A spinal checkupPosted by drphil on Jan 27, 2012 in Dr Phil's Marathon Blog, Portland Chiropractic | 3 comments
A spinal checkup.
If you have been in the same profession for any length of time you likely have noticed you get asked the same questions on a regular basis. This has certainly proven true for me since I opened Bridge City Health in downtown Portland. One of the questions that often arises is “Once I start coming to see the chiropractor, do I have to keep going for the rest of my life?” The short answer is no, but you might want to. There is a long, long list of things that you probably should do for your whole life, but you don’t have to. Humans should exercise, 30 minutes a day at least, for their entire lives. We should eat a balanced diet that is heavy in fruits and vegetables, for our entire lives. We should go get our teeth cleaned and checked roughly twice a year, for our entire lives. The list goes on. It is my opinion that you should add going to see your chiropractor on a regular basis to that list.
I have been a chiropractic patient since I was an infant and have always noticed the benefits. In my athletic career it helped PREVENT many of the injuries I saw my teammates come down with. The list of pro athletes who use chiropractors continues to grow. To be honest it would be odd to hear a pro athlete say they DON’T go to a chiropractor at this point. Maybe you had a bad experience in the past. If that is the case I am truly sorry to hear that, but that was one experience. If we gave up on everything after one bad experience how many good things would we miss out on? One bad relationship, never date again. One bad meal, never eat out again. One goal not reached, never try again. There are as many styles, techniques and approaches to chiropractic as there are people. Look around. Find one who works for you and develop a relationship with them. How often you need to go will vary depending on your body and your lifestyle. I am bent over a treatment table every day, so I personally try to be adjusted weekly. Your maintenance schedule might be different. I think for most people somewhere between every 1-6 weeks is a good routine. Think of it as a spinal checkup. You might be surprised at how good you start to feel!