Imagine your smoke alarm went off in the middle of the night. What would that mean? Right, there’s probably a fire somewhere in your house. Now what would you think if the fire department came over, pulled the battery out of the smoke alarm, and told you it was okay to stay? Well, I agree with you, that would be crazy! The reason I mention this is because pain is the same as this battery in the fire alarm. It is an indicator, no more. The smoke is alerting you to the bigger problem, the fire. But if you turn off the alarm and get rid of that annoying beeping, your house will still be on fire!
Pain is your body’s way of getting your attention and letting you know about a larger problem. Pills and potions may offer temporary relief of symptoms but they are unable to heal on their own. Pain is the last thing you will feel when a part of your body is not functioning correctly. When a patient starts under chiropractic care, it is common that they will begin to feel better in only a few adjustments. If they discontinue care after symptoms begin to improve, they will return saying that the relief did not last. Unfortunately, your body has to function better before it will feel better. We all wish the opposite were true. The truth is that it takes time for dysfunction to cause pain and other symptoms. On the same token, it takes time for your body to heal and stabilize these areas.
With that being said, when is the best time to get your spine checked? When you don’t have pain! That may sound silly, but we also brush our teeth every day whether they hurt or not. We do things proactively not because of symptoms, but because we know they are good for us.
Dr. Blake Tishman is a board-certified chiropractor located in Coral Springs, FL. He practices at wellness facility with his father, Dr. Jerry Tishman DC. Learn more at http://www.tishmanwellness.com/.