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How is chiropractic like a manicure?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on October 8, 2008

I was talking with a friend who has also been getting adjusted by me over the last few years.  While my friend has seen chiropractors for many years, she had never heard about the wellness aspect of chiropractic care.  In fact, in all her previous chiropractic experiences, she would get adjusted ONLY until her symptoms cleared up.  At that point, she would be released from care and not come back until her symptoms did.

At the point that I had started adjusting her, it had been a few years since her last chiropractic experience.  She came to me because her symptoms of tingling and numbness in her hands had returned AND the only thing that ever helped were adjustments.  Obviously, she responded quickly to the adjustments and the symptoms cleared up in no time.  But, she was shocked at my answer when she asked the question, “How can I keep this problem from coming back?”  My answer was simply, “You will probably need to get adjusted on a regular basis for the rest of your life”.

One of the biggest prejudices people have about going to the chiropractor is they “they want you to go forever!”  The truth is that YOU are the customer.  YOU decide how often and for how long you want to get adjusted.  Like my friend, lots of folks are satisfied to simply go until the symptoms go away, then stop.  the problem with that approach is that you never really get the source of the problem cleared up.  So, the problem continues to get worse over time causing you to have to go back later.

I proceeded to tell her that regular adjustments over time help keep pressure off your nervous system.  And since your nervous system runs every aspect of your life and every bodily function, regular adjustments help you reduce stress that builds up in your body causing all sorts of aches and pains, as well as many chronic autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, arthritis (and all its’ derivatives) migraine headaches, high blood pressure, ulcers, ADD/ADHD, even infertility and sexual dysfunction.  Oddly enough, my friend had had a foot of her colon removed because of IBS, which is made worse by chronic stress.

It was at that point that she asked a question I must have heard a thousand times over my chiropractic career.  “Why wasn’t I told about this by ANY of my previous chiropractors?”  I didn’t really have a good answer.  I think part of it is that chiropractors don’t want to seem TOO bold about what they claim, so they simply take the easy money and adjust till the pain goes away and hope to see you when the pain comes back.

Chiropractic is like a manicure. This was a little hard for me to grasp at first, simply because I don’t get manicures.  But with a manicure, the nail polish either fades away or is slowly chipped off as you go through your normal routine.  So, ladies generally go back on a weekly or monthly basis.  I’m sure one reason they go back is because they like being pampered a little.  Another reason is that they simply like how they feel when they look better and a fresh manicure always looks better than an old one.  Chiropractic adjustments are very much like that.  While one adjustment is great and a few are even better, the true benefit from chiropractic care comes when you make it a part of your life.  Whether weekly or monthly, regular visits help your body stay aligned and dealing with a stressful world much better than if you don’t go at all.  And when you go to the chiropractor on a regular basis, you also get to ask questions about where health really comes from and compare perspectives between your chiropractor and your MD.

If women get their nails done on a regular basis and men change the oil in their car every 3-5000 miles, why wouldn’t you make sure to keep stress off your nervous system?  After all, your nervouse system controls EVERY function in your body!  Every life experience is filtered through your nervous system.  In other words, if you’ve got stress on your nervous system, your life can be an absolute mess without you even knowing it!

If I could encourage you to do one thing it would be to talk to your chiropractor about long-term wellness care.  If you don’t have a chiropractor and want to know more about living a better life without drugs and fear of sickness and disease, read more of my blog and feel free to ask questions.

Best wishes for a powerful day and inspired life!

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 14, 2008

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder, affecting some 58 million Americans.  Yet it’s also one that many people aren’t comfortable talking about because the signs and symptoms may be embarrassing. Some signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea, constipation or both

Many people have only mild signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Sometimes the problems can be disabling, however. In some cases, you might have severe signs and symptoms that don’t respond well to medical treatment.

For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.

No one knows exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome.  Some researchers believe it’s is caused by changes in the nerves that control sensation or muscle contractions in the bowel.  Others believe the central nervous system may affect the colon. And because women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes might also play a role.

Irritable Bowel symptoms can be triggered by a range of things from gas or pressure on your intestines to certain foods, medications or emotions.   Many people have an intolerance for dairy products.  If you suffer from IBS, you’ll know shortly after eating or drinking dairy products.  Another trigger is stress.  Most people with IBS find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during stressful events, such as a change in their daily routine or family arguments.

Because it’s not clear what causes irritable bowel syndrome, medical treatment tends to focus on the relief of symptoms.   Some of the treatments include anti-diarrhea drugs, anticholinergic (these drugs suppress the nervous system) drugs and even anti-depressants.  Bear in mind, all of these drugs have side effects, some even fatal.

The most effective means of prevention of IBS symptoms has been stress reduction and management.  Some forms of achieving stress reduction is psychological counseling, biofeedback, exercise, yoga, massage, meditation, deep breathing exercises and even hypnosis.

One of the most telling realizations about Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that no one knows what causes it, yet it is usually made worse with stress and better when stress is reduced.  As with seizures and high blood pressure, specific chiropractic adjustments (that affect the parasympathetic nervous system) have helped many individuals suffering from IBS, even ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

If you’re suffering from these chronic (and sometimes debilitating) condition, wouldn’t it be worth giving chiropractic a try?  No drugs, no side effects.  If you’d like to give chiropractic a try to help restore some balance in your life and health, let me know.  If I’m not in your area, I’ll be glad to help you find a good chiropractor near you.

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