When I meet new people, I always hear how a chiropractor helped them with their back pain, neck pain, headaches and more. You would think chiropractic is merely a treatment for these ailments. Did you know that the goal of care has nothing to do with pain though? Chiropractors, particularly those who focus on structural correction of the spine, are concerned with stabilizing the spine and returning it to what is considered normal alignment. If the goal of care isn’t to treat pain directly, then why has the chiropractic profession become associated with symptom relief?
Symptoms From Underlying Issues
The reason for this is that many symptoms (or what we call secondary conditions) occur because of an underlying issue. Secondary conditions like neck pain, back pain, and headaches are typically not the primary issue causing your discomfort. To illustrate this, let’s compare your spine to the foundation of a house. If the foundation of your house sunk in by a couple inches on one side, do you think there may be some cracks that appear in your walls? Would your windows possibly become more difficult to open and close? Do you think your floorboards might creak? As you can see, there are a number of “symptoms” going on in this house. What you may have also noticed is that the creaking floors, stiff windows, and cracked walls are the result of an underlying issue – a structural shift in the foundation of your house.
Traditional practitioners, regardless of profession, tend to treat symptoms. They will show up to your house and patch the walls, WD-40 the windows, and put a few more nails in the floorboards. Will this resolve the issues? It definitely will. However, what are the chances your secondary conditions will reappear if you don’t address the foundation? What you really want is someone who focuses on the foundation of your house to come in and evaluate the support beams, the concrete slab, anchors and other supporting structures. After that is addressed, it definitely makes sense to address the secondary conditions if they aren’t resolved already.
Your spine is the foundation of your body. Muscles, blood vessels, nerves, ligaments and more connect to or traverse through your spine. What would happen if your spine shifted away from normal alignment? Is it possible that some of the structures connected to your spine may show symptoms such as pain, decreased strength or stiffness? By addressing the underlying issues with the spine (similar to how architects and engineers analyze buildings) we can stabilize the foundation. When this occurs, many secondary conditions will resolve.