"Honest, Doc! I wasn't doing anything!"
We hear this one a lot from patients who limp, crawl, or are carried into our office. Every year, millions of people suffer sudden back or neck pain from no apparent injury.
"It usually goes away in a couple of days, or if I take aspirin, so why should I worry?"
Every time you overdo, there's a small amount of damage done to your spine. Vertebra (the bones of the spine) can slip out of position or move improperly as muscles pull. In a few days the muscles heal, the pain goes away, and the vertebrae stay out of place, creating a chronic but unfelt vertebral subluxation. This causes pressure on the nerves and can lead to fixation (a sticking together - seized joints) of two or more vertebrae. When vertebrae are fixated, the fluid in the disc is forced out, causing the disc to dry out and wear down prematurely. Eventually the joints degenerate into a condition called degenerative joint disease. You may know this as arthritis. (Vertebral subluxation = misalignment, abnormal motion, seized joints)
So, all of a sudden, you bend, twist or lift, just like you've done a hundred times before, and OOPS! Your back goes out "all by itself!"
"I was just lifting like I do everyday!"
That's the problem! Constant lifting, bending, poor posture, etc., put consistent stress on your joints. Often, major symptoms can come after a warnings like stiffness, achiness, muscle pulls or spasms, but very commonly there is no warning at all!
Regular chiropractic care can help relieved the small, unfelt subluxations before neglect turns them into major disasters.
What are you waiting for?
Basically, there are three types of conditions:
If a condition which is new and acute is left uncorrected, it can become chronic. If a chronic condition is left uncorrected, it can become permanent. Pain killing drugs only mask your symptoms. Why not find out for yourself, and join the millions of others who have already learned what modern, gentle, drugless chiropractic can do?
Remember: Pain is a symptom that tells you that something is wrong. Chiropractic does more than mask the symptoms: it corrects the underlying cause of the problem to help your body heal itself naturally.
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