis Rehab. Today I want to address this. If I see a Chiropractor, will I have to see a Chiropractor for the rest of my life?
First off let’s think about how the human body should work in a perfect world. In this world you would be symmetrical, even, from right to left, from front to back and from top to bottom. When you perform an activity such as lifting object, or when you perform any non-activity like sitting or lying, your muscles should be put in a position where there are equal forces pulling on your bones. This simply is not possible. Think about how you are sitting right now while reading this. Are your shoulders rounded forward? If your head tilted up or down or ever to the right or the left? When you talk on the phone, do you hold it between your ear and shoulder? I think you get the picture. The world isn’t perfect and neither are the people living it.
Next is the adjustment. What are we actually doing? At Omnis Rehab we look at all joints of the body, but for this conversation lets stick to the spine. Chiropractors look for what are called subluxations. In the simplest terms, a subluxation is when a joint does not work properly and causes dysfunction in that joint or another part of the body. Chiropractors will add motion into this joint to restore motion and alignment so that it will function properly. This is the adjustment.
Now let’s go through a scenario. A patient comes into Omnis Rehab with no complaints but heard that it was good to get adjusted. Right after the adjustment is performed the patient gets off of the table with increased range of motion in his or her neck and back and feeling great. They did not realize that this is how their body should move. Now the person goes back to their desk job where they sit all day, or their construction job where they bend over all day. The restricted joints will eventually return, and now they “need” to go back to the Chiropractor.
Your body performs work all day. Therefore your body will need maintenance. If you feel better and perform better after you see a chiropractor, that just reinforces that you needed to go. We all perform routine care for our teeth, our eyes, and even our vehicles but most fall short with their spine which houses the most important system of our body, the nervous system. Each person is different, but everyone should be on a wellness schedule with your Chiropractor whether that be weekly, monthly, or yearly.
Dr. Brady DeClerk, D.C., CF-L1