The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back

I wonder if you can relate to this.

So most people come in to my office complaining of back or neck pain. Like 90%.

I ask them, “when did this happen?” They answer anywhere from 2 weeks ago to years ago.

Then I ask, “Did you do something to cause it?” Typical answer is no, not really. I just woke up with it or I bent over to tie my shoe. Something like that.

No trauma. No car accident or sports injury. It just started hurting.

What the heck is going on here?

Allow me to explain. Waking up in the morning did not cause your back pain. Tying your shoe did NOT cause your back pain.

The truth is that your back was in bad shape before the final insult that created your pain.

You see you can have a problem and not have pain but your back is in such bad shape that something simple like sitting up in bed or bending over to tie your shoe creates pain in your back. Now you are suddenly aware of your back. It hurts.

Have you ever heard of the straw that broke the camels back. You can stack 999 pieces of straw on a camel’s back and it will be fine. But put one more piece of straw and the camel’s back will break.

Was it the one piece of straw that broke the camel’s back. NO. It was all 1000 of them.

And so it is with your back. Which brings me to why I recommend that you continue to get adjusted even after the pain is relieved.

Each adjustment removes a handful of straws from your back. If I stop adjusting you soon after the pain is relieved, you might still have 995 pieces of straw on your back. You are just begging for more pain in the near future and bigger problems down the road if we just leave it like that.

I don’t want to do that to you.

Let’s get as much of that straw off your back as possible and then keep it off. Life is hard with a broken back. Just ask the camel.

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