Chiropractic Health

How do you define health?

Most people think about their health only when something goes wrong.

Feeling good and walking on the beach.Faced with a problem, they want the quickest and easiest solution to make the symptoms go away so they can feel better and get on with their life.  This approach to health and healthcare has lead to a variety of treatments that do not actually improve your health, but simply make you feel better or distract you from  the cause of your compromised health.  While relief from symptoms is an important and expected component of appropriate treatment, the goal should be to fix the root cause of the symptoms, rather than simply masking the symptoms.

One of the most common examples of treating the symptom instead of the cause is the heavy and regular use of over the counter (OTC) pain relievers for musculoskeletal pain.

The common pattern that we see in our clinic is a patient that started taking OTC pain relievers once in a while, but found that they had to take the medicine more and more frequently as the problem did not resolve on its own.  Eventually they get to the point that they are taking medicine first thing in the morning so they can get through the day, another dose or two throughout the day, and then a final dose before bedtime to mask the pain enough so that they can sleep.  Eventually this approach fails as their health erodes to the point that the pain relievers are no longer effective.  At that point, some people decide that they are just destined to live in pain.  Others turn to more powerful drugs or surgery as a “fix”.

A large body of evidence and research, however, suggests another option – turn to healthcare providers that can help you uncover the reasons you are having the pain in the first place, and help you unwind the underlying cause.  Recent research also suggests that Chiropractic care for spine and musculoskeletal problems leads to better outcomes and lower costs than other treatments for the same conditions.

If you are suffering from a sports injury, chronic pain or the effects of a car accident, Chiropractic care may be just the thing you need to restore your health and function.

From the article “Pursuing Health”, originally published by Dr. Seth Hosmer on the Hosmer Chiropractic Health Blog, November 14, 2010.