My reply was, “Would you wait to have a heart attack to start doing something for your heart? Would you wait to have a flat tire in the middle of the night on the freeway to do something about it? Or would you wait until your car’s engine broke and left you stranded before doing something about it? In all of these scenarios you want to do what’s called prevention.
The same principle applies to your body. Most people are programmed to wait until something goes wrong and then they run to the doctor and expect the doctor to fix it. That’s called being reactive. You’re reacting to a situation.
The opposite of that is being proactive. That involves taking a preventative approach to your health. Things like not smoking, not drinking alcohol excessively, keeping your weight normal, exercising regularly, getting regular Chiropractic care, hanging upside down, massage to help manage the stress and so forth.
Just like the warning signals in your vehicle to warn you that the oil is low or that the brakes need to be changed our bodies also have warning signs. They’re called symptoms such as headaches, pain, digestive problems like heart burn and acid reflux, allergies like food sensitivities (gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance) and many others.
The mistake many people make is that they’ve been programmed, brainwashed, miseducated about what to do when those warning signs come on.
For example, headaches and migraines are so common in our society. Most people take over the counter pills based on thousands of commercials they’ve seen on television for the last twenty five years telling them that if they have a headache they need to take X brand of pills for their headaches.
The problem with that approach is you never correct the cause. So you go through life taking pills for this and that and then you can develop side effects from all those pills only to take more pills for those new symptoms. It’s a never ending viscous cycle.
A new patient of mine was going through the viscous cycle of pills and more pills. She finally had enough when the neurologist wanted to refer her to a psychiatrist. She asked her husband to make the appointment with the doctor that pops the spine. This lady has been suffering from migraines, dizziness, neck pain, numbness in her hands, overweight and always in a bad mood. She doesn’t like taking the pills and commented about how weird they make her feel. She admitted that she has a horrible diet. I explained how I could help her but that ultimately she would need to replace some of those bad habits with some new healthy ones. We’ll see how committed she is in turning her poor health around.
This patient has had plenty of warning signs but had been ignoring them and when she finally went to the doctor all they did for her was give her pills and more pills every time she went back.
If you don’t have any warning signs going off that might be good. But that might also give you a false sense of security thinking that because there is no pain there’s no problem. Do you want to wait until you have degenerative discs or osteoarthritis to start doing something about it? Doesn’t it make more sense to do what you can to prevent problems from ever happening? It sure does to me. Especially since I know the importance of the spine and nervous system.
Some people get it some never will. I’m not waiting around until something gets broken. I’m going to do everything I can to prevent those problems from happening in the first place.
What about you?
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