My Ex-Girlfriend and YOUR Spine
My Ex-Girlfriend and Your Spine
I had a girlfriend when I was younger that ran her car out of oil. When I say ran it out of oil, I am talking . . . the engine seized up on the car. She never changed the oil in her car. She never checked the oil in her car. She killed her car.
She also thought that as long as she had checks in her check book that she had money. But I digress.
The only reason that I bring this up is that some people treat their bodies like my ex-girlfriend treated her car. Lucky for you, your body will usually scream at you with pain before you actually seize up your engine.
You see humans tend to treat problems reactively rather than being proactive and visualizing problems in the horizon and then taking steps to keep those problems from happening.
When it comes to your spine . . . you know . . . your back and neck, not taking a proactive stance will most likely lead to back and neck pain, sciatica, numbness in the arms and hands as well as a host of other health problems.
As an added “bonus” of neglecting your spine, you can expect your golden years to be filled with pain and immobility as arthritis from years of wear and tear on poorly aligned spinal joints rears it’s ugly head. Those years may not be so golden if you choose to NOT be proactive about the health of your spine.
And let’s be honest taking Advil for back pain is like putting a piece of tape over the oil light in my ex-girl friends car. It might make you feel better today but it is setting you up for big problems later.
Some research came out in 2020 that studied the benefits of early intervention compared to the standard medical approach when it comes to acute low back pain with sciatica. Sciatica refers to the pain in the back referring down into one of the legs.
The intervention group received treatment with manual therapy or what I call an adjustment and exercise. The control group received “usual care” which included diagnostics, education for sufferers to remain active and avoid bedrest, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
The study found that the manual therapy and exercise group was more effective in reducing disability, back pain intensity, and patient-reported success than usual medical care at four weeks, six months and at 12 months.
So I will ask you . . . Do you want to be like my ex-girl friend and drive your spine into the ground or do you want to be proactive so that your golden years can shine like we all want them to do.
If it’s been more than a couple months since you have had your spine checked for dysfunction by a chiropractor, give us a call and let us take a look under the hood.
P.S. Yes this is a true story. Stop judging me. 😊