The only permanent fixes in health care are surgery and some dental procedures. Even after several years of orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, nightly use of a retainer is necessary to maintain alignment of your lovely “new” teeth. I can personally attest to this fact. Yet, for some people the expectation remains that chiropractic is a quick or permanent fix for health issues.
Chiropractic is a functional health care approach that addresses multiple parts of a complicated human body. Patients sometimes have the expectation that a chiropractor can realign the spine and make it stay there, like an auto body technician pulling out a dent in a car door. This is a poor comparison, because a piece of metal has a much simpler existence than you or I. Think about all the tasks you do each day, what body parts need to be involved and coordinated to pull off each task, and how much repair and upkeep a human body needs. You can recover from a hangover, nurse your sore leg muscles from Saturday’s 5K, heal a papercut, and fight off a cold, all at the same time. Your body is dynamic and always changing.
You can manage your body’s functions with medications. It is easy. But the medications never fix your problem; they micromanage your body’s functions. You can manage your weight with diet and exercise, unless you’re one of those lucky mutants who stay thin and sexy while scarfing down cookies on the couch. You can use chiropractic as a tool to support and restore your body’s functions, and maybe you’re one of those lucky people who sees a permanent change after chiropractic care. But just like diet, exercise, and flossing, most of us need to use chiropractic as a regular habit in order to look and feel the way we want.
Neurospinal dysfunction is the result of accumulated physical, chemical, and mental stresses. The purpose of chiropractic care is to address neurospinal dysfunction due to habits and traumas that may or may not have been under your control. The more effort you put into addressing self-care, the less chiropractic care you will need to function at the level you desire.