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Symptoms (Feelings) vs. Function

Symptoms: What are they?

There are approximately 420 million nerve tracts in the human nervous system. About 10% of these are responsible for feelings: pain, pleasure, numbness, hot, cold, etc. In the United States though, most of our healthcare systems, our health insurance industry and most people have 90% of their attention focused on symptoms or “how you feel”. Often, when a patient enters our office, they are focused 100% on their symptoms. Symptoms, such as low back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain and numbness are not conditions. They are warning signs that something is going wrong and needs to be fixed. If you break your ankle, what happens? It hurts! Imagine what would happen if those symptoms weren’t there. We’d walk around, work, go dancing and do other activities on that broken ankle until some permanent damage is done. Your body is telling you something is wrong, fix it.

Sometimes, if the symptoms are life-threatening, they need to be dealt with immediately. Most of the time though, a better approach would be to find the cause of the symptom and eliminate it. Logic dictates that eliminating the cause will in turn eliminate the symptom as well. Treating ONLY the symptom, is like having your check engine light come on in your car and having the technician spray some black paint to cover up the light. Symptoms are not a good measurement of health. A splinter can create a lot of pain, yet it is rarely very serious. On the other hand, cancer can be festering in someone’s body for years and not even produce symptoms until stage 3 or 4.

back pain headaches neck painWhen someone comes into our office, we take a case history, conduct a thorough consultation and perform a detailed chiropractic examination. Once we determine if the symptoms are not life-threatening, we proceed with x-rays if they are necessary. Chiropractic adjustments are then started accordingly. At this point, it is our goal to shift the focus away from the symptoms and direct them toward restoring nerve function. The major unfound cause, especially in chronic dis-ease of decreased function of the nervous system is VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION. With time and repetition of chiropractic adjustments to VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATIONS, we find a restoration in the function of the nervous system leading to an improvement of the overall health of the individual.

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