Maintenance Care

January 28, 2020

Many people ask, “Why do I need to go to a chiropractor?  My back doesn’t hurt.”  That is the biggest misconception about chiropractic.  People think they need to hurt before they require the assistance of a chiropractor.  PAIN is the LAST symptom you want to experience before having a visit to a chiropractor’s office.  Why?  Because you did a lot of things to yourself before you experienced pain and you are going to keep doing all the same things once you get out of pain even though the underlying cause will still be there. 

Many people use chiropractors to get themselves out of pain without drugs.  It may take one adjustment or five, but for many reliefs by chiropractic is still quicker than most drugs and doesn’t have the side effects of drugs.  Unfortunately with the use of drugs the underlying cause is still there.  Your body’s distortions and muscular imbalances remain.  The pain will likely reappear if you do not get on a good maintenance program with your chiropractor. 

The maintenance program can be whatever you and your chiropractor decide upon.  It may be once a week, once a month or once every three months.  Each person is different.  Some may choose to exercise more at home, which helps hold the adjustments and decrease the number of visits to the chiropractor’s office.  Others may choose to go to a massage therapist in between visits to decrease muscle tightness and spasms.

Why might you need to go to a chiropractor?  Are you a laborer?  Do you ranch?  Do you sit at a desk all day long?  Are you pregnant?  Then you should consider seeing a chiropractor.  Laborers and ranchers use and abuse their bodies every day on the job.  I know.  I am a farmer’s daughter.  I grew up working on the farm.  When I was in college I worked in factories during breaks.  I realized how much the body can be abused by doing such work.  I would recommend that people doing such need to come in once a month to keep themselves healthy and pain free. 

Receptionists and office workers don’t use their bodies in the same way as ranchers and laborers, but the still injure their bodies.  Muscles between the shoulder blades can go into spasm causing mid-back pain and neck tightness.  Those muscle spasms will pull on the vertebrae and ribs and cause subluxations.  Subluxations in turn can cause headaches, fatigue, brain fog, vision problems and many other disorders.  Wrist and elbow also need to be adjusted even if wrist pads and supports are used decrease carpal tunnel syndrome.  The motion is still the same and a quick check can prevent any underlying causes.

Pregnant women generally develop low back pain and sciatica during pregnancy.  Chiropractors can help ease these pains and it will not harm the baby.  As visits to the obstetrician increase, also increase the visits to a chiropractor.  The hormones that relax your ligaments in your pelvis for delivery will relax all the ligaments in your body making it hard for your body to hold adjustments.

These are some examples of why you should go to a chiropractor.  There are many other reasons, but the main one is maintenance.  Maintenance is the key to preventing many problems.  Pain is the last symptom you want to experience and the first one to disappear.  However, just because the pain is gone does not mean the cause is gone.  Chiropractors search for the cause of your dis-ease.  Patients make it difficult for us to get them well when they do not establish a maintenance program.  You know you need to maintain your car and your home; why not you?  Think about it and then give me a call to about the right plan for you and your body. 

By Carolyn Gochee

Dr. Carolyn Gochee, a holistic chiropractor, chose to specialize in wellness. Specific aspects of her practice include: Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)- Dr. Gochee is Advanced Certified and has over 500 hours of post-doctoral training. SOT(R) Methods practitioners recognize the important role of normal cranial function in health and disease. The cranial bones can cause problems in central nervous system that are often overlooked or ignored by most other chiropractors. Cranial adjustments help with ADD/ADHD, sinusitis, dyslexia, headaches, and many more. Dr. Gochee has taken hundreds of hours in Functional Medicine. This forward thinking of looking at a person’s labs or blood test. Dr. Gochee has spent many hours studying Functional Medicine and has developed a way to custom tailor your treatment. Many times, a patient will get labs results that are “normal,” which means there is no pathology or disease, but the patient still feels “off” or “not themselves.” Dr. Gochee can take a patient’s lab results, as incomplete as it might be, and find some serious, underlying problems that are being missed by many healthcare professionals.

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